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« on: March 18, 2008 10:50:03 AM »

I have a dumb newbie question:
How do I know which heddle to use for a project?
And which heddle(s) will I typically need for weaving with handspun?

I'm planning to add a heddle to my children's weaving frame and I'm not sure which one would be the right.
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2008 08:32:13 PM »

Here is link for making heddles.  Homespun is usually thicker than regular yarn so you will need heddles with a larger eye. 

http://www.inkleweaving.com/notes/heddles.html

Here is a site that has specific heddles for Schacht looms.  But it gives a good description of the kinds they have available.

http://www.schachtspindle.com/help/weaving/heddles.htm

Hope this helps you.
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008 02:37:57 AM »

Thanks for the links!  Smiley
But I still have a question:
I'm getting a heddle lasered (out of wood) and I have to tell them how many of the holes and slits there should be on 10cm. I think in Germany they call it a 40/10 heddle or a 20/10 heddle.
Here is a website in english which uses this:
http://www.dalin-praha.cz/rhloom.php

And I can't find a website or anything which says something like: for a 12WPI yarn you'll need a 20/10 heddle or something like that.
I guess if your weaving for a while you just know which to take (like with needle sizes in knitting), but I have no clue what I'll need.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2008 08:05:05 AM »

Lizzie, the heddle I have that will use the fattest yarn is 5 dpi, or 20/10cm.  However, I've only used handspun as the weft for weaving - I've used (so far) commercial yarns for the warp.  The 20/10 cm heddle seems like it would accommodate up to worsted weight yarns, but not anything fatter than that.  If you want to use chunky handspun as your warp, maybe you should get one that's 15/10 or 10/10.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2008 08:25:46 AM »

Ok, thanks!
I think I'll try a 20/10 first, I'm not sure if I trust my handspun not to break when used as a warp yarn.
I'll post pictures of my funny (partly handmade) loom when it's finished (and if it works)  Smiley.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2008 09:25:23 AM »

Hey Lizzie! Just wondering if you had made any progress on your handmade loom. Im so curious!!!

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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2008 02:20:47 PM »

The heddles have been lasered, but they won't arrive at my home until next week maybe.
I'll take some pictures when/if it works!
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