And what can you do with all those wide open spaces?
If you’ve ever tried to use novelty yarns for warp, (or decided you weren’t willing to take the risk) you’ll immediately recognize the potential here.
Smooth, even, and relatively small yarns glide through the spaces of most heddles and reeds – making them an ideal choice for warp.
But lumpy-bumpy, thick and thin yarns often refuse to cooperate.
Sometimes they can be persuaded to do what you want them to – moving up and down, backward and forward – without too much help, if they fit through the spaces of your heddles and reed.
But what about yarns that don’t fit?
Oversize yarns and novelty yarns can cause problems when you try to use them for warp.
Yarns embellished with knots and beads, hairs and feathers – or other exotic bits and pieces – can get caught, hung up, tangled and stuck.
The 2.5 dpi rigid heddle was designed to solve some of those problems.
And yes, this would be a good place for a photo of some beautifully weird and wonderful designer yarns – but I don’t have any of those in my stash.
What I have instead are big, thick, super-bulky handspun yarns like these:
And that heddle with those big spaces made me start thinking about big bulky yarns in a totally different way.
Instead of assuming that over-sized, thick materials could never be used as warp – I started to wonder what if?
So I did a couple of experiments.
First, using 3/4 inch cotton twill tape.
And then using some of my super bulky handspun.
Now I’m looking at several other possibilities. Things I’ve always thought could only be used one way – as weft.
Whether you have a stash of novelty yarns you’d like to use or just want to try something different, consider adding the 2.5 dpi rigid heddle reed to your weaving “toolbox”.
You might find yourself headed in a whole new direction.
I gotta go look through my stash.