Rigid Heddle Research

"Two devices can be recognised for opening the shed on a narrow warp: the rigid heddle and weaving tablets. The rigid heddle of bone or wood was a flat frame with alternating slots and slats, with holes in through which the warp threads passed. By raising or depressing the heddle, two different sheds could be opened, one above, the other below the general level of the warp. The first datable rigid heddle is Roman, although its use carried on throughout the Medieval period. However, there are no definite rigid heddles from the Viking Age." From http://www.regia.org/braids.htm "The inkle loom, although not itself "period" to the time study within the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), is a useful tool for producing "period style" strips or bands of hand-woven warp-faced cloth or ribbon. The inkle loom, as we know it in the United States today, is widely accepted as a tool imported in the 1930's from England where it is reported to have been invented somewhere between the 18th and 19th centuries. It is used within the bounds of the SCA because it is portable and convenient for inkle and tablet weaving. ... This type of weaving has been around for centuries. In early times, these narrow strips were used as belts, headbands, bag handles, or straps to tie and support things. When sewn together, the strips could be turned into bags for gathering and carrying. These strips were also used aesthetically to decorate clothing. An inkle-woven strip has even survived from the first century AD. The actual origin of the style of weaving referred to as "inkle weaving" seems to have originated in many areas of the world, wherever textile arts have developed. For many centuries, this type of weaving was done on looms such as the bow loom, the forked-branch loom, or the back-strap loom." From http://www.inkleweaving.com/notes/history.html From http://www.inkleweaving.com/notes/designs.html For designing two repeat designs