Heddles

Heddles connect your shedding device to the warp threads of your loom.

While many Mirrix customers choose to purchase our Swedish-made Texsolv heddles for use with a Mirrix Loom with a shedding device, you can also make your own reusable heddles.

First, what’s a heddle? A heddle attaches your shedding device to your warp threads. They are used only when weaving tapestry and bead weaving WITH the shedding device. You will need to make as many individual heddles as there will be warps in your weaving.

What material should be used to make heddles? The thinner and stronger the string you use, the better. For bead weavers, cotton quilting or beading thread works great. For tapestry weavers, cotton crochet thread, linen warp or single-ply cotton warp works well.

How to make heddles: To make heddles you want to make some kind of jig. This can either be made with a piece of wood and two finishing nails (nails without tops) nailed three and one-eighth inches apart or with a simple piece of cardboard (or thin piece of wood) three and one-eighth inches long.

Wood & Finishing Nails:

Cut ten-inch lengths of your heddle material, one for each heddle you will make. Tie each length around the jig, using an overhand knot to secure the ends. In order to get that knot to sit right next to the nail, slip a needle into the knot before it is pulled tight and push the knot toward the nail. Then tighten it. Trim off the ends of the heddles to within a quarter of an inch of the knot.

Cardboard:

Cut ten-inch lengths of your heddle material, one for each heddle you will make. Tie each length around the cardboard, using an overhand knot to secure the ends. In order to get that knot to sit right next to the or edge of the cardboard, slip a needle into the knot before it is pulled tight and push the knot toward the edge of the cardboard. Then tighten it. Trim off the ends of the heddles to within a quarter of an inch of the knot.