Using Pick-up Sticks for Patterning on a Rigid Heddle Loom

  • Saturday, October 01, 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, October 01, 2022, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, October 01, 2022, 2:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Fiber Arts Zoom Room, Class Code FI100122DJ
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    This class is offered via Zoom with the option of watching a live-stream in the Fiber Studio. Please note that if you attend in the Fiber Studio you will need to adhere to BARN COVID policy.

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**This workshop will be held via Zoom and live-streamed in the Fiber Studio.** 

Take your weaving to the next level!  If you already know the basics on your rigid heddle loom, create beautiful patterns while learning to use pick-up sticks. These complicated-looking patterns can be achieved with relative ease.  

Make a beautiful sampler while mastering this technique and learning many textural patterns.

Although this is an on-line course, students are welcome to view the course in the Fiber Studio with other participants.  We will live stream the class.


  • Warp the loom with 48 ends (24 slots, 24 eyes) with a 83” warp, using a 7.5 or 8 dent reed and about worsted weight yarn.  
  • Weave in waste yarn to even out your warp threads and then weave about 1” plain weave, tucking in the tail at the beginning of your weft.  
  • Note:  It is important to have exactly 48 threads in your warp.

Supplies Needed:

  • Warped loom, measuring tape
  • 2 pick up sticks appropriately sized for your loom
  • 12” x 3” piece of light colored cardboard or manilla file folder
  • 400 yards of worsted weight yarn in a solid color that is smooth, strong, non-hairy, and at least 2 ply.  This includes the yarn used for your warp. You can also use 200 yards each of 2 different solid colors and warp with one color, saving the second color for weft.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • About 10-15 yards of waste yarn (acrylic works best),
  • Cardboard tube from inside a paper towel roll
  • 2 brown paper grocery bag


  • This class will be taught via Zoom and live-streamed in the Fiber Studio. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this  tutorial.
  • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.


Deborah Jarchow is a full-time weaver and artist who teaches and lectures on fiber arts, creates and sells wearable art, and exhibits her work at galleries and museums across the United States. Her commissioned pieces are held by churches as well as in many private collections. Deborah loves helping people discover the joy of weaving and during the past several years, has focused her teaching mainly on rigid heddle looms.  Until recently, she traveled extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise.  She is known as a generous teacher who makes weaving accessible and exciting to students of all levels.

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