Intermediate Rigid Heddle [3 Session]

Expand on your rigid heddle weaving skills over three 2.5 hour sessions.


$155.00 per person

Per Session:

2h 30min

About this experience

In this three-session class you will expand on your rigid heddle weaving skills with the Spider Sisters, Judy Donovan and Sara Robbins, local Mt. Airy residents and fiber artists. Learn a handful of more intermediate and advanced techniques that will take your weaving to the next level!

Students will make a sampler-style scarf or cowl with a variety of fibers in beautiful textures and colors. In this workshop you will learn clasped weft, brooks bouquet, using pick up sticks, and inlay. You will be able to create your own completely original work of fiber art.

This is a 3-SESSION workshop that meets on all of the following dates (apologies for the confusion - our event booking app is working on making this clearer in the future!). By signing up for this $155 workshop you are signing up for 7.5 hours of class over the following dates.

Friday - NOVEMBER 29 // 6-8:30PM
Saturday - NOVEMBER 30 // 9-11:30AM
Sunday - DECEMBER 1 // 9-11:30PM

Feel free to bring your won rigid heddle loom if you have one! It's not required (we will have looms for everyone to work with) but you're welcome to BYO.


This is an intermediate class and basic weaving skills are required. Price includes thoughtfully sourced materials (no additional materials fees). Students will borrow 16" Ashford Rigid Heddle looms during the class session. Students also get 15% off in the shop while they are workshop students (for multi-session/week workshops this discount applies to the entire duration of workshop).

All classes meet at our shop at 606 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia PA 19119 - in the heart of Mt. Airy Village. There is plenty of free on-street parking as well as High Point Cafe and Weaver's Way Co-op steps away for your food and beverage needs. Kiddos are always welcome to hang in the shop!

CANCELLATION POLICY // Wild Hand is happy to offer a full refund for cancellations made a week or more in advance. For cancellations made less than a week in advance we can offer a full store credit refund.

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JUDY GELZINIS DONOVAN is an award-winning wearables, bead and fiber artist who has been creating art-to-wear garments, quilts and beadwork for exhibitions, runway and invitational shows for over 25 years. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally and reflects an urban sensibility with a color palette from the south Pacific, where she grew up. Judy started out making her own clothes as a teenager, then moved on to quilting, knitting, spinning, bead weaving and traditional cloth weaving. She joined the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers in 2010 and is currently their Programs Chair and Guild Librarian.

SARA ROBBINS grew up in the Midwest and wishes she had learned how to knit, quilt and crochet from her grandmother and godmother. But proving that it’s never too late to learn something, she took up basket weaving in the 1980’s and apprenticed with a well-known local weaver. One person saw the organic nature of her baskets and suggested she might like Saori weaving, a more free-form style that does not follow a specified pattern. Sara joined Ready to Hand, a Saori
studio in Philadelphia, studied the technique and was completely entranced. Sara has served on the Board of Directors for PGHW for four years, as newsletter editor, and is currently the Outreach Coordinator and Education Co-Chair.