Here are step-by-step photos for making continuous string heddles. The kind of thread I use for the heddles depends on the kind of warp yarn I am using. When using medium to heavy-weight mercerized cotton, I generally use the warp yarn as the material for the string heddles.
If I am using fine, unmercerized or softly spun cotton, silk or wool, I might choose to use a tightly twisted crochet cotton or even tatting thread depending on the size of the yarn. I try to match the size of the heddle material to the size of the yarn. A lot of my indigenous weaving teachers use nylon thread or cord for their heddles as it is less abrasive on the warp. I dislike using nylon but you should experiment and find out for yourself which kind of heddle string you prefer.
In this tutorial, my warp thread is a fairly heavy -weight mercerized cotton and I am using that same material for the heddle string.
I wound a warp for double weave for this demonstration which means that each heddle will be holding a pair of warps. Normally each heddle controls a single warp. Whether you are using doubled or single warps the method for making the heddles does not change. A video of the process can be seen at the end of this series of step-by-step photos.
Here is a video of the process from my article Backstrap Basics on WeaveZine.
Simple string heddles without a stick for narrow warps can be made following the step-by-step photos in my article Backstrap Basics on WeaveZine.
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