I recently taught a tutorial class on waffle weave. It was so enjoyable to share this wonderfully versatile weaving technique. However, I thought it might be helpful to everyone to have a pictorial reminder of the cores steps to creating the warp and weft floats on the rigid-heddle that come together to create the waffle texture. These core steps create a 1x1 waffle weave, meaning there is one warp float for every one weft float in a sequence. I call these the core steps because, of course, they can be expanded upon and really made your own! So here it is, with pictures.
1. Put your heddle in the DOWN position. Using a pickup stick (or ruler or paint-stir stick) pick up every other thread behind your heddle. Shown in a marled green color on the picture are two floating selvedges. Floating selvedges should not be included in your thread count or pick-up pattern but are in place to make sure you always catch the selvedge edges. Use them by taking your shuttle over the first floating selvedge and under the second (or under/over) with every pick, keeping your choice consistent, no matter what is happening with the rest of your threads in the heddle. Make sure your pickup stick is laying flat and push it to the back of your loom.
2. Weave one pick with the heddle in the DOWN position.
4. Weave on pick with the heddle in the DOWN position.
6. Put your heddle in the NEUTRAL position. Slide your pickup stick forward so that it is right behind your heddle, then tip it on its side to create a small shed. Weave one pick. This will create your weft float on the topside of your weaving and a warp float on the backside of your weaving. Push your pickup stick to the back of your loom, once again laying flat.
8. Repeats steps 1-7.