This list is compiled from my research when I purchased my loom. Some of them are project based. The downside to project based weaving is trying to find the same or similar yarns, so you may need to think outside of the box in this area. It is also worth joining some weaving groups on Facebook for help. There is Weaving Chat UK and Rigid Heddle Looms (mostly US). A few of the books are about tapestry weaving which is something I am very interested in, however, you can make tapestries on a rigid heddle loom, table loom, or floor loom. The advantages of having a rigid heddle, table or floor loom is that they are more versatile than the tapestry looms and are easier to use because you can adjust the shed with the heddle and you can make longer items.
Weaving Made Easy by Liz Gipson (2008, revised 2014) – This is a project based book for the Rigid Heddle Loom, but if you have a table loom or a fancy floor loom, I don’t see why you couldn’t do the projects on them. There is basic information and all you need to know to get started weaving and correcting mistakes. I referred to this book when making my Quechequemitl. I made a few mistakes. The projects start on page 52. Apart from the rug, all of the projects can be made on a 16 inch loom. There is nothing here that looks too complicated and is geared for the beginner to feel confident with weaving.
Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving by Betty Linn Davenport (1987) – This is more of a reference book than project based, although there are a few projects here with a few techniques that are quite useful. This is definitely one for the library.
On The Loom, A Modern Weaver’s Guide, by Maryanne Moodie (2016) – This is more about tapestry weaving which is what I was originally interested in when I started researching weaving and is a project based book. There are very few things in this book that appeals to me, but I shall keep it for a few ideas. There wasn’t much info on this book as what to expect, but if you are interested in tapestry weaving then go for it. I am still interested in tapestry weaving, but I can do that on a rigid heddle and there are YouTube videos that show you how.
Hand Weaving, The Basics by Lynn Gray Ross (2014 UK) – This book takes you through the different types of weaving with some history behind it. It is not a project based book. The weaving can be done on a tapestry or any other loom. It is more of an ideas book with some tips and you can take what you want from this really. I like it!
Little Loom Weaving by Fiona Daly (2017, reprinted 2020 UK) – All of these projects are made either on a tapestry or peg loom. As stated before, there is no reason you couldn’t do them on any other type of loom, especially the small rigid heddle looms.
The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving (revised edition) by Rowena Hart – How could I not get this book when my loom is an Ashford? Your loom comes with instructions on how to put it together along with a little project to get you started and that is what I did. I followed the instructions to the point of weaving the scarf and then used the instructions from Fibre Hut for making a scarf from one ball of yarn. I will have a go at the sample scarf one day. The first part of the book shows the different rigid heddle looms and how to warp and thread them before starting on projects. If you like projects, there is a lot here. There is a section on tapestry weaving on the rigid heddle loom. There is even a section on double heddle weaving at the back of the book. It is a good reference book to give you ideas on how to use patterns and using your loom. Another one for the library.