The process of warping

In pictures (mostly)!

First: measure the warp.  I forgot to take a picture of this part, but it just means measuring out the lengths of yarn.  The shawl is 72″, plus about 20″ for tying on the warp and stuff.

Second: put each strand of yarn through the heddle.  Here’s the black stripes done, in a pic from panel one of the shawl.  The red is waiting on the warping board on the other side of the table.  In total there are 180 strands.  It… takes a while.

Once all the yarn ends are put through the heddle, it’s time to tie the ends to the loom and start rolling on the warp.  This is a pic from tonight’s work.

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The white-and-taupe stuff on the rolled side is shelf liner.  It helps keep the warp even.  I had been using long, narrow pieces of cardboard — warping sticks — but they never did as good of a job as I liked.  So I’m trying the shelf liner this time.

And then you tie the other end onto the cloth beam (so called because as you finish weaving the cloth goes around it).  I didn’t take a pic of that part tonight, so here’s a picture from the first panel of the shawl.  (You can see how the wound-on part of the warp looks uneven.  That’s what the shelf liner is supposed to prevent.)

Back to a pic from tonight: I’ve put a cardboard tube over the knots.  It’s another trick I read to help keep the tension even.

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Then you run thick waste yarn through the warp to space out the strands, and then you’re all set!  I haven’t gotten to that part yet, because I just finished warping.  I’ll start the actual weaving tomorrow.

Hope this has been a fun look at how a rigid heddle loom is set up.  I’ll definitely post about how the cardboard tube and shelf liner work out.  wish me luck!

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