Preparing to Weave

People often ask how long it takes to weave something, which is a very hard question to answer, because some of the time comes from years of experience, some of the time is in dreaming and experimenting, designing, choosing colours, and generally just thinking about what to make next.  However, once all that is done, the process involved in getting something on to the loom is as follows:

The warp is carefully measured on the warping board in the correct colour order sequence.  In this case four yards of summer green, turquoise, burnt orange and gold.

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The cross is tied to keep the threads in order, and the warp is chained to prevent tangling.  The warp is brought to the loom.

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Lease sticks are inserted through the cross.


The threads are sleyed through the reed in order.

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The back beam is dropped and the stool allows me to sit close to the heddles which need to be threaded from the back of the loom.


Each thread is carefully drawn straight back from the reed to a heddle.


The heddles are threaded in order following the design draft.


The back beam assembly is raised and the threads are tied in batches to the back beam rod.


I ensure the threads run straight through the lease sticks to the reed at the front of the loom.


And carefully and smoothly wind the warp through the lease sticks, the reed and the heddles and on to the back beam, each round separated by cardboard.

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When all the warp is wound on, I tie the end of the warp to the front beam rod.


Insert a header, wind the bobbins,


And let the weaving begin!  Time to complete all the above steps:  about 5 hours.

This warp is 2/16 cotton, 14.5 inches wide, 24 ends per inch, 4 yards long.  The pattern is Bronson Lace.


It makes pretty, lacy little squares.




About spinweaverbarbara

I have been steadily weaving since 1980. I enjoy sharing and passing on my learning.
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3 Responses to Preparing to Weave

  1. aurumeve says:

    Beautiful process and result as well! 🙂 ~ Global Jewelry

  2. Linda Meneghello says:

    Love your talent–awesome!!

  3. vicki collins says:

    Wow, you have to be a patient person for this hobby You do great work Barb..

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