Posted by: bschutzgruber | December 8, 2012

Preparing the loom….

I spent this week getting my loom warped and ready for weaving.

I’m using a simple frame loom with nails to hold the warp.

1_tapestry frame loom


1. The nails are set so I will have 8 warp ends per inch (8 epi)

3_nails top 4_nails base


2. A support devise holds the heddle bars.  Since the weaving starts at the bottom and moves upward the heddle bar support is only clamped to the frame this way I can move it higher when needed.

5_heddle bar support 6_heddle bar support


3. Next I looped string around every other warp thread.
Using as second bar I looped the remain warps.

7_string heddles        8_heddles


4. When the heddle bars are in the neutral position the warp is at rest.

9_heddle rod at rest  

When I raise a bar, the heddles lift every other warp thread creating the ‘shed’.
This way I don’t have to lift each warp individually = weaving is much faster!!!

10_heddle rod raised.  11_heddle rod raised    12_open shed


5. Now let the weaving begin……

13_ready to start weaving

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