Warping a loom is a big project. Here are the basic steps.
I use Carter’s clamps to clamp the loom to the table so it doesn’t move all over the place while I’m working on it.
Then you roll the thread onto the bar, until there’s about 18″ left, cut the looped ends (that were over the post), and thread one of the two threads in each slat into the little hole in the heddle (see next picture). Forty times.
Threading through the holes… so that one thread is in the long slat and one is in the hole. That’s what causes the opening (shed) to run the weft (side to side) yarn through. Eighty threads. Sigh… Then tie the ends to the bar, and start rolling it on, separating the overlapping threads with a piece of paper/newspaper as you roll.
Finally, I can start weaving! The few rows of paper towels evens out the threads and gets the tension even. Warping the loom is by far the most tedious and time-consuming part of weaving! A large (floor) loom can take up to 8 hours or more to warp. I’m glad I just have a “little” loom! 🙂