Setting Up (Warping) My Loom

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.

It’s all one continuous length of thread at first. You pull loops through the slats in the heddle and hoop them around the “post” on the chair…. and you do this (for this project ) 40 times…..

Half-way done.

I use a very tiny crochet hook to pull the thread through the slots.

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.

About 2 hours later, it’s finally ready to go.

The “shed”.

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!  🙂


About micandme

Homeschool mommy to three munchkins, ages 9, 7, and 5. Christ-follower, nurse, wife, knitter, spinner, crafter, camper, hiker, people-pleaser, homesteader-wanna-be!
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One Response to Setting Up (Warping) My Loom

  1. Cary ann says:

    That is very interesting. I have never seen a loom. What are you going to make with it? I can’t wait to see your finished project. Hope you have a great week.

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