Beginner Weaving – Tying Warp

How to tie Warp onto Front Beam, part of a 10 Step series of articles on how to your loom

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10 Steps to Warping – Step 10
When the warp has been evenly wound on to the back beam, you are almost ready to weave. All
that remains is tying on to the front apron rod and checking your tension.

The warp threads are tied to the front apron rod in about 1 inch sections. Bring the bout
of threads over the rod, split the bundle in two, and tie a single overhand knot and tighten
the tension. Repeat this all the way across the warp threads.

front beam knot

Once all the threads have been tied, run your hand lightly across the threads. You should be
able to feel for loose spots – if any of the threads have an uneven tension. Again tighten all
the threads, adjusting any that are loose.

warp tension

Once you feel that the tension is even, then tie a second overhand knot on each thread to
secure them in place.

The next step is to go under your loom and tie the pedals according to the tieup plan in your

draft.

tie warp to loom

Then release the brake and advance the warp forward so that the rod is over the breast beam.
Put the brake back on, and tighten the tension on your loom. You are ready to weave!

Using a contrasting weft color, weave a header – a couple of inches of both tabby and your
pattern. Check for crossed threads and errors in threading. If there are any, you will have to
untie those threads, make the necessary threading corrections, and retie.

weave header

Congratulations! You are done and your warp is ready to go! Happy weaving!

Step 1. Choose your project and yarns.

Step 2. Determine the sett of your cloth, or how many threads per inch the fabric will be.

Step 3. Choose the correct Reed

Step 4. Calculate the Yarn requirements.

Step 5. Wind the Warp using a warping board or warping mill.

Step 6. Remove the warp chains and place them on the loom.

Step 7. Sley the Reed.

Step 8. Thread the heddles, following the draft plan.

Step 9. Wind the warp onto the back beam

Step 10. Tie the warp ends to the front beam.

Congratulations! Now you a ready to Weave!

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Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi