All wound up!

The warp yarns are through the heddles in the loom – time to start winding!

Tying on the back
Tying on the back

First up, the yarns are tied to a rod, that is lashed to the back beam of the loom.

View of the back of the loom
View of the back of the loom
All tied on!
All tied on!

When the back beam rotates, the rod pulls the yarn onto the back beam and voila! We’re winding on!

Profile shot
Profile shot

At the front of the loom, I separated the yarn into chunks. Each chunk gets a tug before I forward the yarn through the loom. This helps prevent tangling.

View from the front
View from the front

If you recall, I left the lease sticks in the yarn at the front. They become useful during this part of the process. The goal is to work through any knots or tangles before they hit the reed or the heddles. It just makes life easier!

Lease sticks
Lease sticks
Yarn's still in order!
Yarn’s still in order!

I like to set up pseudo-bookends on the back to keep the yarn in line (aka thick grey wool yarn, tied in place). Imagine having 30″ of yarn winding around the back. Over time, those 30″ might creep out to 31-32″. Then, it doesn’t stack onto the beam evenly, the tension gets crazy, and you want to crawl under the loom and cry a little bit. In an effort to avoid ALL that drama, I use a beefy yarn to act as a barrier, keeping everyone going in the right direction!

Keeping the width
Keeping the width

And we can’t forget my beloved yardsticks! I place one every 3/4 turn or so. The idea is to make sure the yarns are all going on evenly.

Love my yard sticks!
Love my yard sticks!
Winding on!
Winding on!

Almost done winding! Next up, I’ll tie the yarns to the front, prep some neckties, and start weaving! ‘Bout time, right? Talk to you soon!

Making progress!
Making progress!

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