As the yarn turns…

Hello! It’s time to wind the yarn onto the loom! Here goes…

Ready to begin winding!
Ready to begin winding!

We’ll start with all the essentials – loom, yarn, mug of hot tea… Everyone’s idea of “essentials” is different!

Profile of the back of the loom
Profile of the back of the loom

I’ve found that it is more comfortable to thread the heddles with the rear of the loom collapsed and the back beam removed. Once the heddles are all set, the loom can be stretched out and the beam placed back on!

Back extends out
Back extends out
Top goes back on
Top goes back on

Then, the rod comes over the beam and the yarns are tied to it! Now, the winding can commence!

The yarn is tied to the back rod!
The yarn is tied to the back rod!

So, the ultimate goal of the “winding on” process is to end up with all the yarns evenly rolled onto the back, avoiding twists, tangles and breaks! Keeping the lease sticks in the project helps with that. But, the key steps are to give each group of yarn a tug at the front, before moving to the back and slowing winding them on, using something to keep everything the same height. I like using yard sticks, since I have a 36″ wide loom. (The math just makes me happy!)

View from the front
View from the front
Slowly winding the project on!
Slowly winding the project on!

In the early years, I used some long scrap pieces from Lowe’s to fill in the back between the layers of yarn. Trick is, they weren’t sanded down, or a consistent width! And when faced with the sanding prospect, I opted to go find yardsticks instead. Isn’t it odd how certain tasks seem WAY to daunting – like sanding a few sticks? Yet, I’m happy to spend hours dressing a loom… Hmmm….

LOVE some yardsticks!
Love some yardsticks!
Bird's eye view of the back
Bird’s eye view of the back

This part of the “dressing the loom” process is definitely my least favorite. Probably because it’s the last step before the weaving begins! Typically, I’m thinking, “All right, already! Let’s weave!” (Ah, sweet impatience…)

Almost there...
Almost there…

The ends are moving towards the lease sticks, meaning it’s time to start knotting! All that excitement and more will be coming your way shortly! Talk to you soon…

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0 thoughts on “As the yarn turns…

  1. <> We get to choose our preferences for detailed tasks. The same amount of time can seem endless or brief, depending on the joy…. Love your descriptions, as ever! Lizz

      Wishing you peace, love, light, and the joy living of an Inspired life!

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