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Winding On

Hi there! In today’s episode of A Handwoven Experience, we are winding a project on to the loom. This is part 5 in our 7-part series, showcasing a weaving project from start to finish.

When winding on, you’ll need to recall your days playing the game, Twister, because there are multiple things happening at the same time that require a bit of coordination.

This step is particularly wonderful because it the last one before we can start weaving. And the weaving is always the goal! So without further adieu, check out this week’s video!


Show Notes –

Planning a project – This is the 1st step of a weaving project, which include 3 goals – 1) deciding the length of the warp yarns 2) counting how many warp yarns will be in the project, and 3) determining the order.

Warp – The yarns that are in the loom and under tension.

Warping a project – This is the 2nd step of a weaving project where each warp yarn is measured to the same length, and in the correct order. (Typically, this is done on a warping board or mill.)

Sleying the reed – This is the 3rd step of a weaving project. Each warp yarn is assigned to a slot (dent) in a reed. The reed’s job is to keep the project at a consistent width in the loom, which is key.

Lease sticks – A pair of wooden dowels that hold the weaving cross in place.

Beater bar – A large piece at the front of the loom that moves forward and back. It is important because it serves 2 purposes – 1) to hold the reed, and 2) to tighten the yarns in the fabric.

Threading the heddles – This is the 4th step of a weaving project when each warp yarn is paired with a shaft in the loom. This step helps set up the options for the pattern of the fabric.

Shaft – A frame in the loom that lifts and lowers, separating yarns which will then create the weaving pattern.

Winding on – This is the 5th step of the weaving process. The entire warp is shifted through the loom and then tied on to the back. (Requires a bit of balance and a smidgen of patience.)


A little something extra –

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