My way is the European method of warping Back-to-front. It is what I taught hundreds of beginning weavers. Basically the steps are:
- Make two crosses when you make the warp. One for threading the heddles and one for loading the raddle (a group cross).
- Instead of making a warp chain, wind the warp on a kitestick.
- Load a raddle–not too coarse.
- Wind the warp onto the warp beam under a lot of tension.
- Thread the heddles
- Sley the reed.
- Tie on the warp to the cloth apron rod.
I think back-to-front is the ideal method for beginning weavers to learn because
it is a method you can always depend on. I’ve also found that the first method
you learn is usually the one you know best. Therefore, I think that a method that
works for all kinds of projects is the best one for a beginner to learn first. When
you want to weave fabric for a wedding dress, or a ceremonial cloth, or some
very large project, probably using rather thin threads, you can do it because
you know a method that can handle these complex projects efficiently without
tangled and broken threads. Front-to-back is not suited for such projects.
My previous books are more like references with much more detail and reason why. Book #1 tells about making the warp (plus sett, planning). Book #2 tells about putting the warp on the loom. Book #3 tells about weaving.