While I still could be at my studio, I wove as much as I could so I could dye it while sequestered at home. Since I wasn’t able to finish weaving the entire warp and I wanted to cut off what was woven, I used the technique in this post. I’ve written about this “2-stick heading” so much that I wonder if people are getting tired of seeing it. It is such a useful technique I want everyone who weaves to know about it. I learned it from my mentor, Jim Ahrens, who used industry techniques for his production weaving business. What I learned from him is the basis of all my books and the reason I wrote them. His techniques from industry needed to be passed on to future generations of handweavers.
I almost always use this because I often want to cut off samples before weaving my “projects”. With this method you don’t lose as much of the warp as when you make knots to tie on again to the apron rod. And you retain perfect tension when you start weaving again. Before cutting off some cloth, weave this heading first.
1. What you do is first weave an inch or so of plain weave (or close to plain weave as possible).
2. Weave in two sticks (thinner the better or use rods or dowels).
3. Weave another inch. In the photo I wove a little more than one inch because plain weave wasn’t possible with this weave structure and my warp was slippery.
This close-up shows clearly how the two sticks are woven in.
This shows where you cut off your cloth, LEAVING THE HEADING ON THE LOOM.
The complete heading remains on the loom. Your cloth has been cut off.
Fold the sticks together and tie them to the apron rod. Now you can start weaving again with the perfect tension you had all along!
Here is a close-up of the knots tying the apron rod to the two sticks which have been folded together.