Repairing Broken Warp Threads: 2 Methods

There are two ways to make repairs: by replacing the warp thread completely (quicker) or by making a splice (the right way I say in my beginner book). Not sure I agree with that exactly. Locate the end of the broken warp thread that comes from the warp beam. If you can’t find it, use the replacement method. It’s usually easy to find the thread and its exact location in the heddles if you have the lease sticks behind the heddles. The “lease” (cross) is an enormous help in tracing where the thread goes in the heddles and then the reed.

The splice method:
Take a new piece of warp thread (several inches or more longer than necessary). Attach it to the broken end, take it through the heddles and reed. Then wrap it around a pin like a cleat onto the cloth. The break can be anywhere. If it is in front of the reed or in the heddle area, I would take the broken thread to behind the heddles and tie. It can hang up in the reed if it is in front of the heddles. In my Weaving for Beginners I show a more proper way. That is, to tie the new thread to the broken one as far back as possible with a bow. When the bow appears behind the heddles, undo the bow and there should be enough thread to go through the heddles and attach with the cleat to the cloth. USE A WEAVER’S KLNOT because it is a thin knot.

The replacement method:
Measure out a new warp thread a bit longer than the original warp. Attach one end onto the cloth with a pin like a cleat as in the illustration. Take the thread through the reed and heddles, exactly where the broken thread was, and hang it over the back beam with a weight.

Remember the hair comb trick from a previous post!

2 thoughts on “Repairing Broken Warp Threads: 2 Methods”

  1. Thanks for this article. I missed part 1 so I will go find that and read it too. It made me think about what first prompted my interest in weaving which is a family heirloom, two woven runner rugs that someone in my family made. It is obviously loom woven, it is old with no oral or written history. I cherish both and don’t use as floor rugs, in fact one has many warp threads that are broken. Hence my interest as to how to repair those threads is what inspired my interest in learning to weave. The sad part is that I still have no clue how to repair the warp threads in the old rug though. Do you have any advice for me on that topic?


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