Box Update: Beaming the Warp

The warp needs to be wound tightly onto the warp beam. Think of a spool of sewing thread.

I’m trying out warping with a trapeze. I think I’ll like it a lot I could get consistent weight as I wound the warp.

Here’s the trapeze from the front.

It looks like a white warp thread is caught in the raddle. Watch out for this problem. It is a loose thread getting into a tangle.

When I got the warp straightened out you can see it belonged in another raddle space. Because it was so loose, it began to migrate into another dent. That will prohibit the whole warp from moving until the tangle is undone.

The extensions allow you to wind the last bit of the warp, up until you get to the cross to set up for threading.

6 thoughts on “Box Update: Beaming the Warp”

  1. I live in a post and beam house with exposed rafters above my loom. I found a length of copper tubing I could hang from ropes from the overhead rafters to beam a Shetland wool double-width double-weave blanket recently….an easy trapeze!
    I see you use shower hooks and the heavy washers my tractor supply sells by the pound….good choice! At about 2 and a half ounces each, I use these for weighting individual warps. I use 70 gram weighted tama spools for floating selvedge and make it a little heavier with one of these tractor washers. Handy to have around! I would like to see someone make some recommendations for how much weight to use when warping with a trapeze, but it so much depends on the type of yarn and the size of the bout being weighted. I look forward to reading your conclusions!

    • You are right–depends on the situation. In my book, Warping Your Loom & Tying On New Warps (about to be reprinted) available now as a pdf, I write in the chapter, Two or More Warps: “The principle is: for fine threads make larger bundles and use heavier weights, and for thick threads make small bundles and use lighter weights.”

    • The raddle lease (group cross) sticks haven’t been taken out yet–the warps are very sticky–there are two of these, one for each warp.. Then the threading crosses are there, 2, one for each warp.


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