Isn’t the Cross a Wonderful Thing?Thread without Mistakes: Hang the Lease Sticks Vertically

This is my first warp since the BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC. It really feels good to be at the loom after such a long time. I’m thinking, “Isn’t the cross a wonderful thing?” I see it all over in my travels today. Its proper name is LEASE. I was going to use it in my books but was convinced “cross” was better. However, my press is called “Lease Sticks Press”.


Getting comfortable is what Jim Ahrens taught as the way to thread without mistakes. This is the set-up for you, the lease sticks, and the warp. I thought showing the illustration first would let you understand the actual photos better. Note that the lease sticks are hanging VERTICALLY. The illustration is from my book, Weaving for Beginners, which is available on my website.


Here is a side view of my loom with the cross hanging from my yellow broom handle.


Here is a close up showing that the top lease stick is tied to the broom handle, so the pair of sticks is hanging vertically.


Here I am at the front of the loom reaching to the back for the next warp from the cross with my threading hook. My other hand assists, steadying the heddle.


Here I am at the front of the loom. The photo was taken at the back of the loom.


21 thoughts on “Isn’t the Cross a Wonderful Thing?Thread without Mistakes: Hang the Lease Sticks Vertically”

  1. I love the your illustrations. I bought the book, but the posts are so much more clear. I believe it is the magic of technology.

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    • Thank you so much!(I guess!) I’d be happy to make more posts out of the things that you think need more explaining! I always worry I’ll run out of ideas. email me at peggy@peggyosterkamp.com anytime!
      Peggy
      PS All the illustrations are copied from the book!! Photos are new!!
      PPS check the list of categories and search for topics you feel iunclear about. Often I’ve written more than one on the same subject.
      PPPS. I look forward to hearing from you (I think!!) (YES)

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  2. Interesting. I’m very new…Oct 2023 and older 70 starting to learn to weave. Love all Thea amazinc ideas everyone has.

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    • How wonderful you’re doing it! I’m 72. I have woven off and on since I was 10. One can’t always have a floor loom where I’ve lived. So I very much feel myself a beginner. I finally got another floor loom during the pandemic. So glad to have you along!

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  3. At first I couldn’t find the yellow broom handle. When I did, the concept worked for me. Brilliant, I think!
    The other thing is – how high is the stool you’re sitting on. That’s Brilliant!!
    I need a week to shadow you warping several looms. Would that be possible even?
    I’m going to try adding these pictures to my copy of your book.

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    • Yes, silk. I painted it. My first (and last?) painted warp! I was inspired by that warp we saw at the museum in Nagoya where the colors changed places about half way through. I am going to Japan in May with an Australian group of weavers and will be at the Toyota museum. I hope to go off to the other museum and see what that piece was really like. We’ll see if my warp changes straight across both sides or not. I’ve decided on a different sett and different threading so will be undoing 8 shafts of threading plus 4 shafts of selved threads. Never had to do that before. But I want what I want. Glad to be in a weaving mode and letting photography slide a bit. How are you?
      Peggy

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    • You and others, too. I’m going to send another illustration from my book, Weaving for Beginners to your email. There is an area that has a cloth shown. That is if the background makes it hard to see to thread the heddles. Disregard that –just see how the broom handle is attached to the loom. Looms vary so you might need to figure out how to hang it on your loom.
      Peggy

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  4. This is very timely. I’ve finally been able to set up my Glimakra again (after 15 years!) and am getting ready to re-tie and thread it. I’ve forgotten everything I knew! I very much appreciate a refresher.

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    • Dear Leigh,
      I wrote my book, Weaving for Beginners just for you. Available on my website. I’m just getting back to my loom since BEFORE the pandemic. I know the feeling!
      Peggy

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        • Probably the 4th book would be a good one,too–Weaving for Beginnesr–more accessible, more illustrations, more stuff in one place. 4th edition coming soon–will be $70 instead of $50 so might get it sooner rather then later. That I wrote after and using a lot of the small books’ info. But the small books are deeper and more like references.
          Happy reading!
          Peggy
          PS there is a lot on my blog and a search button for looking up previous blog posts for what you want to know at the time.

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  5. This is an interesting alternative. I do suspend my lease cross between the front beam and the harnesses to access the threads and to be able to see them in the right order for threading!!

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