What to do when the Cross is on the Wrong Side of Your Reed? – Transfer the cross to the other side!

Introduction:

This is a process that front-to-back weavers may need to use. However, the other day I was putting a warp on the loom—the first since BEFORE the pandemic! I wasn’t sure if the cross was on the wrong side of the raddle since I was going to use my trapeze and I wasn’t too familiar with the set up. No worry, I thought, “I can transfer the cross to the other side of the raddle.”   See the final illustration below.

Again, most often the need to transfer the cross is when warping front-to-back. The illustrations are from the Front-to-b-Back Warping chapter in my book Weaving for Beginners.

Many weavers never need to do this procedure. But, if you have more than two threads in a dent in the reed, it is ideal to transfer the cross to the other side of the reed so you can thread the heddles in the exact order as the reed was sleyed. You will need one extra stick temporarily during the “operation”.


Transferring the Cross Step #1
Start on the side of the reed where the lease sticks are in place. Untie any ties holding the lease sticks in place or together. Turn the stick that is closer to the reed on its side, (the stick then makes a little shed). Push this stick right up flat against the reed. See the shed that has opened on the other side of the reed? Insert an extra stick through that shed. In the illustrations a round dowel is shown in the new shed on the  other side of the reed so you can tell it from the original lease stick. Remove the lease stick that you stood on edge at the reed.


Transferring the Cross Step #2
In the same manner as in Step #1, put the second stick up flat against the reed to form the little shed on the other side of the reed and put a new stick into this shed.

Remove the last original lease stick, and now, you should have a pair of sticks on the opposite side of the reed from where the original pair of sticks was.

For clarity, round dowels are shown being put in place on the other side of the reed. They would be replaced by the regular lease sticks after they have been removed from the original side of the reed.  


This is a common way that a loom is aet up for threading for warping front-to-back. You can see that the lease sticks are in front of the reed for sleyng the reed. For threading the heddles if more than two threads are in the dents, it’s a good idea to transfer the cross to the other side of the reed so you can thread the heddles from the actual cross.


This is how to thread the heddles. See that the weaver its sitting at the back of the loom. If the cross had been been transferred to the other side of the reed, it could be seen when threading the heddles.


Back-to-front warpers use a raddle. At first, I thought the cross was on the wrong side of the raddle and that I would have to transfer it to the other side using this process.


2 thoughts on “What to do when the Cross is on the Wrong Side of Your Reed? – Transfer the cross to the other side!”

  1. I have struggled with creating crossed threads with two ends per dent (novice status here). This method of sleighing with cross in the front of the reed and then transferring it to the back of the reed in prep for threading the heddles is the perfect solution. You should see the contraption I have rigged up. My LeClerc Nilus almost must be warped front to back because the treadles prevent you from getting close enough to the heddles from the front, unless you have extremely long arms! I have only found one video showing LeClerc front to back and the weaver placed the cross on a flat surface in front of the reed and just peaked over to get the order correct. And many tutorials are dealing with just one end per dent. Next project I will attempt this method! Thank you!

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