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.


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.