Peggy’s Weaving Tips > Fix screw eyes that “catch” fine threads or let them escape

Paint the screw eye where it catches on threads or lets them escape the eye with nail polish. it may take a couple of applications to coat all around the tiny space to close the eye completely.Use this on screw eyes on your doubling stand (see  a previous tip) or on screw eyes on your special raddle. Directions for the special raddle were in another previous tip which is given again here.

Making a homemade raddle

Use a piece of scrap lumber (but use soft wood) as long as the width of your loom and about 2″ wide. Mark 1/2″ increments along the whole length on a line that is 3/4″ in from one long edge. This offsets the nails so there is room for clamps in front of them during beaming.

A Special Raddle for Weaving B

A Special Raddle for Weaving B

To make a simple raddle,pound finishing nails or nails with small heads at every 1/2″ mark. (Offsetting them, rather than lining them up single file, helps prevent splitting the wood, and allows you to make 1/4″ sections if you like. See Figure A.

 

To make a special raddle,2 put in #12 or #14 screw eyes instead of nails on the line 3/4″ in from the edge for 1/2″ sections. See Figure B. Then make a holding rod with a straightened wire coat hanger. The holding rod is all you need to hold the warp threads in the sections during beaming. If your raddle is long, use 2 holding rods, one from each end. A screw eye in the end makes it easy to hang up when not in use.

A Special Raddle for Weaving A

A Special Raddle for Weaving A

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