|The automatic reed hook is an ingenious device that you “walk” from dent to dent without ever removing it from the reed. Because the hook never leaves the dents, it helps you avoid skipping dents and doubling up in dents. Although this small piece of equipment has been around for a long time, very few weavers seem aware of it. It takes a bit of practice to become comfortable with it, but after one warp you’ll be a pro, and save time and errors in your weaving forever. The reed can be either vertical or horizontal.|
The hook comes in two pieces that you snap together (see Figure.) The hook itself is held in place between the thin jaws of the holder. It can “walk” both to the left or the right. The small round hole on one side of the jaws indicates the direction the hook goes. Work the end of the hook into the dent adjacent to your first dent with the hole facing to the left or to the right, depending upon which direction you are working. Because of the angle at the end, the hook stays in the reed until you are ready.After you insert the hook into a dent you press the hook against the wire of the next dent, causing one side of the “jaws” to open slightly, then push the hook away from you until it clicks. The sound of the click indicates that the tool has advanced a dent and is now ready to receive the warp thread(s) for the dent. Catch the threads onto the hook in either of the two available positions. Then draw the threads through the dent by pulling the hook towards you all the way until it clicks again. Be sure the threads are completely through the dent and free of the hook. Then start the process again for the next dent. The key is the sound of two clicks: one click pushing the hook away and another when you pull it toward you. If the threads fall out of the dents you may need more warp.
At first the hook may come free of the jaws and fall apart. Again, the little hole on one side of the jaws is the key to putting it back together. Work the hook into the jaws so that the pointed tip of the hook goes into that hole.
This tip is an excerpt from the chapter “Threading the Loom and Sleying the Reed.” from Book 2: “Warping Your Loom and Tying On New Warps“