Peggy’s Weaving tips > Be Sure to Tie the End Loops

Warning!

If you don’t tie the warp at the end peg at the group cross, you will not have the loops available to put on the end stick when you set up to load the raddle.

Lease ties

Warping: Tie the End Loops A

Warping: Tie the End Loops A

Once you’ve measured out all the warp ends you need, you must secure the ends of the warp and the leases before removing the warp. Tie the warp on either side of each end peg. This step is very important, especially at the raddle end of the warp. Do not forget to tie these 4 ties (2 at the beginning and 2 at the end of the warp). They secure the end loops at each end of the warp. Then put four ties to secure each lease. These ties go on each side of both pegs holding the lease. See Figure A.

 

If you’re warping threads individually, a false lease forms between the next-to-the last and last peg at the raddle end. Check that you’re tying off the pure, X-shaped leases-don’t confuse them with the false leases that are X-shaped, but outlined by threads. If you used three pegs at each end, you’ll tie two ties at all three pegs, which means you’ll be tying the false lease, too. That’s fine-as long as you tie off the true lease.

Warping: Tie the End Loops B

Warping: Tie the End Loops B

When you tie, use bow or half-bow knots so you can take the ties out easily later.

There should be 6 ties at each end of the warp. For safety, use one color to tie all the bows on the tops of the pegs, and another color to tie the bows underneath the pegs. By color-coding your ties this way, you’re less likely to twist the warp later.

Put in the end stick

Warping: Tie the End Loops C

Warping: Tie the End Loops C

Check your end stick now to be sure that it fits onto the warp beam on your loom. If the stick is too long, you’ll need to replace it before you can put the warp onto your loom. Place the end stick through the loop at the very end of the warp, and tie a string from one end of the stick to the other to prevent the warp from slipping off. Be sure you tie the end stick securely around the end loops of the warp. If you loose the loops, it will be tedious to regain them and put them back onto the stick in order. See Figures B, C, and D.

Warping: Tie the End Loops D

Warping: Tie the End Loops D

After making sure that the lease sticks and the end stick are secure, undo the raddle lease ties and also the ties at the end of the warp.

If you lose the loops, it will be tedious.

 


 


 


More information is in “Weaving for Beginners”

The above tip is an excerpt from  Book 1: “Winding a Warp and Using a Paddle”.


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