When You Have One Warp Beam
Here are three ways to proceed.
When You Have Two Warp Beams
Make two warps and beam each on separate beams. Do this in the following situations, details follow:
How to Use Two Warp Beams
How to Beam Two Warps onto a Single Beam
One of my weaving friends thought because she had only one warp beam, she had to warp her loom front-to-back whenever she wanted to weave her ikat double weave hangings.
When she explained her procedure, I knew she absolutely had to learn to warp the two warps back-to-front!
The procedure is simple: make the two warps separately with two leases as usual. (If you have only one lease, read what to do at the beginning of this book.) Put an end stick in each warp and a pair of lease sticks in each of the raddle leases. Load one of the warps into the raddle, check for mistakes, and remove the raddle lease sticks (not the threading lease sticks), as usual. Keep the end stick in the end loops. In the same way, put the second warp into the raddle on top of the first, keeping in the end stick when finished. Secure the threads in the raddle with rubber bands or tie on the raddle cap.
Tie both end sticks to the warp beam apron and beam on as usual. Thin end sticks or rods take up less space on the warp beam. Tie the end sticks together before attaching them to the apron rod if you feel that makes them more secure. When the threading leases appear, put a pair of lease sticks in each lease. Thread the two warps as explained, above.
How to Raise the Second Warp Off the Beam
So your two warps don’t interfere with each other on the back beam, raise the second warp above the main warp. This is especially important if the two warps are used at different rates. I use a firm stick or dowel, slightly longer than the warp width. Insert the stick under the second warp. Use spacers such as erasers or blocks of wood at each each to raise the stick off the beam. The stick and spacers can be secured to the back beam with C-clamps.
Taken from Book 2: “Warping Your Loom and Tying On New Warps