Are you new to hand weaving on a floor loom? Or has it been awhile since you’ve set up your loom?
Over the years, one of the best skills I’ve learned is how to set up a floor loom efficiently. In a series of videos, you will see how I set up my Macomber handweaving loom. You can watch and learn as I wind a warp, attach the warp to the loom, thread the loom, and weave a header. Along the way, I share tips and tricks for efficient hand loom set up.
Project Notes Sheet and Winding a Warp
In this video, learn about the components of a Project Notes Sheet and winding a warp with 2 yarns.
It is a great idea to start a Project Notes sheet as soon as you start a new project.
Make total number of ends divisible by the repeat number of your weave structure (4 harness, 8 harness, etc.)
Wind in units of 10 so you can be interrupted in the process without being interrupted.
Keep your index finger between the 2 yarns when winding them together to keep the lease cross at both the top and bottom.
The warp winding is finished. Now it is time to tie-off the lease crosses at both the top and the bottom. Using hand through the top loop, the warp is chained off the reel from the bottom and is ready to be taken to the loom and tied to the back beam.
In this video, see how to attach the warp to the loom, inserts the lease sticks, and spaces out the warp in the raddle.
We are at the loom!
This next step is a very meditative practice for me. The counting, the repetition. Threading the loom can be a very calming experience. Take your time. Focus on each thread as you encounter it. Do not rush or hope to end the process sooner than it can be done. This is the process of weaving – and each step offers us the opportunity to pause at the loom.
Now that the loom is set up, it is time for the final steps before weaving; tying on and tensioning the warp.
Watch the Video: Tying on and tensioning the warp
Now the fun part!
So, that’s it! These are the lessons for getting ready to weave. I hope my instructions are helpful to you. I love to sharing the process of weaving.