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Warping at Warp Speed

Any rigid heddle loom, table loom or floor loom requires warping, the purpose of which is to measure your warp threads and align them so that they do not get tangled and can be easily threaded on the loom. Newer weavers may still be intimidated with this process, but fear not! We are here to help you master the ins and outs of warping your loom – it’s as easy as 1-2-3!warpingFirst, let’s get to know your warping board a little bit better. It’s important to know the distance across the board and between pegs, as our resident weaving instructor Nancy Reid demonstrates in the video below; having this information will help you plan the best path for your warp. You’ll begin with a leader thread which is a different color from your warp – any smooth, sturdy yarn will do! The leader allows you to easily lay out your warp, and should you find you’re missing a warp end, leaving your leader on the board will ensure you can create more warp ends of the same length. You may notice that the above video mentions creating a “cross” when laying out the warp. This is a vital step which not only helps you avoid a tangled mess, it will help with tension issues, too! It’s important to note that you will be following the leader as you lay out your warp on the board, with the exception of when it’s time to create the cross. Since this can be a little tricky for beginners, we filmed a short video demonstrating how and where to create this cross: At last, it’s time to remove the warp! An important detail to keep in mind is that the cross will need to be secured before the warp is removed. In the video below, Nancy demonstrates an easy way to get your cross secured before removing the warp, along with her tried-and-true method for safely removing the warp by making a chain of loops similar to a crochet chain. This chain will keep your warp nice and tidy til it comes time to use it.  Keep in mind, you’ll want to make sure you have a block of time that will be free of interruptions, because you get started, it’s best to thread it completely through the reed before you take your next break. Before you know it, you’ll be warping at warp speed! All the best, Chris, Nancy, and the entire Woolery team

Carders Make Your Qiviut Go Farther + Yarn Cone Holder Special

Beautiful clouds of lovely downy fibers are calling. We have some great prices on  qiviut, cashmere, and camel. Blending downy fibers not only makes them go farther, but it also makes them easier to spin and produces a more hardwearing handspun yarn.  Get out your carders and start making unique blends to spin today. Here are a few tips:

  • Use the finest hand carder or drum carder cloth available.
  • Use at least 50% down fibers so their qualities don’t get lost in the mix
  • Use a light touch when carding
  • Spin a sample to make sure the blend produes a yarn you will like.

If the down fibers are much shorter than the fiber you are blending it with, for instance silk or llama, consider cutting the longer stapled fibers in half.  The reason you do this is because the shorter fibers might pill; however some would say not to bother.  Our solution?  Try carding a small amount of blended fiber–one batch with the shortened staples and the other with the longer staple in tact. Spin a small sample and wash.  Evealuate which one you like and go from there.

I know we have heard it: I don’t swatch or sample.  If you don’t you might miss the opportunity to make the yarn of your dreams.

Hold Your Coned Yarn Right!

Save $50 on this artisan made cone holder! Made by a local woodworker in Kentucky, this cone holder holds up to eight large cones. Yarn guides mounted above the cones keeps your yarn from tangling.  Great for warping multiple colored warps, winding bobbins or pirns,  and making skeins or balls. This cone holder has felt pads on the bottom to keep it from scratching your floors and it breaks down easily for storage.

Happy carding, spinning, and weaving!

Chris, Nancy, and the entire Woolery team!