A whole post on winding the warp!? Well, um, yes. But it will be a short one, I promise.
See, first of all I decided to add a yard to the length of the warp. I had about 10 wraps of so of the 5-1/2 yard warp and I needed to take that off and start over with a longer warp.
I was using about 8 different colors for the warp and I had to decide how to wind that most efficiently. Use a warping paddle? Warp each color separately and then thread them randomly? Or wind them on randomly?
I wanted the threading to be what I call ‘human random’ – as opposed to true random. With true random you might end up with 85% of the warp being in one color and the other 15% being spread out among the other 7 colors. I did not want that to happen nor did I have enough of any one of the colors to have that happen. Human random is making the warp thread appear random.
Using a paddle would not accomplish that, I would be stuck with the one sequence.
I could go with just winding each color until it ran out and then changing to the next, but I kept on thinking of the tangles and headache of warping the loom pulling yarn ‘randomly’ from different bundles of yarn
I ended up going with winding the warp in a ‘human random’ sequence. It meant a lot of knots on the warping board as I changed colors. Some of you might be shaking your heads and thinking there is a better way. I am sure there is, but time was running short and I had to get MOVING!
Below is a picture of my warping board. You can see all the little knots at the top right of the warping board (I warp with the cross on the bottom because I bolted the warping board onto the wall upside down – go figure.)
Let me just mention that it was a bit boring winding the warp this way. I just could not get into a rhythm, what with having to stop every few winds and tie a knot and pick up the next color. I took my time, unfortunately.
To help me along, I lined the colors up on the loom – these are the ones I used:
Remember I said that I made the warp an extra yard longer? Well, I forgot to consider that fact when I was winding the warp. Oh no, I measured it out correctly, I just forgot to consider that I was going to be using more yarn. So I started to run out before the warp was fully wound. I quickly added a new skein of yarn. Nice to have lots of hand dyed yarn to pick from.
I still ended up a few warp ends short, I could live with that.
Warp ready to go!
It is now June 6. Monday. Workshop is this coming weekend.