- Used in this tutorial:
- 32″, 48″ width
- 7.5 Dent Heddle
- 1 Stick Shuttle
- Double End Threading Hook
- Warping Pegs
Accompanying Video, courtesy of Ashford Wheels and Looms
Weaving tutorials from their website: https://www.ashford.co.nz/tutorials/weaving-tutorials
Beginning weaving on your Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom, tabletop-sized
How to warp up your Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom.
First, you clamp the loom to the table, and attach your warping peg at the other end of the table.
This is the warping peg and the clamp, already wound with yarn, but to begin with, you just have an empty peg attached to the clamp.
The distance you want your warp, is going to be the approximate length of your project.
So, take your warp yarn, tie it onto the back stick, then using the reed hook, we’re going to go through each slot, and take the loop, up and around the warping peg.
Your next loop will go under the warp stick, and around, through the slot, and around the warping peg.
Your next loop will go OVER the warp stick, through the next slot, and around the warping peg.
So you loop under, then around the warp stick, then over, and around the warp stick.
When you’re at the end of the reed, and you’ve warped up the full width, you tie it off onto the warp stick.
Next, you take a piece of scrap yarn, tie it around the yarn that’s wrapped around the warping peg, tie it nice and tight. Then you lift the loops off the peg, cut the ends, and hold it tightly, because now you’re ready to wind it on.
You may need to have a friend hold the end there, because you’re going to roll the
warp onto the back roller, as she hold the yarn at a uniform tension, and walks forward.
If you don’t have a friend, you could tie it onto a weight, and move it towards you as you wind.
(See 2:32 on video)
Now, just roll it around, and when your back stick reaches the roller, put cardboard strips at intervals,
(see 2:42 on video) as you roll. If you don’t have strips, you can use paper from a paper bag, making sure you’ve already cut it
to a manageable width and length. Putting paper or strips in there keeps the threads separated so they don’t lose their tension. When your yarn gets pulled up pretty close to the reed, you can let go, unclamp the loom, untie the threads, and get ready to thread the reed.
Now we thread one of the threads from each slot into the eye, to the right of the slot. So, take the pair, pull one out,thread it through the eye, and go on to the next pair. Keep on until the whole reed is threaded, one half of the pair on the top, one half of the pair through the bottom of the reed.
(4:05 on the video)
Now we’re going to tie the ends into groups, about an inch wide, and try to make them about the same length, (4:23 on video)
So, once you’ve tied all your knots, just wind it on, so that the knots are not too close to your back stick.
Then you take some string or yarn, double it over, and take the yarn and go over your back stick, and all we’re going to do is go through the middle of each group (4:57 on video), and around the back stick, and through the next group. So we’re just going around and around in a big circle. Go the same way through each group, each time. (5:16) You want the tension to be even across the groups, so you might need to adjust the ties a bit. When you get to the last tied group, you can just roll the bar around to tighten it if needed.
Now we wind some yarn around onto the shuttle.
Next, before you begin your actual weaving, you need to spread all the threads evenly. To do that, simply get some scrap yarn, double it over, (6:06 on video) and go through. Then you change sheds without beating, take the scrap yarn, and go through again, then don’t beat, and change sheds again, and you’ll take one more length, go through the yarns, then clip the end of the scrap yarn.
Now, you’re going to beat the scrap yarn, and you see that has spread the warp nice and evenly. It has gotten rid of all the gaps.
Now, you’re going to begin weaving. (6:53 on video) and it’s super simple.
When you take your shuttle through, you take it up by the reed, (7:00) that’s going to be the widest gap. Then you beat that yarn, change sheds, and put your shuttle through again, this time from the opposite side of where you began. Just roll the heddle down, beating the yarn into place. So, you weave with the heddle in one position from the LEFT, and then in the second position from the RIGHT.
Also, on the edges, if you just hold your outside warp thread,not pulling too tightly, when you beat the edge will look neater. (7:53 on video)
Hint, you might want to buy 2 threading hooks, I had to order a second one when I had misplaced the first one. https://www.ashford.co.nz/warping-tools/product/reed-and-heddle-hook
The most important decision you will EVER make: Trust Jesus Christ today!
Here’s what you must do:
- Admit you are a sinner.“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)
- Be willing to turn from sin (repent).Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30)
- Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
- Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
What to pray:
Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.