- Lashing on to the beam rather than tying on. I have done this several times now, on both a rigid heddle loom and a table loom. I love this. LOVE. You take narrow bouts of your warp (after all threading is done) and tie them in knots and run a long cord around the apron rod and through warp (I make a tabby shed and slip the cord in through there), and then back around the rod and then through the next bout of warp. There are other methods of knoting and attaching, but regardless of which you use, the tension will start to even itself as soon as you crank it tight. Incredibly easy to do. Here are a couple of links that illustrate the process: http://dustbunniesundermyloom.blogspot.com/2013/09/lashing-on-warp-or-lashing-out-about.html and http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com/2007/10/how-to-lash-on-warp.html
- The next thing I plan to try, that I have heard great reviews for, is to add angle wings to my loom. This is a series of rods that the warp passes over and under as you wind the warp onto the beam. Individual thread tension issues can work themselves out when you warp and the apparatus helps prevent tangles. I have heard nothing but joy from the weavers that I know who practice this. Commercial angle wings can be seen here: http://www.purringtonlooms.com/Angel_Wings.htm But many people just use smooth dowels held to the back of the loom with hair elastics. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=442517989251244&set=gm.1049116408450344&
- Finally, I just recently saw a method that crosses the last strand of each warp bout when tying on to help get the yarn spaced evenly more quickly (usually I have to weave a few inches for everything to settle into place). You can see this concept in use here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206824456791491&set=gm.1060584720636846&&theater
My take on weaving is that warping is time consuming and even tedious, but I so look forward to the actual act of weaving that I can get through the laborious process of threading heddles and reeds. The aspect I like the least, however, is tying on to the apron rod. I spend far to much time tying and retying knots to try to get the tension even (and often discover that there are tension issues further back that did not work out during beaming). In my quest to rid myself of these minor frustrations, I am testing different tricks for tension correction.
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Blogroll of SCA & Costume Bloggers
Below is a collection of some of my favorite places online to look for SCA and historic costuming information.
More Amie Sparrow - 16th Century German Costuming
Gianetta Veronese - SCA and Costuming Blog
Grazia Morgano - 16th Century A&S
Mistress Sahra -Dress From Medieval Turku
Loose Threads: Cathy's Costume Blog
Mistress Mathilde Bourrette - By My Measure: 14th and 15th Century Costuming
More than Cod: Exploring Medieval Norway