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January 3rd, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Warping Up and Getting Started on a Basic Pipe Tapestry Loom

in: Crafts

Text from the video: www.vancouveryarn.com/blog/the-tapestry-unlimited-blog-tour-begins

For this warping style, we are simply wrapping the warp around the loom.
Before you start, you will want to decide on your tapestry width and EPI.
EPI (ends-per-inch) refers to how many warp ends are woven in a one inch wide area.
I recommend that beginners warp up at 6 ends per inch using cotton or wool warp yarn
and weft yarn that is worsted weight or the equivalent weight made up of combined strands.
Today, we will be warping at 6 EPI across 8 inches.
First, we will warp up without worrying about spacing. Start by tying the warp to the loom.
Wrap your warp yarn around the loom maintaining even tension throughout.
I use one hand to maintain tension while the other one holds the ball of yarn. (1:20)
Be sure to stack your warp threads (i.e. do not cross them over each other as you wrap).
Finish by tying the warp end to the end of the loom.
A square knot will do, but a double half hitch knot allows you to adjust the tension.
When warped, there are warp threads at both the back and front of the loom.
In this method, we achieve the desired EPI by bringing the back warps to the front.
In preparation, we space the warps evenly to be half the EPI across the desired width.
I start by dividing my 24 warps evenly across 8 inches (3 EPI).
Do this at both the top and bottom of the loom.
Before we bring the back warps forward, we want to tighten the tension by turning the nuts.
The warps should be just tighter than taut, nice & bouncy.
First, cut some of the same yarn as your warp to be 1.5 times the length of your loom
and secure it with a square knot on the left hand side of your loom (assume right handed?).
Picking the back warps up between the front ones doubles the EPI, achieving the desired EPI.
In sections, pick up a back warp between each front warp and pass the yarn between them (3:50).
Secure the yarn to the end of the loom with a square knot.
There will still be a small space between the back and front warps.
That space is called a shed. You will learn more about it in the weaving video.
Next, use a fork to straighten out the yarn,
and double check the warps are spaced evenly across the entire width.
Using weft yarn 3x the width of the warp yarn, we will twine across all the warps. (5:35)
This will help keep the warps aligned, as well as the weft woven when off the loom.
Fold the yarn in half and place it at the half way point around the first (left) warp yarn. (5:58) (Assumes right handed?)
Twist the 2 pieces of yarn, making an X.
Wrap the yarn that crosses in front behind the next warp thread. (6:35)
Continue by picking up the other weft yarn end and wrapping it behind the next warp.
Continue across like this, alternating between weft ends, pulling them snug each time.
Leave the ends hanging off the edge.
You will add a twined line like this when you are done weaving your piece, too.

Let’s start weaving!

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