Thread, Thread Again

I enjoy threading the loom, but who wants to thread the same thing four times? The first time, I thought the selvedge threading confused me, leaving me with extra ends. I took it all out and started over. It still didn’t come out right. I counted all the threads at the lease sticks. 404. And counted again to make sure. There must be a threading error, right? I started over again, vowing to be more careful this time…

Threading the loom for rag rugs.

Threading 404 warp ends goes quickly when there are two threads per heddle… Unless you make a mistake and have to start over two or three times.

Threading Glimakra Standard for a rag rug, two ends per heddle.

Rag rug warp, threading two ends per heddle.

I depend on my planning sheet. That sheet of paper has all the pertinent details. Besides the draft, it has the sett, width in reed, number of warp ends… Oops! I found the mistake. I miscalculated the number of warp ends. But I threaded the loom three times before I traced the problem back to this calculation error! I was working from a faulty planning sheet. Fortunately, I can adjust the selvedge threading to accommodate the extra threads, and thread the loom successfully. Finally!

Selvedge threading for rag rug on Glimakra Standard loom.

Two ends go through each heddle, except at the selvedges, where there are three ends per heddle, four times each side, plus two more times each side to make up for the miscalculation of warp ends.

Human promises can fail, like my faulty planning sheet. The Lord’s promises never fail. A weaving draft and project sheet are proven true as the loom is dressed and fabric is woven on the loom. The Lord’s promises are proven true as we live our lives by his directions. We can depend on that.

May you need to thread only once.

Truly yours,
Karen

6 Comments

  • Oh I feel your pain. Once is plenty with that number of threads. I hope the rest of the project goes smoothly.

    Kate

  • linda says:

    welcome to the “I’m sure i did the math right…I checked 3x’s….it doesn’t look right….let me count again… i give up lets just see what happens when I weave” club. I’ve had ends left after threading, I’ve been short, and I’ve added more ends to the start side after it’s all threaded. This is where ingenuity and determination to get it on the loom comes in. Remember we can only strive to be perfect some little something will most likely be off. I’m not very religious, but I know only God is perfect, but my errors are fixable. President of THE CLUB, linda 🙂

  • Liberty says:

    Hi! I’ve done it so many times, but I’m getting better every warp!! The last warp I did didn’t have any mistakes first time!!! Shocking!!! Oh well it’s all learning!
    But I wanted you to know Sunday night I ordered thread for your beautiful cream and pink pillows!! I’m so excited about it can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the inspiration. Oh also I decided to use cotton but just for the price factor! I’ll let you know how it goes.
    Thanks, Liberty

    • Karen says:

      Oh Liberty, I’m so excited that you are doing the dice weave pillows! I think cotton will work beautifully. Please do keep me posted!

      Happy weaving,
      Karen

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