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W e AVinG
1. Separate about 12 warp yarns from the reed and
hold them taut over the apron stick.
2. Wrap the yarns over the top of the stick and then
under, maintaining the tension. Divide the strings
in half under the stick and wrap each half in op-
posite directions up and around the warp threads
on top of the stick and tie a single knot. [A, B, C]
3. Holding one half of the tie in one hand and the
other bunch in the other hand, tug them forward
and away from the back beam, so you are creating
the tension you need. [D]
4. Pull the divided parts back toward you and up so
that you don’t lose the tension. Tie the first part
of a regular knot (over and under) and then tie a
second knot or a bow. [E]
5. Repeat across the warp with all the yarns. [F]
HOW TO:
Tie a Larks Head Knot
The Larks Head Knot allows you to adjust the tension of the warp while tying on.
As you tie the warp to the front of the loom, you will be able to come back and
untie the knots to readjust the tension across the warp. As you tie each bunch,
try to keep the tension uniform and avoid tying each successive knot tighter or
the middle bunches will become very loose.
A B
C D
E F
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Correcting Errors
Before you start weaving, you’ll want to check that the
warp is tied on correctly and the harnesses are tied as
needed to weave the desired pattern (page 96). Raise
each harness independently and peer through the shed
(the opening between the top and bottom threads). If
there are any thread crossings, you have made a thread-
ing error and should fix it at this point. It will not correct
itself and will only continue to bother you and interfere
with the pattern.
To fix a threading error, untie the Larks Head Knot
that corresponds to the offending warp thread. Release
the offending warp end and follow it through the reed to
the heddles.
In the best case scenario, the threads are crossed
between the heddles and the reed, and you can just
switch the crossed threads in the reed.
If you have threaded two threads through two heddles
on the same harness, you can make a fake heddle
using wire or thread on the harness where the end
should have been. Then you can thread one of the
warp through the fake heddle and back into the reed.
If you have skipped a heddle, your task is harder. You
can pull out the warp bundle with the missing end
and rethread the reed from that point to the oppo-
site side of the bundle to close the gap. Or you may
unthread the heddles and reed from the error out
to the opposite side of the entire warp and rethread
correctly.
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