10 Steps to Warping – Step 7 – Sley the Reed
Once you have removed the warp chain from the warping board it is ready to be transferred onto the lease sticks on your loom.
The lease sticks are 2 long sticks that hold the warp threads in order while you are threading the loom. I usually support the lease sticks by placing 2 other long sticks at both ends of the loom, running them from the front to the back
Put the lease sticks into the two loops that are formed by the cross.
It is best to centre the warp on your loom. In order to do this, measure and find the centre of your loom. On my looms, I have marked the centre of the beater bar with a permanent marker.
If your finished project is going to be 20″ wide, then measure over from the centre 1/2 of this amount i.e. 10″. This will be the starting point of your threading the reed.
I usually thread starting from the left and work to the right. Using the lease sticks as the guide, select the thread on the most left hand position and pick it up with my left hand.
Holding the threading hook in my right hand, I place it behind the reed and bring the hook through the reed dent. With the hook, I then pull the thread through the dent. I then move the hook into the next dent, pick up the following yarn thread in the sequence and repeat.
10 Steps to Warping
Step 1: FTB Warping. Front to Back Warp Method. Choose your project and yarns.
Step 2: Sett. Determine the sett of your cloth, or how many threads per inch the fabric will be.
Step 3: Reed. Choose the reed that best fits your project pattern.
Step 4: Yarn Calculations. Calculate how much yarn you will need.
Step 5: Wind the Warp.
Step 6: Warp Chain.
Step 7: Sley the Reed.
Step 8: Thread the Heddles.
Step 9: Wind Warp onto the back beam.
Step 10: Tie Warp.
Congratulations! Now you a ready to Weave!
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