10 Steps to Warp: Reed Size

Bamboo Reed
Bamboo Reed

10 Steps to Warping – Choose Reed Size
A reed is usually made of metal and sits in the beater. It looks much like a comb with small teeth.It’s purpose is to keep the warp threads spread across the web, at an even distance, and is used to beat the weft threads into place while weaving.

Once you have decided on the sett of your project, you will need to choose an appropriate reed. Choose the reed that best distributes your yarn to the appropriate sett.

For example, if your sett is 8 epi then use an 8 dent reed, threading one end into each dent. If your sett is 20 epi, choose a 10 dent reed, threading 2 ends into each dent. If you do not have a selection of reeds to choose from, try to space your yarn evenly in the reed that you have, by doubling up ends into the same dent if necessary.

Weaving Reed Sizes
Weaving Reed Sizes

Reeds come in several standard sizes such as 6, 8, 10 or 12 epi. Metric size reeds are also popular. This table gives some of the more common Inch and Metric size reeds.

Dents per InchDents per Centimetre
41.5
52
62.5
83
104
125
156
187
208

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 back beam.
Step 10: Tie Warp.

Congratulations! Now you a ready to Weave!

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Last Updated on April 30, 2021 by Paivi Suomi