10 Steps to Warp: Warp Chain

Warp Chain
Warp Chain

10 Steps to Warping – Step 6 – Wind a Warp Chain
How to remove the warp from the warping board – safely.

Before you remove the warp from the warping board, make sure that the cross has been clearly marked and tied, so that you don’t lose the cross. The cross is necessary to keep the warp threads from tangling with each other as you wind the warp onto the beam.

Using a different coloured yarn than your warp, tie a loop around the Cross. Then secure
the rest of the warp with additional ties in 1 or 2 yard intervals.

Warp Cross
Warp Cross

To remove the warp from the warping board, a warp chain is made. Starting at the bottom
of the board, put your hand through the loop that is formed. Bring your hand through and
take hold of the warp, drawing it through the loop. Then put your hand through the new loop that is formed and pull the warp through again,
forming a new loop. Repeat until you reach the end of the warp.

If you want to start weaving right away, you can place the warp chains onto lease sticks and take it to your loom. If you aren’t ready to weave yet, the warp chains can be safely stored until you wish to use them. If I am storing them for some time, I attach a note to the chains. I record details of the project I have planned.

Type of yarn
Total warp length
EPI – # ends per inch
best sett
project width

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