Tying on a New Warp

When there is a weaving pattern that I would like to try in another color scheme, instead of re-threading the loom I will tie onto the existing warp. The old warp must be long enough to allow you to knot each old warp thread to a new warp thread in front of the beater

20130929-194815.jpgAfter weaving the last towel on this warp I weave a header about an inch in length to hold the warp threads in place when I cut the warp between the header and woven towel length.

20130929-194657.jpgAfter removing the woven towels from the front beam, the tying on of the new warp begins. The new warp is spread on lease sticks between the front beam and the beater.

20130929-194717.jpgThis is a side view of the loom front, showing the lease sticks with the new warp on them. The lease sticks keep the new warp threads in order by holding the cross in place. Do not pull the beater forward during this process.

20130929-194610.jpgThe first old warp thread is pulled out of the header and joined to the first new warp thread with an overhand knot placed approximately 1/2 an inch from the warp ends. Continue knotting the old warp to the new in this manner using the next new and old warp threads. Since this is a shadow weave pattern I’m also checking that a light old warp is knotted to a light new warp and an old dark warp to a new dark warp.

20131003-180939.jpgThe new and old warps are all tied together. it is now time to gently pull groups of warp yarns through the reed and then through the heddles. If there is any resistance stop and check that yarns are not tangled. Once all the threads are pulled through the heddles you are now ready to wind the new warp onto the back beam. Next, Remove the lease sticks and tie the warp onto the front apron. Your new warp is ready to begin weaving.



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    1. You could try it first on a narrower warp. I’m going to tie on a second time to that warp since I love the pattern so much. It’s nice to not have to look for threading errors after winding on. Just go for it.


  1. Beautiful, clear tutorial! I am pretty sure Randall Darwall does all his warps this way, but I have never done it. How are you suspending the new warp? I chain mine and set a pile of books on it to weight it while I wind on – I would worry that while the knots pull through the heddles, individual threads would pull forward too much out of the chained warp.


    1. Randall Darrell does do this for his warps. The warp is suspended on lease sticks thru the cross. I weight my warp currently with hand weights. I used to use woks and probably will sometimes. I have a friend that weights hers with half galon milk bottles filled with water. Everything seems to catch up as the warp is wound on. Thank you for stopping by my blog.


  2. What a wonderful tie-on! So even. I never can manage to get it just right. A matter of patience, I suspect. P.S. To get a taut warp,I have adapted the trapeze idea to fit my old 4 harness loom. Easy to do and works like a dream for one person warp-on. See photos on my new website at http://judithstclaire.com


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