From beginning to end, the process of weaving is a long and involved one, with lots of opportunities for patience and problems.
Winding the warp comes first. Counting off ends, tying off, and chaining up. This can take a few hours, depending on how long the warp is, which colors I want to use, and keeping track of how much I need. Sometimes I’ll need to wind two warps for one project, because the amount of yarn can’t fit on the warping board. This process is soothing and therapeutic, though, and I love the rhythmic back-and-forth motion my arms make as I wind over and under, up and down.
The chain is then hung over the loom, awaiting its turn to be threaded onto the loom in a deliberate pattern. I make sure to gather all my information (pattern, graph paper, sley hook, etc.) before beginning this process.
After sleying the reed (not shown), it’s time to thread the heddles according to the pattern. I decided not to document the threading part - mostly because I forgot. This is the longest part. There are usually over 100 warp threads that need to be threaded individually according to a specific pattern. I like to listen to an audiobook or have a show running in the background while I thread. The process can take up to an hour and a half. After threading, the warp is wound onto the loom, ready for weaving.
These were some mini samples I wanted to weave from a specific pattern I found. I tried a variety of fibers and thicknesses, and love how they came out. Someday they’ll be mounted on canvas or wood, or hung from dowels.
And finished! One warp can contain several different projects, and may take up to two weeks to weave off the loom, depending on how much time I can devote to actually weaving. Time well spent - I enjoy every moment.