Monday, May 12, 2008

Tying the warp to the front apron

I'm often asked why I tie my warp to the front apron in a different way to every one else. Well, simply, it's the way I was taught way back in the mid-60's. I have tried other methods, which make it easier to adjust a knot, but I find the method I was taught is a much more secure method, especially for "slippy", silky yarns.

As you can see I first bring the warp ends under the apron stick!

I then bring the ends up and back over the stick, keeping each half of the bundle on the same side as it went under the stick.

Here each half is crossed around the back of the bundle and brought back up to the front.

Finally the halves are tied on top of the bundle.

If I'm weaving in wool, I very often only tie the one knot for each bundle, it's only when I'm weaving with something slippery that I tie a second knot over the first.

I hope this is of help to those of you who keep asking me!
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