I bought a new loom recently. It’s a 28″ wide Ashford Knitter’s loom (my other two AKLs are 20″ wide). The first project I completed was already on the loom when I bought it. It’s interesting finishing someone else’s project. It took weeks for me to get around to finishing the hemstitching—the fuzzy gray yarn was a bit hard to hand stitch with.
While I don’t especially care for yarn that has sparkles or metallic threads, I ended up liking this shawl very much. The wash from gray to black to white and back again is pretty.
The thing about the rigid heddle loom is that it takes hundreds of yards of yarn to weave a project. I’m used to the 4″ pin loom, which takes 8 yards, or the 6″ pin loom, which takes 17 yards (and that seems like a lot). Of course, if you sew your pin loom squares together, it can amount to hundreds of yards. If.
When sacrificing hundreds of yards, you want to have an idea that the victims will produce a pleasing result. I like to do this with minimum effort and yarn usage. This means pin loom. (Some people actually warp up their RH loom and weave a sample.)
In this small sample I sacrificed less than 4 yards of each yarn color (light blue, green, and variegated). I liked the combination so well I didn’t bother making any other samples.
So, I warped up my RH loom. Some time ago I discovered a hack that helps me. I tie the back tie-on bar to the front beam on either side of the heddle. I think that helps keep yarn tension more consistent while warping the loom.
You may not notice it so much in this photo, but there’s a slight bow in the back tie-on bar. It became painfully obvious when I used this same hack on the 28″ loom. As a result, I had to figure out how to tie the center of the tie-on bar to the front without interfering with threading through the slots. Yes, I took the tension yarn through the center hole of the heddle and all was fine.
When I was ready to wind the warp I used window blind slats to separate the layers of warp. I also let the loom (on its stand) slide across the floor toward the warping peg—using light hand weights to keep the stand from getting out of control and kept winding even by lining up the stand’s crossbar with the lines on the vinyl flooring. This worked really well for keeping the warp threads under light tension while I wound on. (Didn’t have to wake my husband up to hold the warp for me.)
Now the warps threads are lightly tied to the loom, ready for tightening up.
Let weaving begin!