Monday, February 16, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Dummy warp ready to beam

Dropping the warp ends into the raddle openings was very easy.   Each section of each bout consisted of the same number of ends, all divisible by four.  Until I got to the third quarter.  In one of the groups there was an extra two ends. I checked to make sure I had not accidentally dropped only two or else six ends into one raddle space.  No I had not. So I knew that I had wound either two ends too many or two ends too few.

When I finished raddling, I ended with 4 ends in the last opening.  There were supposed to be only 2 ends at the end.  So I counted.  I had wound two ends too many.  I will simply drop two ends from the side of the warp and all will be well.

Ready to beam on, I went to the front of the loom and split each of the two bouts in half.  The photo above shows the loom looking from the back where the warp beam is.  Looking towards the front, you can see the what are now four bouts hanging over shafts.  Dropping your eyes just a bit, you can see the weight attached to each of the four bouts.

Notice that with the two bouts divided into four, the angle of the sides of each bout as it travels back to the front of the loom is not nearly so sharp.  That is good!

Dummy warp beamed This photo shows the warp wound onto the back beam.  I left the lease sticks in. They will help me find the correct threads on the dummy warp to tie the threads from the handspun warp to.  The handspun warp will also have the lease sticks in.

The long heavy sticks that parallel the length of the loom are there to hold both sets of lease sticks. Masking tape is visible on the set of lease sticks in the photo.  I have put it there to make sure those lease sticks do not come out of the warp and fall off the loom.

Related Post: Raddling the Dummy Warp

Dummy Warp Beamed” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on February 16, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


FiberGeek said...

This is a very interesting subject to me. I have heard of dummy warps, but have never seen one in use. I will be watching to see the rest of the story. Thanks for documenting this.

Life Looms Large said...

Thanks for the photos in this post! My new-to-me Toika came with two big sticks like that, and I knew that theoretically that's what they were for, but somehow seeing them in action makes everything so much clearer!!

You're an amazing blogger! (And weaver of course!)


Peg in South Carolina said...

FiberGeek, this is only the third dummy warp I have put on, and it's been a long time since I've done the last one. So I'm still learning and figuring things out.
Sue, thank you for the compliment.