Posted by Peg in South Carolina
The warp calls for 220 ends. The dummy warp yarn is relatively fine (10/2 pearl cotton) so I could wind all 220 ends on the board without worrying about the pegs bending under the stress. I prefer working with smaller bouts, however, so I am winding two bouts of 110 ends each.
The photo shows how short the warp is—slightly more than 1 1/2 yards. I am winding only one end at a time; but since it is so short I start losing track of where I am because I have to count so quickly! So, as usual, I use a counting thread. It is the blue thread visible at the top of the warping board. I wind it around every group of 20 ends.
Also noticeable is the lack of a kind of strange X between the top two pegs at the left. This is called a false cross and happens when I warp with a paddle. Which I do most of the time. Doesn’t happen winding one end at a time.
I could have used two cones of the cotton and wound two ends at a time. I didn’t think it would save any real time. What I didn’t think about until I was in the winding process, was that two ends, alternating colors, might facilitate the tying on of the handspun warp? But there will be a cross in both warps, so two colors might just make it marginally easier to see which end I pick off next.