Posted by Peg in South Carolina
In the past I have always used a dummy warp with my handspun. My dummy warps consisted of about one-and-a-half yards of a similar sized cotton. I warped and beamed this cotton onto the loom. Then I tied the handspun warp to it and continued beaming on. But not this time.
First, I had plenty of yarn, so I did not feel the urgent need to conserve it as carefully as I could.
Second, when I have used a dummy warp, I found that I could weave on the handspun warp until the knots got to and even through the heddles. Because I have an apron on the back beam (and on the front beam as well), I am thinking that maybe I can weave until the apron itself gets to the heddles. In that case, there would be no real reason to use a dummy warp.