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Warping Back to Front with Michele Belson

"Ya Gotta Be Warped to Weave: A Deep Dive into Warping Back to Front"
with Michele Belson

Workshop description
We will work together to put on a short warp to weave some 5/2, slightly warp-faced Mug Rugs. But this class isn’t about the product, it is about process.  Learn to wind a warp with a raddle cross, transfer your warp to the loom with the crosses secure, load the raddle, beam the warp, thread your heddles, sley the reed, and finally tie on with minimal loom waste.

There will be 3 instructional Zoom sessions:
~12:30-1:30: Winding the warp (exact timing depends on when the SCHG meeting ends)
2:30-3:30: Loading the back beam, threading, and sleying
4:30-5:30: Tying on to the front

Supplies required:
Floor or table loom with at least a 4.5” weaving width
10 dent reed, or other reed capable of sleying 20epi
A warping board or mill with at least 3 pegs at each end
A raddle, at least 5” wide (This is easy to construct with a short piece of wood, some finish nails and a hammer.  Contact Michele for instructions.)
2 – lease sticks
1 – end rod  (dowel or other sturdy piece of material to attach the end of the warp to the back apron rod)
2 – 1 yard pieces of heavy paper wide enough to cover the warp (6” or so)
2 – 1 yard pieces of heavy yarn or shoelaces
10 yards (this is generous) Maurice Brassard Unmercerized 8/16 (filler), Lily Sugar 'n' Cream, or other heavy, multistrand unmercerized cotton
2 mini cones in contrasting colors (at least 125 yards each) 5/2 Tubular Spectrum Mercerized cotton
8 oz Maurice Brassard 8/16 or 20 yards of  ½” rag strips for weft
Threading hook
Sley hook
Scrap yarn for tying the cross in 2 contrasting colors
Measuring tape
A handful or heavy rubberbands
An open mind!

Students will need to order their Tubular Spectrum Mercerized cotton no later than April 15.

If you do not have a warping board, Michele will wind your warp, with the raddle cross and you can observe the winding process.  
Those who need a wound warp must place their orders with Michele by April 1.
Saturday, May 8, 2021, 12:30 PM until 5:30 PM
Additional Info:
Michele Belson
Virginia Postrel
Programs co-chair
Guild Workshop
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
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