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Next Steps with Sectional Warping

Threading the Mira floor loom and next steps of sectional warping

So, we had starting talking a couple of weeks ago about sectional warping, and today it’s very exciting… I am no longer behind the loom. I’m now working in front of the loom, getting all of the ends threaded through the reed of the Mira loom, getting ready to weave. And so on today’s Taking Back Friday episode, I wanted to very quickly share with you a few of the next steps when it comes to sectional warping.

A couple of weeks ago I set up a sectional beam to wind yarn onto the loom in a different way than I have normally done so (using a warping board, back to front technique and such), but this is different. I was finding a lot of videos out there with people cranking the back beam and making these sections, but I didn’t really see how you would get the yarn from the sectional beam to the heddles, for threading the heddles. So, I wanted to just share with you a few of the little steps I took in order to get that to happen.

The weaving of this baby blanket project will all be a part of a class at the School of SweetGeorgia which will be on twill gamps and weaving twill on a 4-shaft looms. A twill gamp demonstrates all of the different variations and patterns you can get by doing different kinds of threading or treadling. The baby blanket project is an extrapolation of the twill gamp by taking one of the patterns in there, and expressing it in a larger cloth. If you’re wanting to follow along the progress and see what else is coming soon to the School of SweetGeorgia, it can all be found at the SOS Roadmap.

I would love to hear from you if you’re interested in learning more about weaving on 4-shaft looms, weaving twills or weaving another kind of weave structure! I’m always trying to figure out what I’m going to weave next, and it’s really easy to get distracted and do down these different rabbit holes of all the things you can learn about weaving. I’m interested to hear how you’re going about learning weaving, and what is capturing your own weaving interest right now as well. Let me know in the comments!

IN THIS EPISODE

  • what I’m wearing in today’s video: I’m wearing the Navelli tee designed by Caitlin Hunter. Mine is knit from two skeins of test-dyed Tough Love Sock (closest colour is Deep Cove), plus one skein each of Fauna and Auburn. We also have a couple of Navelli yarn sets still available here. The knit tee I’m wearing in the weaving photo above is Laia, designed by Isabell Kraemer, knit using our Flaxen Silk Fine yarn in Beach House.
  • what I mention in today’s video: Here are links to sone of the items mentioned in today’s vlog…
    • In the video, I’m using a Leclerc Sectional Warp Beam with 1″ sections (and a Leclerc Tension Box not shown) – you can find more info about them here. I also mention my Schacht Tension Box which has a function where you can create a shed. For the sectional warping process, other items I have used are: the Leclerc Electric Bobbin Winder, Leclerc Bobbin Rack with yarn guides and plastic bobbins from Leclerc. All of these items are not currently listed on our site, but we are happy to help with any order info needed. Reach out to us at: info@sweetgeorgiayarns.com.
    • The yarn I’m using for the handwoven baby blanket project is Gist Beam Organic 3/2 Cotton yarn.
  • want to learn more about weaving and the fibre arts? If you are at all interested in learning more about weaving, I welcome you to come visit all of the different levels of weaving classes available at the School of SweetGeorgia. There is also an array of many different fibre arts courses there, plus you can chat with instructors and fellow makers in the SOS Community Forums. If you are new to the SOS site, you can sign up for a 14-day trial for only $1, with access to everything that SOS has to offer. Enter the coupon code: CRAFTWITHUS on the plan of your choice on our sign-up page.
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About Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver, youtuber + author // been writing this blog about colour and craft since 2004 // see what I am making @lomeetsloom and @sweetgeorgia.

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  1. Janet Dray says:

    Hi! I love that you’re working with a 4-shaft counterbalance loom because that’s exactly what I have. But my loom is an old handmade one with only 4 treadles. Any advice about how to add treadles to have a wider variety of tie-ups? As a beginning weaver I would really welcome lessons about a wide array of weaving patterns on 4 shafts. I’m also interested in weaving rugs on my loom. It’s a floor model 60” across. Thanks for all your vlogs!

    Cheers,
    Janet

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