Tablet weaving, warping pt. 2

Hooray! we are back.

I was writing up and taking photos of warping my loom and it was getting too long for me to expect even my short attention span to follow. 😉

So, we talked about the fundamentals HERE and started measuring out the length of the project around the pegs of the loom HERE.  Now, we are taking the fiber off the loom, putting it on our bobbins and dropping the cards into place.  Let’s go!

Here is a photo recap of what we did in the last post:

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It doesn’t seem like much, but that’s ok, we have a lot more to do. Now,  all the fiber is on the loom and we need to get it off onto our bobbins.

That’s half the battle. Some people get frustrated, if you do, get up, walk away and take a break. Then sit back down and keep going.

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Count out six strands and separate them. Every six passes will go on one bobbin.  This photo shows four bobbins of green ready for removal. ( I forgot I only needed three).

Once you get to the starting point after the sixth round, cut the thread and put the bobbin aside. Keep going.  I do not have enough bobbins for all the colors, so I measured out black, purple, blue and green and began winding the bobbins. Once I finish dropping the cards I will measure out the next set of colors.

Remember, you need six lengths because you are warping six cards. the four partitions are the four holes in the card.

The black is only two lengths long, because you are creating two cards worth of selvedge.

Now we are ready to start warping our tablets.

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So, I made this gallery as a visual overview of what we are going to be doing.

You will need:

• a loom

• four bobbins of color you want to use in your pattern ( I’m using 3 primary and 1 black)

• the total number of cards you need to thread for that section of the overall pattern. (for my project I’m using six cards per color of the rainbow and two cards each on the outer edges for selvedge.)

and most importantly: patience!

*update* The photos below show me warping cards with four holes of primary color. I noticed it after a couple drops and went back to fix it. So don’t let the all purple cards confuse you. Sigh. Ok… back to the tutorial! */end update*

WOOT, it’s pretty simple:


Take your four bobbins and thread them through the four corner holes.  They must all be threaded in the same direction or else they will not turn. Then make the ends even and tie them into a knot.

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Next, tie the knot around the main peg of your loom, not a permanent knot, just to hold it in place while warping. After the cards are dropped we will take the beginning and tie it to the knot at the end.  Then take the whole deck of cards together and move toward your  next peg to the right. Leave a card in the open space between the main bar and the next peg. That will be your weaving area.


Keep the deck of cards together for the rest of the way through the pegs you measured earlier. In the photo on the left, I am holding the warp from the bobbins to show how the cards go over the next peg and continue over the tensioning bar.


Like I said in the FIRST POST the next peg on the left side needs to be your tensioning bar. That’s for when you loosen your piece to modify the pattern or move the piece to open up more space, also known as “advancing your warp.” It keeps the rest of the warped threads in place without risk of them slipping off the pegs or getting tangled.

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The deck needs to go around the peg from top to bottom, otherwise it will not let the pattern advance.

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The second round is the same as the first. Leave the second card next to the first and take the rest of the deck around the length measured out earlier. Now repeat the same process with the rest of the cards in the deck. Bring the tail of the warp back to the beginning and untie the temporary knot made in the first card.  Tie the two together. Voila!


You have successfully warped your first set of cards!  Now continue the whole process again for the other parts of your project, which would be a set of six for each of the ROYGBV colors and end with the selvedge.

Now continue on to the next blog post where I discuss and show you how to make the pattern above while weaving an Iris.


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