I just finished winding 15 warps to send out for a June workshop (please don’t notice the chaos of the studio . . . I’m getting to it . . . somehow yarn/book/equipment capacity has been exceeded), and I have been so thrilled by excellent information that I have received from my weaving questions that I have to throw out a few more. These came up while I wound and wound . . . and wound.First – full disclosure – I use a reel, and am too lazy/set in my ways/something to use a paddle, and I both don’t have enough cones/tubes of each color and am too scared to do what Becky does and wind 30 threads at a time . . . yipes! I also dress back to front – so there may be issues I am creating for the front to backers that I am unaware of and would love to hear about.
So, I was winding deflected double weave warps with color changes at block changes. Some were very easy – large blocks with an even number of threads for which I wound 2 threads at a time of each color. I held two threads together and didn’t make a 1-1 cross. But then there were the warps with one set of blocks with an even number of threads, and one set with an odd number. A couple of those I wound holding two threads together but making a 1-1 cross. Here’s the issue: if you do it the way I did it, you get a double cross between the final peg and the cross pegs and if you don’t make sure to put your tie-on rod in the same space as the last peg (as opposed to the same space as one of your lease sticks) the loops will separate and create a big mess that you have to sort out loop by loop (ask me how I know). This is not a problem when i am just working on something myself, but I don’t want to confuse the students who are receiving the warps. So, the questions are: how do you wind your warps? How do you handle multiple color changes? Do you use a reel or a board? What about a paddle? I know that Madelyn vd H uses a board, and doesn’t cut and tie at color changes, but lets the last color thread dangle as she winds the next stripe. Any other advice, information, wisdom will be much appreciated.