Quiet Friday: Dressing the Loom

Enjoy some peace and quiet today.

Measuring warp ends on warping reel

Counting string at lease cross separates groups of warp ends while measuring warp on warping reel. (Click picture to enlarge)


Beaming the warp

Warp bouts, under tension, being beamed. Choke ties, which keep the threads from shifting, are removed as they move close to the breast beam.


Lease sticks across the warp

Pair of lease sticks across width of warp keep warp ends in the same order they were wound on the warping reel. (Click picture to enlarge)


Texsolv heddles being threaded

Each warp end is threaded through the eye of a heddle.


Sleying 22.5 dent per inch reed

After the heddles are threaded, each warp end is pulled through a dent in the reed. This warp has one end per dent. There are 22.5 dents per inch in this reed.


Warp tied to front tie-on bar

With the reed placed in the beater, one-inch sections of warp ends are smoothed out and tied onto the front tie-on bar.


Sitting under the warp

Like getting into a secret playhouse, I sit under the warp at the back of the loom to attach the lamms and tie up the treadles. This view is looking up from my secret hideout.


Perfect shed for weaving

After everything is tied up, the shaft holders removed, and the locking pin taken out, this makes me rejoice — A Perfect Shed!

Let the weaving begin! Come back soon to see the Swedish lace curtains being woven.

Quietly yours,



  • Barbara Crockett says:

    Wow, I imagine that process took quite a few hours! I’m looking forward to spending a quiet Friday with Mom today.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for stopping in, Barbara! I’ve been tracking my time — dressing the loom for this project took me just under 18 hours.
      Give Mom my love and a hug.

  • Grethe says:

    Beautiful pictures, I’m sure you have a great time when dressing the loom. I wish you a happy weaving and I’m looking forward to see your curtains.

  • Betty Van Horn says:

    wow – it has it’s own beauty – fun to enjoy the process as much as the product

  • Bev says:

    Beautiful photos that show just how intricate and complex Swedish lace is to make! 18 hours, thus far……It will undoubtedly make all who have seen the process that much more appreciative of the finished project! Your comment and Betty’s are reminders to me to be appreciative of all our Master Weaver does….often unseen…to bring about amazing things within hearts and lives that only He could do. Simply Beautiful, Karen!

  • Janet Austin says:

    Nothing more inspiring than a fresh new warp! So full of potential! This white warp is stunning, can’t wait to see what it turns into!

    • Karen says:

      A fresh warp is full of possibilities, isn’t it, Janet? Even “plain” white (or “simple” black and white) can hold secrets and surprises. Thanks for coming by!

  • elisabeth Munkvold says:

    I imagine this is what beautiful music looks like 🙂

  • C4G says:

    OH!! OH-OH-OH please tell me which book this is from! I made a couple panels of this back in 2012 and I am unable to find the pattern which I could have sworn I made a copy of but can’t find it now, three years later. I want to finish that curtain since I have the itch to weave again!!

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