It is almost effortless to make a short warp for the band loom. All you need is a peg at the beginning and a peg at the end. You can use a spoke of the warp beam wheel, for instance, at one end, and the leg of an upside-down stool at the other. I normally use my warping reel, though, for even a simple warp, because the reel is so handy. However, I don’t have my warping reel here at the apartment, so I am turning my band loom into a handy warping board for this band loom project.
How to Use the Band Loom as a Warping Board
Tools and supplies:
- Glimåkra band loom
- Thread for weaving a narrow band
- Basket and/or spool holder(s)
For a warp of approximately two meters:
- Put the warp thread on the floor below—quills in a basket, and/or thread tubes on spool holders.
- Using two or more ends, tie the ends together with an overhand knot. (I used three ends together for this warp.)
- Bring the warp ends up around the warp beam and over the back beam.
- Loop the knot on the starting peg.
- Draw the ends from the starting peg to the ending peg, around the band loom, following this path:
- Starting peg–upper heddle peg nearest back beam
- Lower heddle peg nearest back beam
- Back beam
- Warp beam
- Cloth beam
- Front beam
- Lower heddle peg nearest front beam
- Ending peg–upper heddle peg nearest front beam
- Follow the winding path in reverse order back to the starting peg.
- Continue winding until you have reached the desired number of ends.
- Cut the ends and tie off at the starting peg or the ending peg.
- Tie one or two choke ties, if needed. (I didn’t need them for this short warp.)
- Carefully remove the warp and dress the band loom as usual. (For a tutorial on dressing the band loom, click here: Quiet Friday: Band Loom Warping and Weaving.)
- Weave to your heart’s content.
May you find tools you didn’t know you had.
Happy band weaving,
8 thoughts on “Tools Day: Band Loom Warping Board”
Love this touch you add to your towels!
Hi Beth, I like having a good reason to use my band loom. It’s a fun little extra thing to do.
Beautiful bands! Hope you’re in your new space soon!
Hi Laurie, Thanks so much! We have just less than 12 weeks to go in this transition spot. The time is going to fly by! I’m looking forward to our new place, but not looking forward to leaving all the people we love here…
All the best,
Sounds like a move closer to grandkids. The home near San Antonio?
Hi Shari, Yes, we will be closer to grandkids. We’ll be in Kerrville–not too far from San Antonio.
One of the more humbling visuals is someone weaving on a back strap loom. Weaving at its most basic. It is good to find multiple uses for the instruments in our world.
Thank you for the instructions.
Hi Nannette, Sometimes the simplest solutions are right in front of us.