If you're not a weaver, this post definitely won't be interesting to you. (No promises that it will be interesting if you are a weaver though!)
Since I sometimes take months off between projects, I'm creating a checklist to remind me about my preferred warping techniques.
For the past few days, I've been sneaking up to my studio to pick up where I left off dressing my Baby Wolf for a doubleweave sampler.
On my checklist, I had a note to try sleying the reed horizontally. Usually I put the reed in the beater in weaving position, and sley the reed that way when warping the loom back to front.
Last spring at Ruby Leslie's workshop, she mentioned that she prefers to sley the reed horizontally. One of my local weaving friends also endorsed that method. Deanna from A Winding Thread is also a fan.
I tried it out, and now I'm a fan too!!!
Deanna attaches her reed to the beater using ribbons from champagne bottles. I am a bit duller than that....I use shoelaces. (We runners tend to have lots of shoe laces that last longer than our running shoes!)
This method is more comfortable than putting the reed in the beater for me mostly because I'm never in a position where I'm looking through the reed at the heddles. Plus it seems easier for my hands and arms to be in comfortable positions with the reed horizontal. Also, I can tell from looking at the photos that I rest my forearms on the loom, which makes it more comfortable too.
I'm trying to develop a typical way of warping so that it becomes automatic for me. But I'm still willing to try different techniques to see if it gets easier, faster, more comfortable, more fun or better in some other way.
Sleying horizontally is definitely worth a try sometime if you haven't tried it yet. I was pleasantly surprised!
Let me know if you've tried it and what you think! Any other tips and pointers to make me a happier warper are also welcome!
19 hours ago