Jody, a reader, asked that I provide instructions on how I warp my 24” Beka loom.
I thought I would go a step further and post step-by-step instructions on how I complete a shawl. (This will be educational for me to do!) I will post each step in different posts to keep the posts shorter.
Keep in mind that I am self taught, have only been weaving since May 2007 and by no means am an expert. 🙂
- Calculate the warp for a balanced weave fabric
- number of warp ends needed = finished width x sett (loom came with a 10 dent heddle – a sett of 10 warp ends per inch or 10 e.p.i)
- length of each warp = finished length + 10% take up and 24″ loom waste
- total warp yardage – number of warp ends needed x length of each warp / 36
The measurements I will use for my shawl are:
I want the shawl to measure 72 inches plus 6 inches of fringe on each end for a total of 84 inches when completed
I want the shawl to be 20” wide when completed
20” x 10 e.p.i = 200 warp ends
84” + 8 + 24 = 116” warp length
200 x 116 / 36 = 644 yards of warp yarn needed
In balanced weave, you need an equal amount of weft yarn as warp yarn. I select my yarn and in the next step, I will show how I measure the warp.