Dressing the loom
While dressing the loom takes the most time when weaving a project, I find this step to be fun and relaxing!
The Beka loom has a warp beam (shown at the top of the picture) and a cloth beam (shown on the bottom of the picture)
Put a bow tie on each section at ends of the warp.
Carefully cut both ends of the warp and remove it from the warping board.
To begin threading the heddle, be sure the heddle is sitting up on the shed blocks. This is the upper position. (as seen in the first picture.)
From the cloth beam side of the loom, gather the first group of 8 ends of yarn and begin threading the heddle. Thread the heddle through holes and slots. Start in the center of the heddle. When 8 ends have been threaded, tie them together with a piece of yarn in a bowtie. Continue with the second 8 ends.
Move to the warp beam side of the loom. Cut pieces of cord 14 inches long one for each warp bundle. Fold the cords in half and tie the ends in an overhand knot.
Attach these cords to the warp bundles with a larks head knot. To learn how to make a larks head knot, click here. Hook the knotted ends of the cords over several dents on the warp beam.
Go back and repeat step two for the next group of 16 warp ends. Repeat until you have all 116 ends attached to bundles as described in step three.
In the next step, we will wind the warp onto the warp beam!