Warping the sash

Warping Day.
The silk is now the right color, or as close as I can get. Still tied in sections to prevent tangling in the dyepot, I’m leaving those ties to try to avoid troubles un-reeling.

dyed silk

The skein hanging on my umbrella swift, ready to set on the frame.


Here you see the sprang frame. It consists of two 2x4s, one on the floor, and one on the seat of chairs. There are convenient holes drilled every foot or so. Holding the 2x4s together are 1.5 inch dowels at either end. Small pipe straps hold finer dowels for the cross. To make it easier to see the cross, we placed my cutting mat behind the cross.
sprang frame

My heavy-duty frame


Usually I set up the sprang frame by myself. In honor of the size of this warp and the fine thread, this time it is a three-person job.
three jobs

The three-person job


One person manipulates the umbrella swift, preventing tangling at that end, another winds the thread around the sprang frame. The third person keeps track of the cross, makes sure it is laid in correctly. This third person also keeps track of the number of warp threads, lets me know when we’re done.
Warp in progress

Getting there


It required six hours to set up the warp. Whew! Glad that part is done.
The 2×4 that was on the floor gets placed on top, and then the frame is turned and lifted.
Installing the frame

The frame set into position for work.


Enough work for one day.

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