As a new weaver, I’m still figuring out my preferences for a variety of things. How I like to warp is something I’m still really experimenting with. I have only ever warped from front-to-back, and I’ve learned a TON from this Madelyn van der Hoogt video on warping.
This weekend, I decided that I would try to sley the reed on a regular table, instead of hunching over a loom. The Madelyn van der Hoogt video suggests propping the reed up on the table with special “reed holders.” I was getting impatient, and decided that before I ordered these holders at $29, I needed to figure out an alternative. I don’t even know if I like sleying the reed at the table. There were some suggestions on ravelry about propping up between books, using C-clamps, etc. But I couldn’t picture how that would work. So I found an old, sturdy shoebox, got out my scissors and some c-clamps, and came up with this solution:
Behind the shoeboxes, the cross is in lease sticks. I taped them to the table with painter’s tape. It’s worked pretty well but I’m wondering if I want to try sleying the reed with the reed held flat (perhaps at the loom, supported by 2 slats of wood inserted across the beams, as suggested by someone on ravelry I think….) Oh well…. for my next project!