According to Mary Atwater's booklet on Inkle Weaving (found here) this is "European Method" of warping. There are 2 background colors and a pattern thread (doubled--but treated as one thread) in the threading order.
For inkle loom, O=OPEN position (up shed) and H=HEDDLED position (down shed).
For Rigid Heddle, O=HOLE and H=SLOT.
For other looms, O=Shed 1 and H=Shed 2.
When using a rigid heddle frame, just use the shed blocks on your frame as usual.
If the rigid heddle is small and hanging in neutral (as with backstrap or inkle loom), use a shed stick to keep the sheds open. If weaving this with inkle, again, use a shed stick to keep the sheds open.
When warped correctly (7 of the pattern threads will be in the up position), the pick up patterning begins on the UP SHED.
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Just found this site and am so grateful for all the tutorials. This video is exactly what I needed. Trying to learn to read the patterns. However, I still do not understand how to warp it to begin with.
The draft on this page was written for inkle. If you’re not familiar with how to warp an inkle loom, there are a lot of videos on utube that will show you. If you’re using a rigid heddle, substitute the H for slot and the O for hole in the heddle. If you’re not familiar with how to warp a rigid heddle, check the warping section of this site. Link to warping is near the top just under the search box.
Joyce I enjoyed watching your video. You speak clearly and explain hos to do this. I still have trouble wrappiong my mind around how to warp this one. don’t supposed you could video how to set this up?
I too am a bit confounded on the warping. I have a rigid heddle loom. If I understand correctly I put the lighter thread in on e slot and one hole and the darker goes two threads through either the slot or the hole depending on the pattern…? I so enjoyed your tutorial. I’m a beginner and have made several projects successfully but am looking for something a bit more complex and would love to learn to do this. Thanks for your help!
Thanks for your earlier reply. A bit at a loss as I believe I have the warping correct and thought your video was very clear and that I understood it. But I am not getting Celtic knots…rather my pattern looks more like just blocks of straight lines. I’m unsure as to whether this means I’ve warped incorrectly or am not wefting correctly. Any thoughts?
I would have to see pictures of how you have it warped. If you’re getting blocks, try looking at the under side of the cloth, it might be coming out backwards for some reason.
I would like to see what you are producing to really help you. It's possible you are not beating the weft into the fell of the cloth tight enough. You should be producing a warp faced cloth, not a balanced weave.
I enjoyed your video but would like to know the yarn you are using. I have 2 ply wool and red and black but I think I need 3 colors, do you have any suggestions as to how this would work? I have been trying to get this for a while, until I saw your video and now I understand it. I am going to try your graph and see if it works out on a rigid heddle loom. I am using a table loom I pushed back the heddles and removed the beater bar so I think it is now a rigid heddle loom with a floating heddle. right?
Thank you! I am using yarn frogged from a sweater. It’s 100% cotton.
Use whatever color combinations speak to you. If unsure, try any of the online inkle band pattern generators for a visual and to give you ideas. Play.
Now that you understand the process, I hope there’s no stopping you! :)
About the heddles…what you need are 2 sheds. How you achieve that doesn’t matter. Anything that holds warp under tension is a loom. You can create warp faced weaves (which is what inkle weaving is) on any loom.
I’m going to try this on my RH, but before I get into threading the heddle, I have a problem. My Ashford uses little plastic ties to connect the tie sticks. I’ve had trouble before with them breaking, and the tie stick warping a bit, when I do thin bands. Do you have any suggestions?
Yes, I hear a lot of people having that same problem with the Ashford loom. I buy stuff made in the USA so don’t have any personal experience with your loom. Write to them or where you bought it and ask for replacements.
In a pinch, I’m told that Texsolv (search it if you don’t know what that is) makes for very good ties for the beam stick (what you call tie stick) and use a smaller and thicker beam stick when doing bands. A bit of 1/2” dowel will serve the purpose nicely. I use some kind of grippy nylon braided cord. Shoe laces also work well. Hope that helps.
Do you have any instructions for the Sunnah heddle? My husband made one for me with holes, short slots and long slots and now I would like to know how to thread this loom and also how to pick up the pattern threads and make a band, using No. 10 cotton for background and 2 ply wool for the pattern. Any help you can give me would be appreciated. Thanks