Indirect Warping

Indirect warping is taking the yarn off the spool, winding it around something for some distance, wrapping it around a peg and following the same path back to the beginning. This is done in batches (bouts). They are tied together to prevent tangling (choke ties) and then put on the loom.

The advantage is that this doesn't take up a lot of real estate in your house as it would with direct warping, you can make the warps very long if you need to and if you have a wide project, you can make warp bouts until the cows come home. You can also do it while sitting.

The first step is to prepare the warp bouts. This is done on a board, a mill, or anything that you want to wind the yarn around.

Here's how to use a warping board:

Rather than "chain" the warps as most weavers do, master weaver Peggy Osterkamp recommends that you Use a Kite Stick Instead of Chaining Warps.  My weaving has improved a lot since I started reading her blog and taking her advice. If you want to "chain" the warps, that's OK too. Do what works for you. Here's how to do it:

Here's how to put the warp on a rigid heddle loom indirectly.


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