Warning: if you own or are likely to own a Weaving Heart baby wrap it is strongly advised you stop reading now, Weaving Heart cannot be held responsible for the sleepless nights that may follow if you choose not to heed this advice.
1. Buy yarn. Ensure you buy enough yarn for the whole warp. This ensures you don’t run out of said yarn in the middle of winding said warp and leave you with no other option than to change colour mid-graduation and make out that it is a ‘design feature’.
2. Secure the warp using choke ties (string) or freezer bag clips before removing from the warping board; this avoids loosing fairly important things like your threading and raddle cross (for you non weavers out there, these are essential for setting up the loom). No self respecting weaver would do this (would they?).
3. When winding the warp in sections, as is fairly standard for baby wrap width, put the sections on the loom the right way around and in the right order. Failure to do so will result in a wrap that looks nothing like the mock up; the custom mama is likely to be not best pleased.
4. Beam the warp, ie, wind the warp onto the back of the loom. If it gets ‘stuck’ do not, I repeat, do not carry on regardless ignoring this, you may end up with a few broken threads (or maybe an inch or two’s worth).
5. When threading the heddles, ensure you a) know how many heddles you actually have on the loom so you don’t run out and b) don’t end up with too many empty heddles at one side therefore blocking the warp from running straight causing numerous tension issues.
6. Ditto for sleying the reed.
7. Tie the warp on and CHECK FOR THREADING MISTAKES. Did you get that? CHECK FOR MISTAKES.
8. Ensure you have enough weft before you start weaving. This will stop you from running out of the weft yarn halfway through and then have to wait for more yarn to arrive thereby tying up your loom until it arrives, inevitably taking longer than usual, especially if your income depends on this. Obvious really.
9. CHECK FOR THREADING MISTAKES. Then start weaving.
If by chance you notice a threading mistake around 1/2 metre in you will have to cut off the weaving and start again. Don’t be stupid enough to have to end up doing this twice in one warp. Really. Especially in plain weave, the easiest threading around.
10. When using scissors anywhere near your warp, please be careful not to accidentally cut your warp. This can be fairly disastrous.
11. Measure your weaving as you go along; particularly important if you are weaving several wraps from one warp with different wefts. You are not able to estimate this.
12. Make sure you calculate the length of the wrap needed and allow for shrinkage with wet finishing (around 10%) and a hem allowance. If you don’t, try as you might, you cannot turn a piece of weaving that measures 3.5m into a 3.75m wrap. No matter how hard you try to stretch it.
13. Once finished weaving, cut off the loom and wet finish. If you have used non-superwash wool anywhere in your wrap do not tumble dry. You will end up with a felted placemat.
14. Just because it’s unlucky to end on 13 and I make enough mistakes as it is, without added bad luck thrown in.