I am getting back into weaving after several years of not, and am following along on the techniques in Season 1, and starting on the first project in Season 2. I am using my Norwood loom, and have never used it, so am kind of on a steep learning curve in several areas. The Norwood has a sectional beam built in. My (vague) understanding is I can warp it just like it was a regular warp beam, and that I don't need to use paper, just spread the threads out between the pegs of the sectional beam. I'm wondering if I've got that right or, if not, how I would use it? I don't have a tensioning box or a thread rack; I've just measured my warp on a warping beam. Thanks for any help! I'm very thankful for this site!
You can warp it back to front just as I do in the videos. While winding go slowly to make sure no warp ends get caught on the sectional dividers.
Thank you, Jane!
I was just now looking in a book, Warping All By Yourself (Cay Garrett), and it says the same thing; also if you have a very long warp or a warp of different weights of yarn, you can have thin slats drilled with holes that will fit over the pegs on the sectional beam. You would need 4, for each of the sides of the beam. If the warp begins to get uneven, slip the slats over the pegs in the beam. Just in case someone else is wondering about this.
Hi Diana, you could also take the sectional off and put on a regular apron. If you don’t think you will ever use the sectional as a sectional you could cut off the wooden pegs. I seem to recall they are wooden on a Norwood. I haven’t woven on one since I was in school 40 years ago. Yikes!
Jane, is getting the thread caught on the pegs, or as is the case with my old loom, the metal spikes, the only concern? I ask as a novice and wonder about the need for a tension box when warping on to the sectional beam. Thanks!
Hi Jean, I haven’t warped on a sectional in 40 years but when I have used one in the past I made the sections a little narrower in the raddle than the section on the beam. That always helped. Hope this works for you.