Hi there, I hope this is the correct thread...
I recently adopted a loom and the sectional backbeam came with a LOT of yarn on it. The loom had been unused and in storage for quite a while, so I can only guess what the thread is. It looks in good condition, and I believe it is a 5/2 cotton. The yarn is wound at 20 ends per 2" space in the sectional. I am new to weaving, so I figured, in order to get the warp to go straight from the sectional back beam to the front, I should sley at one per dent, the reed is a 10, needless to say this is not correct for the yarn.
SO, I'm trying to figure out how to re-sley. (I've threaded a straight draw in hopes of weaving some twill.) If I change to a 17.5 epi (the 1-2-2-2 pattern), the yarn will end up pretty angled from the back (wider from the back beam to narrower at the reed) which I assume will not be good for tension...
A friend has suggested winding on to the front beam, and then back onto the back beam at a more appropriate width, but I feel like that won't be great for the yarn, rubbing back and forth through the heddles. However, I'm not sure I have any other options.
(I adopted this loom from a clothing designer, I have no clue what she was making, or even if this sectional beam originally went to this loom, and neither does she, lol.)
I hope this makes sense, and I appreciate any advice/suggestions!