I'm using a tabletop warping mill to wind a dishtowel warp of around 265 threads. Although there's still plenty of room on the pegs, the space on the vertical bars of the mill is getting quite crowded. How do you fit enough threads on the mill without getting the threads out of order? Am i missing something about how to wind on the threads? I'm very carefully keeping each thread next to, and not on top of, the threads before it, but this process fills up the space on the mill. (the warp is a bit over 7 yards long, so there was a limitation of space before i started).
Hi John, I just wound a 14 yard warp - 448 ends - on my table top mill. The secret is to divide your warp into 2 or more smaller warp segments (if needed). Warping mills made by different manufacturers can be different heights, and therefore able to manage more or less warp than other makes. Also, in the very first episode in the School of Weaving - Jane’s hand goes up and pushes in each section on their pegs as she adds more yarn. The size of your yarn also makes a difference - my warp yarn is 16/2 linen whereas you are likely using 8/2 cotton for your tea towels. There is always a way - you just have to adapt your method slightly to get a working solution for your equipment and project. Have fun weaving those tea towels!
Thank you very much Sandra. Your reply was very useful. I did as you said and divided the warp into 3 parts. I also realized that i could reconfigure the warping mill to spread the yarn out further, top to bottom. (I got my mill as an included item when i bought my used loom, without instructions, so i've been figuring it out on my own mostly). I'm getting better at it.
Now that that's done, i realize i never clamped the mill to the table, and based on how much it slid around i can see that i need to remember to do that next time. So much to learn. my brain can only absorb so much at a time!