tied on ready to start spreading the warp out
throw three picks before bringing the beater forward
weave 6 picks in total. The wedges between the warp bouts will have evenly filled in and you're ready to weave!
These shawl warps have turned out to be the ideal 'recuperation' projects. The cloth is very loosely woven which means that although the warp is 20" in the reed, there are actually only 200 ends. Threading is a straight draw, so no thinking required - just put my brain in neutral and keep threading, 4, 3, 2, 1 over and over until done.
The actual weaving is also very easy. Since the cloth is so loosely woven, beating is not so much a beat as it is a gentle squeeze to get the weft pick to lie nicely in the cloth. It's a slow, rhythmical dance, perfectly suited to my reduced energy levels this week.
I think I've shown how I begin before but thought it would be nice to show it again. So many people weave inches of paper towel (or toilet paper!) or use up 6 or more inches of warp weaving sticks into the web in order to get the warp threads spread out. In reality, all you need is 6 picks to spread the threads out to their proper width.
Throw three picks *before* bringing the beater forward, then weave 3 more picks and voila! You are ready to weave.
It is possible to use the length tied to the apron rod as part of the fringe, or leave it as loom waste and measure the length of the desired fringe and weave four more picks before beginning the textile. Either way works. In the case of these warps, they are more than long enough for a shawl so I'm not trying to save any warp length and just let the tie on length be part of the 'waste' yarn.
The whole point, after all, is to get these warps woven up and reduce stash!