I’ve reached the part of quarantine where I decide that warping a loom with the “help” of a 2-year-old is a good idea.
It is not a good idea.
Especially when the last time you warped a loom was maybe 4 years ago (I’m honestly not sure).
I thought I had the right idea, kind of glanced at the pictures in the instruction book, and barreled ahead while the kid was being as non-destructive as possible.
Anyway, here’s “Warping a Loom: A photo essay.”
- I was feeling cocky- I had done it! I remembered what to do, and had managed to do it with my toddler in the room with me! Isn’t he cute! Isn’t the loom lovely!
- Oh no! I just realized the yarn on the left side of the loom (in the picture) is supposed to go over the big bar, not under it. (Note: I’m sure there’s a name for the bar on the left side of the loom, but as has been established, I didn’t read the instructions, so I have no idea what the name is.)
- Panic. I really don’t want to undo all the knots and threading each bit of yarn through the heddle again, so I decide that the easier thing to do will be to literally take the loom apart and put it back together around the yarn, instead of the other way around. I dig out this weirdly patriotic screwdriver.
- I take the loom apart carefully, with “help” from the kid. He’s very interested in tools.
- I put the loom back together, with more help. He’s very helpful.
- It looks good! The kid tests it for strength. Seems OK.
- Victory! (Hubris!)
- Oh wait… The yarn is all supposed to be even, now that I fixed the loom! Why aren’t they even??
- Oh. The warp is supposed to go over the bar on this side too. Good thing I haven’t put away the screwdriver yet…
- Fixed (part 2). And I’m pretty sure it’s fixed for certain, this time.
- Oh yeah… look at those lovely lined-up threads. And it only took me twice as long as it should have!
The moral of the story: Read the directions, even if you’re sure you know what you’re doing. (You don’t know what you’re doing.)