For non weavers it seems a difficult and daunting tsak to get the yarn from the skeins onto the looms, known as ‘warping the loom’ in weaving lingo. I am sure the job is similar with weavers around the world but here I will show you how our artisans in Guatemala warp their looms.
If the yarn is in skeins the weaver winds it onto spools. These are homemade spools and the winder you can see is made from a bicycle wheel and is done for warping the foot pedal looms.
The process is a little different for the backstrap loom but the yarn still needs to be warped and the transferred to the loom. Typically they just lay the yarn on the yarn winder also called a swift and put the yarn on the warping board from there.
It is incredible to me that weavers can plan the weaving and get the yarn on the huge warping board/ wheels in the needed pattern for the large floor looms. Below is the urdidor / warping wheel used for the foot pedal loom by our artisans.
After the yarn has been warped it is transferred to the loom and the weaving begins.
Hand weaving is very labor intensive but produces beautiful textiles that will last for years. Our artisans produce several weights of cloth on their floor looms and backstrap looms- from fine dress weight cloth to heavy upholstery weight textiles.
We have a wide assortment of their weavings in our online webstore here
and also in our Etsy shop here.