Please look at pages 4 and 5 in your rug book and follow along on the chapter called “warping the frame” on the dvd.
This week we will warp your frame. The warp strips can be any old strips because they won’t show. You might see a tiny bit of the warp if it’s a totally different color than your twining strips however when you walk on the rug, the rows get pressed tightly together.
In the past I’ve kept track of approximately how many full width strips I’ve used for the warp. Depending on the fabric I have used 50-55 full width strips. Of course that will differ if your strips are a different length. Join 50 strips together and don’t even bother to roll them into a ball.
Your assignment this week is to warp your frame. Read the book and watch Chapter 2 on the dvd. The only point missing on the dvd is holding the warp on the frame with rubber bands across the nails. The first row of twining wants to pull the warp off the nails so the rubber bands hold it secure.
It’s at this point that you should add the rubber bands.
Do not stretch your warp strips too tightly – the rug will be easier to twine/weave if there’s some “play” in the warp.
If you have questions about warping your frame, please ask in the comments. If YOU have the question, others will likely have the same question.
Next week we will put on the first row and go around the upper left corner which is the critical step in making the rug. If you don’t get that step done right, your rug will come apart. That’s next Monday. For this week just get your frame warped with rubber bands across the nails and set it aside.
Camber with an ear of corn last weekend.