Kathie beaming the warp with even tensionSo... how to you take a warp that you have painted and get it ready to put onto a loom?  That is one of the things that we learned during day three of the workshop.  Kathie Roig also shared some INCREDIBLY helpful tips for more effectively warping the loom from front to back.  I was originally a front-to-back warper.  When I first learned to weave and read the descriptions for both back-to-front and front-to-back methods, front-to-back made the most sense to me.  I learned back-to-front for a special warp that was too delicate to drag through the heddles twice.  Long story short, I was getting better results the second way and have rarely returned to the first way.  But, there are many circumstances in which front-to-back can allow for more intuitive design during warping and the way my floor loom is designed, it lends it self to more comfortably warping it this way. 

Kathie's methods will allow me to warp front-to-back while still achieving a consistant tension as I wind on.

Day 3 also offered us a chance to see more of our samples and experiments come to fruition.  Kathie also showed us more inspiring photos and we wrapped up with day with a debriefing where everyone got a chance to reflect on the workshop.  I love it when an instructor facilitates that type of a wrap-up.

I highly recommend taking a workshop from Kathie.  She is talented, creative, patient, and caring.  She teaches this same class in a longer format at John C. Campbell Folk School and her next class there is scheduled for next spring.  I am very tempted to sign up for the class.

 

For more photos for day 3 of the workshop - check out the gallery.

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