Getting the loom ready. What a process.
First, I get the warp onto the warping board.
Next is the hardest part for me: Getting the warp off the warping board and onto the loom without making a huge tangled mess.
Next I wind the thread onto the back of the loom. Then with the greatest of patience, I thread each individual thread through a heddle (those metal pieces that are vertical). After I get each thread in, I thread the yarns though the beater. You can see here in the picture the green threads that have already been put into the beater.
This picture jumps ahead a bit, but you can see the very beginning of the weave. I've got toilet paper separating the threads and keeping them nice and even and in place. Yep, toilet paper.
I use floating selvages on my edges. They are not tied to the back of the loom, only the front, so they hang off the back beam of the loom. To keep these floating bits of yarn in place, I use weights on the back. In the past I've used PVC pipes, with the thread wrapped around it. It didn't work well. So, this time, I was trying to find something that would work better. A quick glimpse into my children's room provided me with my answer.
Meet my weaving buddies, Gollum and Smeagol.
That's how I get my loom ready to weave. Now, off to weave. These colors and this pattern are going to look great!