Warping a Saori loom the "Jane" way

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    • #31353
      Susan Canning
      Participant

        Does anyone have experience warping a Saori floor loom the way Jane demonstrates in the 1st & 2nd lessons?

        The instructions with the loom says that lease sticks aren’t used and the cross is held in the hand. Sounds like a disaster according to Jane’s method.

        Also means buying a $600 warp beam winder with stands for removable harness to wind the warp, thread heddles and sleigh the reed off the loom on tabletop.

        Not wanting to buy more expensive equipment, I wonder if the Saori loom could be warped using this standard method, back to front?

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      • #31354
        Jane
        Keymaster

          I have never seen a Saori loom up close but I don’t see why you can’t use lease sticks.  You just have to find a way to attach them to the loom.   I couldn’t be that hard 🙂

          Anyone else have any thoughts?

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        • #31361
          Kathy
          Participant

            Hi Susan,

            I have a Saori loom and I used Jane’s method of dressing the loom. The only thing that was a little difficult for me  was threading the heddles because I couldn’t remove the breast beam. Everything else worked out great!

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            • #31367
              Susan Canning
              Participant

                Yes removing the breast beam on the Saori loom is not an option only the reed is removable so threading and sleighing isn’t fun. I bought this loom as it’s foldable and portable but is also meant to be used for folks with physical disabilities (wheelchair bound or limited mobility). Hence the elaborate and expensive method of using a removable square cardboard tube on the additional warp roller placed on a separate table top with harness holder and wooden cross holder for threading. If I had really researched the loom I wouldn’t have bought it because of these features  but the upside is one can begin plain weave weaving after a quick set up out of the box and pre-wound warps on cardboard tubes. Nothing like spontaneous shopping! but good to know you successfully warp the loom from back to front. That’s my next steep learning curve! Have you tried the Saori method with extra equipment for warping?

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              • #31368
                Susan Canning
                Participant

                  I forgot to ask: did you use lease sticks to warp the Saori loom?

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              • #31369
                Kathy
                Participant

                  No, I haven’t tried the new warping system for the Saori.  I have a four shaft Saori so I personally feel it would be difficult to thread the heddles, sleigh the reed, and wind a warp all at a table, then try and get it all back onto the loom.

                  I followed Jane’s back to front method and thought that was the easiest and best warp I’ve ever done!

                  Yes, I did use lease sticks.

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                • #31373
                  Susan Canning
                  Participant

                    Thanks Kathy for the help! Lease sticks it is.

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                  • #31394
                    Susan Canning
                    Participant

                      Kathy:

                      If you don’t mind sharing? Where did you put your raddle on your Saori loom for warping.

                      I have a 4 shaft sx60 loom.

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                    • #31395
                      Kathy
                      Participant

                        I put a handmade raddle on the back of the shelf using Erwin quick grips. I have the Saori wx60 and it worked really well. The bobbin winder got in the way a little but I worked around it and used the smaller grips. This was the first time I used a raddle and I enjoyed the process…so much easier than holding the cross.

                        I’m happy to answer any questions you have, if I can. 😊

                        Happy weaving!

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                      • #31403
                        Susan Canning
                        Participant

                          Kathy: thanks for the tips. I figured the shelf would be the best place, too. When you made your raddle, what spacing did you use? 1/2 inch?

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                        • #31426
                          Kathy
                          Participant

                            Yes, the nails are spaced every 1/2″. My raddle is a piece of molding cut at a length of 25″.

                            Left 1-3/4″ on each end without nails so I had space for the grips.  Nothing fancy, but it works! 😊

                             

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