A couple weeks ago, I wrote about making warp sticks from vinyl blinds. Last Friday, I tied on my first warp using the homemade warp sticks. I’m just about finished weaving this project — I should finish it later today — so I thought I’d share a little bit about my experience. Short story: I loved them!
When I took the weaving class in September, the teacher had us use a long sheet of craft paper to separate the layers of warp. This worked well and I have used that same method on the three projects I warped myself since the class. However, I found it much more difficult at home than in the class. In class, we had a partner helping us warp. At home, I warp by myself. I have to hold on to the warp strands tight enough to keep tension, turn the handle so the warp wraps onto the warp beam, and make sure the paper is winding in straight and flat. I really need at least one, probably two, more hands to make this work properly. I decided I wanted to try using warp sticks instead since it seems to be an easier method when you are warping alone.