Inkle Oops

During lunch on Monday I warped my inkle loom for a new trial project, letters on 5-block checks.

Warped inkle loom for a new project during lunch
warped, in more than one way

After I warped it, I realized that I had accidentally left the tension flap swung in instead of out:


I had decent sheds though so I thought it would be fine. I wove a bit, tried a little pick up (obvious in this little sample, that wonky line that doesn’t match the checkerboard pattern).


It was fine until I went to advance the warp. On an inkle loom, the warp is a continuous loop. So when you advance the warp, you just slide the warp down towards the starting peg, exposing more unwoven warp.

I tried to move the warp. It was stuck. I loosened up the tension flap and realized that this was the reason the tension flap needs to swing out slightly from the loom while warping — it offers slack that is necessary, especially on a long warp, to advance the warp. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

I slipped the warp off of the bottom peg and tried to figure out a way to MacGuyver it for this sampling project. I couldn’t figure out a good way to do it without messing up my entire warp or having to rewarp the entire thing. I could cut each thread one by one and tie to the one next to it. I could cut all of the threads, rewarp, tying each one to one another and that would work alright as long as I warped a shorter length. But what a pain in the butt!

I eventually just rewarped the loom in the same colors, making sure this time that the tension flap was swung out beyond the loom. It advances fine now… Learning! Hopefully I won’t make that mistake again (I’m guessing on a short warp it wouldn’t have been as much of a problem).

1 Comment so far

  1. Katrina on November 1st, 2013

    I’ve been looking for an inkle loom and I like the one you have in the photos. Where did you get it from?