I may eventually say the same thing for all the two-layer, two-color warping configurations; I don’t use them often, but it’s useful to know how to do them when you want them. This one is probably my least favorite warping configuration which is interesting to me because it’s the same configuration generally used on a rigid heddle loom—warp one color, weft another. If you want to practice a weaving pattern you have in mind for a rigid heddle project, this pin loom warping configuration should be useful for that—especially if every odd row in your RH project is plain weave.
On the pin loom, I recommend using slightly thicker yarn such as Red Heart Soft. In the sample I used Bernat Satin which is thicker than Caron Simply Soft and Yarn Bee Soft Secret, but it still didn’t seem full enough to me. There’s no photo of the completed pink square because I didn’t like the result.
Because I don’t use this one very often, and don’t get much practice with it, these instructions are subject to slight changes. For now, here they are.
WARPING THE LOOM FOR COLOR CHANGE WITH L1 AND L3 AS COLOR 1 / L2 AND L4 AS COLOR 2
I thought about taking a photo of this, but didn’t: tie on L1 near Cr2 using a reverse slip knot (RSK). Begin warping L1.
If you haven’t done so yet, measure warp, cut, and thread needle.
This post assumes you’ve acquired the basics of working in ends as you weave (see series part 1 post). Begin weaving UNDER the first L1 warp at Cr2. At the end of R1, take the needle UNDER last warp, OVER the L2 tail (though I don’t think it matters if you go over it or under it).
WORKING IN THE TAILS WHILE THE SQUARE IS BEING WOVEN / STILL ON THE LOOM
Yes, the idea is to minimize the number of tails to be worked in, but with two colors there will always be extra tails, especially when working two colors on two different layers. You have the option to leave any, all, or none of them out for sewing purposes.
In this warping configuration you will only be working in one tail (L2 beginning) as you go, the other three will be dealt with while the square is still on the loom. The L1 beginning tail can be worked in at any time while you’re weaving the square. L3 and L4 ending tails will be woven in after the square is finished but still on the loom.
I didn’t photograph the square below step-by-step, but I followed the same procedure while weaving. This is Horizontal Xs, variation 1 with L1&3/2&4 warping, ends worked in while on the loom. (See also Horizontal Xs, variation 2.)
All Horizontal Xs variations look good in this warping configuration.
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