The design is often based upon a photograph for inspiration amd involves making yarn wraps to select the colours and the order they are to appear, selecting a weave structure and designing the pattern.
The warp is either wound directly on to the sectional warp beam, or wound on a warping frame before being transferred to the lower back beam. Some more complicated designs have part of the warp put on each beam.
Each warp is threaded through a single heddle on the correct shaft according to the pattern design. Then all warps are threaded through the reed which maintains the correct cloth width.
First a sample is woven, removed from the loom, washed and checked. After correcting any threading errors the fabric is then woven.
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