Sunday, August 9, 2015
Apron Ties - Variations on Shoelaces
Then proceed with tensioning and when it's good, complete the square knots if needed for extra securing.
The beauty of this method is the tensioning mechanism. By just pulling toward you with the shoelace ends, or by separating the two and pulling, the warp is tightened and held in place as the snitch knot constricts, creating more static friction. You can also see that there is less warp waste than in the traditional tie-on.
attach my warp sections to the strings on my sectional beam.
Then use the two ends of the shoelace to tie onto the rod, in the same manner as in the traditional method above. The shoelaces are basically acting as an extension of the warp bout. The shoelaces are much easier to deal with in tying on than trying to keep the two halves of the bout separated while getting it around the rod in the traditional way.
This method is even more stingy with the warp. Other than whatever length you use up in getting your warp initially spreaded prior to weaving, that overhand knot is the only wasted bit.
What method(s) do you use to tie on a warp?