Now that the pirns have been wound, they are ready for the warp. They are set up on a pirn-rack and threaded through a rigid heddle and a reed before being attached to the warping mill. Our warping mill has been hand-made by Jimmy Hutchison – one of the many advantages of being joiners as well as weavers! The warping mill is rotated the number of times necessary to create the desired length and then the section is cut and tied. Each section is made this way until the width of the warp is complete.
It is while making the warp that the leash is created. The leash is crucial to the warp as it is the way of preventing the ends from getting mixed up when transferring from warping mill to loom.