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Tension Headache

posted Nov 30, 2010, 10:06 AM by Mary Powell
Now that all the threads are in the right place, they just need some tension. I divide the threads into small sections, then just tie them around the apron bar.

 The apron bar is just a stick or board tied to the beam that the cloth will roll on to (the cloth beam) on the underside of the loom. The ropes from the apron bar run over the apron beam at the very front of the loom. The only trick here is keeping the tension even. I usually start in the middle and work out to the sides, then go back and tighten the middle bunches until they all have the same tension. It takes a little while, but is hard to mess up.

The loom is now dressed. We are ready to start weaving!