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« on: August 26, 2008 10:27:41 AM »

Hello Everyone. I just received a Kromski Harp 32" rigid heddle loom for my birthday -yes I have the best husband ever Wink -but I have question. I just picked up some cheap yarn to experiment with and to use while I watched the video that teaches you how to use your warp board and actually put your yarn through the heddle slots. So my husband was helping me and when we got to the point of putting the yarn through the heddle holes he was considered that the yarn I was using was too thick and I would damage the heddle (because the yarn was so thick it didn't easily go through the holes) So I was very disappointed. I did all that work for nothing. Now I have no yarn to use and no stores nearby to seek help.

I can't find anything online suggesting exactly what kind of yarn to use for my warp. Let's say I want to make a basic placemat just as a practice project. Does anyone have any ideas for appropriate warp yarn? Maybe a website where I can get it? I don't understand the terminology 8/2 22/2 and all that stuff.

Unfortunately there are no specialty stores where I live with weaving supplies so most of my shopping will be done online. Any help is greatly appreciated.

« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008 12:59:52 PM »

#a/#b means
#a is the "weight" of the yarn, and the higher you go the thinner the yarn
#b is the number of strands (ply) of the yarn
so 8/2 is fairly common thickish yarn two-ply. (Think dishtowels)

handwoven has many hints for beginners (look through the free projects and learn to weave and children's things and yarn guides...)

the above is also a fun place for info, but it is much newer so there is less of a back-log to go through.

I don't think you will hurt the heddle with overly thick yarn (I've got a harp also.) But, you will frustrate yourself if it is hard to pull the yarn though easily and if the yarn starts to fray.

Try webs yarn store online to get a look at weaving yarns. (yarn.com)
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2008 05:23:49 AM »

Thanks for the reply. I am definitely checking out those links. Much appreciated!!

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