The yarn stand
The yarn stand

Each yarn is fed through eyelets to prevent tangling

Threading the eyelet
Threading the eyelet

Each eyelet is in line with the cone of yarn.

Winding the warp
Winding the warp

The yarns from the stand are grouped by hand and wound on to the warping frame.

Yarn grouping
Yarn grouping

Yarns are grouped when winding. This measured the width of the warp and marking the sections for the raddle.

Chaining the Warp
Chaining the Warp

The warp is chained. This keeps the yarns in order whilst transferring the warp from the frame to the loom.

The warping chain
The warping chain
The raddle
The raddle

The yarn is separated in to groups which are then placed into the raddle. This spreads the warp evenly whilst winding it on to the loom.

The shafts on the loom
The shafts on the loom
Threading
Threading

Each thread of yarn has to be threaded through its own heddle and then grouped through the reed.

Threading the heddles
Threading the heddles

Each yarn is threaded through a heddle.

Heddles
Heddles

Yarns in their heddles.

Threaded up and ready to weave
Threaded up and ready to weave
Reeding
Reeding

Each yarn gets grouped and pulled through the reed. This keeps the width of the yarp even.

Reeding
Reeding
Reeding
Reeding
Creating tension on the warp
Creating tension on the warp
The bobbin winder
The bobbin winder
The bobbin winder
The bobbin winder

The bobbin is wound ready to be placed in the shuttle.

Weaving
Weaving

Rhian weaves with a flying shuttle mechanism

Weaving
Weaving

Each piece of yarn gets beaten, this keeps the weave tight.

Weaving
Weaving

Rhian weaves on a AVL loom, that has a compu dobby and a flying shuttle.

Measuring
Measuring
Cutting the Warp
Cutting the Warp

Once a throw has been woven it is cut off the loom.

Quality Control
Quality Control

Threads are crossed when bobbins are changed

Quality control
Quality control

Darning smooths out knots from broken ends

Tenter Frame
Tenter Frame

Once a throw is washed it is tentered. This prevents the wool from shrinking and helps the throw keep shape as it dries.

Tenter frame
Tenter frame

The tenter frame is made up of many hooks which hold the fabric in place.

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