The yarn stand
The yarn stand

Each yarn is fed through eyelets to prevent tangling

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Threading the eyelet
Threading the eyelet

Each eyelet is in line with the cone of yarn.

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Winding the warp
Winding the warp

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

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Yarn grouping
Yarn grouping

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

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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.

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The warping chain
The warping chain
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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.

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

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

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Threading the heddles
Threading the heddles

Each yarn is threaded through a heddle.

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Heddles
Heddles

Yarns in their heddles.

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

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

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

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

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Weaving
Weaving

Rhian weaves with a flying shuttle mechanism

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Weaving
Weaving

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

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Weaving
Weaving

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

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Measuring
Measuring
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Cutting the Warp
Cutting the Warp

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

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Quality Control
Quality Control

Threads are crossed when bobbins are changed

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Quality control
Quality control

Darning smooths out knots from broken ends

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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.

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Tenter frame
Tenter frame

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

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