I am currently working on my warping board, winding the warp for a set of red and cream kitchen towels. I thought I'd show you a video of what the warping board process entails:
On this particular project, I need to wind 684 warp ends that are each 151" long. Where the video starts, I've already wound about 200.
To set the warp length, I measured 151" on a piece of waste yarn, and found a path between the pegs on my warping board to match that length. Then the winding begins. I've measured out how many of each color I need in a specific order, so that my warping on the loom is simplified.
So as you can see, it's a long and time consuming process to wind the warp. Frequently, my shoulders get tired from the back and forth motion that's needed. I usually like to divide it up over a few days so it's not so bad. Additionally, I TRY to use my left hand to stretch for the left pegs and then switch to my right hand for the right pegs, but I'm very right-hand dominant, and I'm still working on perfecting that. Practice makes perfect. One of these days, I'll purchase a warping wheel, where you simply turn a handle, and the yarn is measured.
But at nearly $300, I'm gonna have to collect my pennies for that!
P.S. - Don't you love my amazing math skills on the video?! Don't you dare laugh... I left that unedited just to show all you weaving beginners that you don't need to be a math whiz! THAT'S WHY WE HAVE CALCULATORS. And fingers. :)