I finally finished up the warp that was on the Saori loom. I had decided I was going to use my AVL Warping Wheel to wind the next one. The Warping Wheel is primarily used for sectional warping, but there is an optional cross maker attachment which is used to wind warps for a plain beam.
The Warping Wheel is great for winding long warps. It tends to work best for 8/2 yarns and thinner. I usually use a mix of thick and thin yarns for my Soari warps, but this time I used 8/2 bamboo. You cannot fit too many thick yarns under the clip on the Warping Wheel. This was the first time I have used the cross maker. It worked GREAT!
The photo below shows the warp going under the clip. There are 80 threads of 8/2 under the clip.
I made a makeshift paddle so I could wind on 4 threads at once.
Winding on 4 threads at once results in a 2 by 2 cross. I prefer a 1 by 1 cross, but the 2 by 2 worked fine.
The Warping Wheel raddle has 4 threads in each raddle space. Since I was not warping sectionally, this was not an issue at all.
I wound 2 bouts on the Warping Wheel. Each bout was 80 threads. Now on to the weaving. I will keep you posted!