Warp Tension on a Mirrix

The other day I came across a question from someone with a basic frame loom. As she wove, her warp tension was getting looser and she was having trouble weaving because of that. Warp tension, as you learn quickly when you start weaving, is very important. Not only do you want even tension, you want tight tension and you want that tension to hold the whole time you're weaving. 

This phenomenon of loosened warp can happen on any loom. As you weave, your warp will always stretch some. Some warp types, of course, are stretchier than others. Linen, for example, has notoriously little give. Wool, on the other hand, can sometimes stretch quite a bit. 

On a Mirrix Loom, when your warp begins to stretch there is an easy solution: tighten your tension. Every Mirrix has an on-loom tensioning system, so with a few turns of the two wing-nuts you can tighten your tension as much as you need any time you need. 

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4 comments

Elena Zuyok

Candy- Unless you will be leaving your piece for a very long time, there shouldn’t be a need to loosen your warp threads!

Candy Taft

Do you leave the tension tight when you are not weaving? Or loosen it a little bit?

Elena Zuyok

John- Mirrix Looms have heddles to create two sheds, not just one!

John Picton

The Mirrix loom looks very like the loom used, or once used, by women weavers in Nigeria, worked be means of a shed stick and a single-heddle i.e. only one set of warps leashed. You can see pictures of it in Picton & Mack 1989 (the 2nd edition, which is better than the 1st). In many areas where it once was the standard loom used by women, it has been replaced by the double-heddle loom, i.e. the horizontal loom with both sets of warps leashed, because one can weave more quickly on it – a matter of some importance when the purpose of weaving is to provide women with an income based upon everyday domestic cloth for the household and the market place.

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