Last Saturday, I spent the morning preparing the warp as I usually do, following the traditional Cypriot procedure.
The warp is made on the wall of my workshop which overlooks the inner garden. Two pieces of wood with pegs along them, which are permanently fixed on the wall serve to place the warp threads in such a way so that they are all evenly tensioned. This aligns the threads in the order (and length) in which they will be placed on the loom. To keep track of this order, a cross is made at one end of the warp.
This process takes a few hours to complete and one should take great care in order to have an even tension and make sure that all the threads follow the same path. After all, a well made warp is the basis for a well made fabric!
At the end, the warp is being wound into a big ball!
Even though making the warp can be a bit tiring, I enjoy the process very much!