To string the warp,

  1. You first need a ball of plarn about 12" (30 cm) in diameter, or approximately the size of a basket ball.
  2. Start at one corner of the loom, looping the first loop of the plarn around the corner eye bolt, 
  3. String the plarn to the other end of the loom and loop in around the other eye bolt, going from the inside around to the outside.
  4. Return to the first end and loop the plarn around the eyebolt, this time from the outside to the inside.
  5. Return to the other end and wrap it around the first peg.
  6. Continue to loop the plarn from end to end around each consecutive peg.
  7. When you wrap around the last peg, continue to the other end of the loom and loop the plarn around the eye bolt,
  8. Then return and wrap around the other eye bolt, then tie the end off to the closest knot.
  9. The tail left at this end of the warp will later be woven in with the weft so it will not unravel.
  10. The plarn should be taut, but not stretched too tight.
  11. If your ball is not long enough, just add enough more plarn pieces as you go to finish the loom.

The warp has been strung and the weft started.

Warp is completed ready for the weft.

Diagram of how to sting the warp on a loom. If you use this method, it is possible to have a person start on each end and meet in the middle without challenges.

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Step 2 - Stringing the Warp

Close up of warp on the pegs.

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