I’m going to weave some dishtowels. I’ve selected a pattern which is new to me but doesn’t look too difficult. The fiber is 8/2 cotton. If all goes well there will be 4 dishtowels, ideally none alike.
Step 1 is to make the warp (the vertical strands). Four dishtowels calls for 5 1/2 yards of warp and the pattern calls for 490 ends (strands). I measured this out on my warping board.
This represents about 4 hours of me standing on the porch winding a single strand of cotton from a cone, back and forth around the pegs until I had the needed 490 ends. The dangling strings are the ties which will keep the strands in order when I take them off the board.
To keep this manageable, they get formed into a warp chain:
Next up: putting the warp on the loom
[But not today because it is hot and sticky and even cotton isn’t much fun when it is hot.]