The textile workshop focused on teaching children from the C.A. Rosetti School the technique of warping a vertical loom and the basic weaving techniques and knots. In the workshop took part also students from the Architecture University “Ion Mincu”.
Warping the vertical loom
Warping the vertical loom involves a sequence of repetitive actions of tensioning and rolling the thread on the frame and the shed rod. The shed rod works like an axis on which the warp is wrapped in the two directions: up-down. This warp is also called tubular warp because, due to the mobility of the main rod, the entire length of the warp can be used.
The warping process involves at least 2 persons. In our case a team of 3 conducted the activity: a student from the local school ensured the holding in place of the main warp rod (parallel to the ground), the textile coordinator tensioned and rolled the thread on the main rod and a collaborator passed the thread ball over the loom frame. As a starting point we used a thread ball from which the thread was tied on the main rod. The particularity of the process is the way in which the thread is led during the warping, an activity that can be mastered only after years of practice. With a hand the weaver leads the thread to the upper frame rod where the person that helps takes it and it is led towards the inferior frame rod. From here it is taken once again by the weaver and rolled on the main warp rod and under the inferior frame rod from where it is directed towards the upper frame rod. This sequence of movements is repeated until the warp is done (has the necessary length). There are a few requirements that need to be met:
-the thread has to be tensioned;
-the rolling of the thread is determined by the number of warp threads on cm and the thickness of the thread;
After the process is completed a weft thread is introduce to order the warp threads and a base, with the same purpose is weaved.