Your Flip Loom includes 3 apron bars to provide more weaving options. You’ll always need an apron bar for the cloth beam and the warp beam. Use the 3rd apron bar as a heddle rod when you want to use two pick-up sticks that can’t be left in at the same time. The video below shows how to set up a heddle rod.
The 3rd apron bar can also limit loom waste if you want to cut off a project in mid-warp—for instance, you’re weaving towels and want to cut off each one as you finish it. Here’s how to do it:
- Finish the weaving.
- Weave several picks (about an inch) with scrap yarn and hemstitch. You’ll cut just in front of this in Step 5.
- Weave in the dowel: open the next shed and place the dowel into it, as close to the fell line as possible. Use the rigid heddle to beat into place if you wish.
- Weave about an inch with scrap yarn.
- Cut off the weaving just before the hemstitching (the picks woven in step 2).
- Lash on the dowel to the front apron bar.