I thought I'd show a photo journal of tying a new warp on to an old one. Many times I hear weavers say they tried and its too slow. It will be slow the first few times but like anything you get faster with practice. Another cry is how awful to pull your threads through all those heddles. Well I've done it with merino, mohair, even singles cashmere and put white paper underneath the heddles to catch any fibre fall - none. What I have noticed is the strain on the threads in the heddles when a shed is opened whilst weaving. Every time you open a shed the threads are strained even if only slightly. Today I realised how often the shuttle passes over the threads on the shuttle race. My brain couldn't work out the average number of passes but its lots, especially without an automatic advance.
This is my way of tying on a new warp, it works for me.
So before I cut off my woven cloth I put two rows of tabby of contrasting colour in the warp near the reed, that is, a cross.
Cally Booker and went looking for my dress stand and tripped over the warp reel on the way! Bingo, the extra tension of moving over the rail and under the beam (which is pretty mobile) was enough to get the warp on without squeezing myself from back to front of loom and pulling.