During the third class, we learned how to make a warp on a warping board (picture above). The warp is the yarn that is loaded onto the loom before weaving can begin. The basic method is to wind the yarn around a series of pegs to achieve the desired length. During the warping process, you are also creating “the shed,” which is the opening you weave your yarn through once the warp is on the loom (pictured left). When you first witness warping, it makes no sense at all. Even the most 3-D minded people struggle to see the end result. Thankfully, Lauren talked us through it step by step (patiently, I might add). Apparently in some cultures, a warping lesson includes no words, only actions. Students learn by observing, not listening. (I’m really glad that Lauren didn’t do that.) If you ever get the chance to learn to make a warp, just take a deep breath and flow with it – it’s worth the eureka moment at the end.