Weaving a length of fabric on an antique cast iron loom does not just happen over night, or with the flick of a switch - it is a lengthy process in which the weaver must engage totally, otherwise everything is liable to 'turn to custard'!
And then you are ready to start threading each of the individual threads through the heddles on the shafts (there can be up to 2400!) This gives you the weave pattern - it might be a twill, or a herringbone or a tabby - there are hundreds of patterns to choose from. Any mistakes here are not good, because if you don't find your mistake before you start weaving it is a huge job to fix it, if you can. Otherwise it has to stay there, and that is not a good look at all.
Once everything is double checked, then each thread is threaded though the reed and the warp is ready to be lifted onto the loom.
Once you have woven to the end of the warp, the fabric is cut off the loom, then checked and darned before it is 'fulled'. Fulling the fabric is when it is washed in warm, soapy water, then put through a mangle under pressure repeatedly until it looks and feels just right - weavers call this the 'handle' of the fabric. Some yarns full up really quickly, and some don't, so it can take between six and fifty times through the mangle before the fabric has the right handle. Once the fabric is fulled, it is rinsed and spun out in the washing machine. Then it is carefully wound onto a drying drum (which sits in our lounge bay window in the sun) so it can air dry.
Then it is ready to be made up into something gorgeous.
And that is that - ready for the next warp.....