Warping Tools

Regardless of how you warp your loom, Camilla Valley Farm Weavers' Supply carries a broad range of quality warping tools and accessories from Leclerc to make your job easier. If you aren't sure what you need, our Weaving Tools Checklist provides a simplified explanation of the Warping and Weaving process and what tools are required.

The most common method of warping a loom is to construct a warp using a Warping Board or Warping Mill and then wind it all on the loom Warp Beam. Leclerc makes these as well as Raddles, Reed and Heddle Hooks, Warping Paddles, Warp Cross Locks and more.

Sectional Warping is an alternative warping method that allows the weaver to wind the warp on the Warp Beam directly from yarn Spools, 1 or 2 inches of weaving width at a time. A set of guides on the Warp Beam constrain the yarn being wound into these 1 or 2 inch sections and a Tension Box and Counter are used to ensure the yarn length and tension is consistent between each of the sections, as it would be if the whole warp was wound on at the same time as in conventional warping.

Leclerc floor looms have an octagonal Warp Beam that can be used for conventional warping with an Apron and Warp Rods or can be converted to Sectional Warping by attaching a set of 4 Sectional Beam Rakes that divide the beam up into these 1 or 2 inch sections. A Tension Box that maintains the tension on all the warp threads in the section is attached to the loom Back Beam above and a Spool Rack sitting behind the loom is used to hold the yarn tubes and/or spools that feed the warp through the Tension Box onto the Warp Beam. Note that the number of Tubes/Spools of yarn needed matches the number of warp threads used in each section.

Table Warping Mill/Reel

The Leclerc Table Warping Mill is one of the fastest ways of producing chained warps with a variation of threads and colours. The cross bars that hold the pegs may be adjusted up or down depending on the warp length. The Table Warping Mill spins effortlessly on a wooden slip ring allowing the weaver to quickly wind long warps. When the Table Warping Mill is not in use, one side of each of the cross bars can be detached so that the mill folds to occupy a very limited space or the bars can be removed so the Mill can be dismantled to pack it for storage.

An adjustible nylon tension screw allows the weaver to add drag to slow the Warping Mill down when it is being spun to wind or remove the warp. When removing the warp the Table Warping Mill can also be locked in position by tightening the tension screw so that it locks the mill from rotating (note that the metal locking pin pictured is no longer included or required).

The Table Warping Mill holds approximetly 2 yards (1.8 metres) per rotation and can be used to construct warps up to 22 yards long. It is 38 inches (96 cm) tall and about 26 & 1/4 inches (67 cm) in diameter. (Note: Click on the pictures to see larger versions.)

Part Number Description Price
6340-2000 Table Warping Mill $468.00 CDN
$430.00 US

Table Warping Mill Replacement Parts like Pegs, Crossbars and Spacers are also available.

Floor Warping Mill/Reel

Designed for the production of long warps, the Floor Warping Mill makes it easy to produce chained warps up to 50 yards. Like the smaller Table Warping Mill the horizontal bars with the pegs can be adjusted up or down depending on the warp length. When the mills are not in use, the cross sections and pegs can be removed or partially detached so that the mill folds flat to occupy a very limited space against the wall.

The Floor Model is 4 yards (3.7 metres) per rotation and can warp up to 50 yards. It is 68 inches (173 cm) tall and has a width of 59 inches (150 cm). (Note: Click on the pictures to see larger versions.)

Part Number Description Price
6340-4000 Floor Warping Mill $1073.00 CDN
$987.00 US

Warping Boards

These warping boards are sturdily constructed out of Maple hardwood and are easily knocked down for storage. They can be used flat on a table or hung on a wall. The pegs are strong and are well recessed in the frame to prevent bending but can be easily removed to remove a tightly wound warp. (Note: Click on the picture to see a larger version.)

Replacement Wooden Pegs for Leclerc Warping Boards are also available for most Warping Boards except for the very early ones with narrow pegs.

Part Number Description Dimensions Maximum
Warp Length
Height Width
6345-0000 Small Warping Board 22 inches
(56 cm)
20 inches
(51 cm)
6.5 yards
(6 metres)
$171.00 CDN
$157.00 US
6345-1000 Medium Warping Board 22 inches
(56 cm)
40 inches
(102 cm)
13 yards
(12 metres)
$198.00 CDN
$182.00 US
6345-5000 Large Warping Board 22 inches
(56 cm)
64 inches
(163 cm)
21 yards
(19 metres)
$281.00 CDN
$258.00 US

Note: As well as being a very flexible Inkle loom, the Leclerc Cendrel Loom can also be used as a tabletop warping board and is an alternative for those weavers looking for a multi-functional piece of weaving equipment.

Warping Pegs

These provide 2 pegs and a clamp for the side of the table and are used to make warps using the table width. A pair of Warping Pegs are provided. (Note: Click on the picture to see a larger version.)

Part Number Description Price
6346-1319 Pair of Warping Pegs $35.00 CDN
$32.00 US

Sectional Warp Beam

To reduce the time involved in creating a warp and the threading it on, sectional warp beams allow direct warping onto the loom from spools or small bobbins. It is especially appreciated by the weaver who has no helper because it can be beamed easily by one person without help.

The Leclerc system consists of 4 rake-like pieces that are attached to the plain beam on the loom or to the double warp beam (see picture below). It allows beaming 1" (25 mm) or 2" (50 mm) wide at a time and requires a number of spools according to the sett of warp ends. The metal Warp Rod shown in the picture that is used to tie the warp threads to, is not included with the rakes as a warp rod included with the loom is used and threaded through the set of Screw Eyes mounted on one of rakes.

Note that additional metal Sectional Beam Brackets can be purchased to convert all or part of a rake from 2 inch to 1 inch spacing.

Loom Model Length/Turn
Dorothy 5 inches (12.5 cm)
Compact 15 inches (38 cm)
Artisat & Inca 16 inches (40 cm)
Fanny, Mira, Nilus, Nilus II, Colonial I, Kebec, Nilart 19 inches (48 cm)

Loom Width 1" (25mm) Sections 2" (50mm) Sections
Part Number Price Part Number Price
22 inches 6443-2000 $286.00 CDN
$263.00 US
- -
24 inches 6443-3000 $314.00 CDN
$288.00 US
- -
27 inches 6441-3000 $314.00 CDN
$288.00 US
- -
32 inches 6443-4000 $314.00 CDN
$288.00 US
- -
36 inches 6441-4000 $314.00 CDN
$288.00 US
6442-4000 $265.00 CDN
$244.00 US
45 inches 6441-5000 $384.00 CDN
$349.00 US
6442-5000 $294.00 CDN
$270.00 US
60 inches 6441-6000 $484.00 CDN
$445.00 US
6442-6000 $386.00 CDN
$355.00 US
72 inches 6441-6720 $589.00 CDN
$541.00 US
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100 inches 6441-7000 $699.00 CDN
$643.00 US
6442-7000 $552.00 CDN
$507.00 US
120 inches 6441-8000 $957.00 CDN
$840.00 US
6442-8000 $761.00 CDN
$700.00 US

On the 15 3/4" and 24" Dorothy or Voyageur table looms, the cramps are fixed directly on the warp beam requiring the purchase of a special sectional beam as shown below. The beam also includes a temporary breast beam for these table looms that allows the Tension Box to be attached.

Tension Box on Voyageur 24 inch loom
Part Number Loom Width Version Price
88800-0057 15 3/4 Inch Sectional Beam
with Breast Beam
$413.00 CDN
$380.00 US
88800-0058 24 Inch Sectional Beam
with Breast Beam (23")
$413.00 CDN
$380.00 US

Note: Screws to attach the Sectional Rakes to the Warp Beam and Metal Sectional Beam Brackets are available individually to repair broken brackets or convert a rake beam with 2 inch spacing to 1 inch spacing.

Sectional Warp Beam Extension Kit

This kit provides the components needed to add warp capacity to standard Leclerc Sectional Warp Beam to one that provides 1 Yard (48 cm) per turn. The components in the kit raises the 4 Sectional Warp rakes off the warp beam to create a Sectional Beam with a larger larger diameter to increase its capacity. This Extension kit can be used on the larger Leclerc floor looms but not the smaller Artisat or Compact models.

Each kit contains a set of Maple hardwood dowel extenders that are inserted between the warp beam and the sectional rakes. On some of the wider looms, wooden blocks are also provided to support the sectional rakes between the dowels.

Part Number Loom Width Pieces in Kit Price
6161-2000 27-36 inches
(70-90 cm)
12 Extenders $61.00 CDN
$56.00 US
6161-6000 45 inches
(115 cm)
16 Extenders + 12 Blocks $132.00 CDN
$121.00 US
6161-7000 60 inches
(150 cm)
16 Extenders + 12 Blocks $132.00 CDN
$121.00 US
6161-7200 72 inches
(150 cm)
16 Extenders + 20 Blocks $160.00 CDN
$147.00 US
6162-4000 100 inches
(250 cm)
24 Extenders + 40 Blocks $193.00 CDN
$177.00 US
6162-5000 120 inches
(300 cm)
32 Extenders + 56 Blocks $215.00 CDN
$197.00 US

Tension Box

Used with the Sectional Warp Beam, this Tension Box can be used on any LeClerc Floor Loom to ensure that the length of the warp threads on all sections are the same length. It provides a uniform adjustable tension on all warp ends as they are wound from the spool rack to the loom. Two open combs allow easy threading and spread out threads so they evenly fill the section. A wire guard locks in place over each comb to keep the threads from coming out. The Tension Box comes with a pair of 12 threads/inch (4.8/cm) combs but other sets may also be ordered as shown below.

The Tension Box has been recently updated with 4 rollers for better tension control and a unique locking mechanism to allow it to be quickly attached to and removed from the loom's warp beam. A knob at one end can be turned to open and close the padded "jaws" on the bottom that clamp to the warp beam. This adjustment is for an opening of 1 1/2 to 3 1/4 inches.

The flexible Tension Box design allows it to be clamped to the breast beam of almost any Leclerc floor loom. For the Leclerc Compact loom, a special bracket must be purchased separately to position the Tension Box at the correct angle. For the 24 inch Voyageur and Dorothy table looms, a special temporary breast beam is included with the sectional beam for mounting the Tension Box. New Kebec II looms are shipped with a special adaptor to fit the round breast beams which can also be purchased separately.

Part Number Description Price
6160-1000 Tension Box $204.00 CDN
$187.00 US

The Tension Box can also be used with the Warp Counter below when winding bobbins to hold the threads and to measure the length wound on in yards or meters. A Tension Box Extender can also be used to more accurately control the positioning of the warp threads by positioning another comb closer to the sectional beam.

Warp Counter

Mounted on the Tension Box (shown above), this Counter measures the length of the warp to ensure that all sections are the same length. The wood bracket attaches to the Tension Box with two screws (included) and the actual counter mechanism can be easily removed from the Tension Box and/or adjusted by simply loosening the wing nut shown.

The same counter is used on the Double Ended Bobbin Winder with Tension Device and an extra bracket can be ordered separately to allow the counter to be quickly moved between the two.

Part Number Description Price
6160-6000 Standard Counter (measures in Yards)
with Mounting Bracket
$134.00 CDN
$123.00 US
6160-8000 Metric Counter (measures in Metres)
with Mounting Bracket
$134.00 CDN
$123.00 US
88800-0076 Counter Mounting Bracket $23.00 CDN
$21.00 US

To use this, one of the warp threads is looped around the counter wheel and the weaver can simply wind on the warp until the counter shows the desired warp length. For the next section the counter is reset to zero and the process is repeated.

Note that this counter has a mounting bracket designed to be attached to the newer tension box design that has a gap between the last peg and comb where the yarn exits to go down the the warp beam. Tension Boxes made prior to 1969 have a different design and an alternative way of mounting the counter must be determined.

Tension Box Extension

This extension, with one comb close to your warp, gives you better control on the width of the yarn section (1" or 2") so the guides are not needed. Height of Comb is adjustable. Good for sectional warp beam with or without extension. (Note: Click on the picture to see a larger version.)

Extra combs of different dents can also be ordered and are shown below.

Part Number Description Price
1042-0000 Tension Box Extension $84.00 CDN
$77.00 US


These are useful for long warps and are placed in each section every 5 to 10 yards (meters) to prevent uneven build-up of threads and to keep uniform tension in the warp. They all have to be placed in the same turn. (Note: Click on the picture to see a larger version.)

Part Number Description Price (per 100)
6165-1000 1 inch (25 mm) dividers $26.00 CDN
$24.00 US
6165-2000 2 inch (50 mm) dividers $35.00 CDN
$32.00 US

Sectional Warp Beam Guides

A Set of 8 extenders that fit on the steel divisions for each section of the sectional warp beam. They prevent the warp ends from going into other sections or from staying on top of the divisions. When the section is filled, these are simply transfered to the next section.

Part Number Description Price
6166-1000 Warp Beam Guides (set of 8) $20.00 CDN
$18.00 US

Tension Box Comb

Two of these combs are mounted in the tension box to keep the yarn separate coming in from the bobbins and going out to the loom. These are made of stainless steel for durability and rust prevention. Combs are available in 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 20 and 25 dents/inch sizes. Please indicate the size in your order.

Note that these newer combs are made from the current reed design that has an oval instead of a round base so they don't fit the curved indent of the older tension boxes but can still be clamped in place and used as shown here.

Also note that Tension Boxes made prior to 1969 have a different design and can not use these type of combs. It may be possible to get custom made combs for these tension boxes. Contact us for more information.

The price below is for a single comb and two are needed in most Leclerc Tension boxes or 3 if the Tension Box Extension is being used.

Part Number Description Price (per comb)
88800-0910 4 Dent Tension Box Comb $9.00 CDN
$8.00 US
88800-0911 5 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0912 6 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0913 8 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0914 10 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0915 11 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0916 12 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0917 14 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0918 15 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0919 16 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0920 18 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0921 20 Dent Tension Box Comb
88800-0922 25 Dent Tension Box Comb

Compact Tension Box Adaptor

Because the breast beams for the Compact loom are on an angle when the loom is opened for weaving, a special bracket is required to hold the Tension Box at the correct angle.

This two-piece block fits over the breast beam and provides a block to clamp the Tension Box in a horizontal position. The Tension Box clamp squeezes the block holding it in place and by loosening the clamp, the block can expand to allow the weaver to position the Tension Box over the next section.

88800-0077 Tension Box Adaptor
for Compact Loom
$132.00 CDN
$121.00 US

Warping Paddle

The Leclerc Warping Paddle is used for warping with more than 4 ends (up to twenty threads) at once onto your warping board or warping mill (reel). The cross is made easily by sliding the yarn up and down in the slot.

The paddle base is made out of Maple hardwood and the handle is designed to fit the weaver's hand for greater comfort unlike other paddles whose handles are just made from squared wood. In addition, the Leclerc's larger slots and eyes (6 per inch) can handle thick and textured yarns. The overall dimensions of the warping paddle are 4 inches wide and 8 inches tall with the upper section constructed of styrene (nylon) for durability and to provide a low friction surface for the yarn to make contact. (Note: Click on the picture to see a larger version.)

Part Number Description Price
6148-1000 Warping Paddle $30.00 CDN
$27.00 US

Some good books that explain how to use a warping paddle are Winding a Warp and Using a Paddle - Peggy Osterkamp's New Guide to Weaving and Leslie Voiers' Winding Multi-Colored Warps with a Warping Paddle.

Threading Helpers (Angel Wings)

These multi-functional "helpers" are like a second hand for a weaver! Used as a shaft stabilizer and a support for the lease sticks and raddle, these threading helpers hold the cross at a convenient height during the threading process. Like the Shaft Stabilizer, they can also be used to lock the shafts in place and can be used behind the loom.

These Threading Helpers are a more functional version of what some weavers refer to as "Angel Wings". They can attach to the Loom Shafts (4 harness) as well as the Breast Beams and can position Lease Sticks and/or Raddles at the front and the back of the loom. The ability to lock the shafts in a neutral position is a very handy tool when using a Counterbalance loom and the easy to remove metal locking pins are designed to fit Leclerc looms perfectly. Also, the ability to add or remove Lease Sticks by just lifting them vertically means weavers with looms in small spaces don't have to provide clearance on either side of the loom like other designs!

Made out of Maple hardwood, these can be used in a variety of configurations. These are used in pairs and two Threading Helpers are included. (Click picture below to enlarge)

Part Number Description Price
6147-4000 Threading Helpers (Set of 2) $94.00 CDN
$86.00 US

Shaft Stabilizer

This handy device is used to lock the shafts of a Leclerc loom together to keep them from moving while the loom is being threaded. They are of most use with a counterbalance design. (Click picture below to enlarge)

Made out of hardwood, a single Shaft Stabilizer is all that is normally required.

Part Number Description Price (Each)
6147-3000 Shaft Stabilizer $35.00 CDN
$32.00 US

Warp Cross Lock

These clips are used to stabilize and lock the warp cross when it is removed from the Warping Board or Warping Mill and taken to the loom. They provide weavers with peace of mind even if someone stores the warp chain.

Made out of hardwood, these Warp Cross Locks are simple to use and a pair of them are provided with one used at each end of the warp. (Click picture below to enlarge)

Part Number Description Price (Pair)
88800-0663 Warp Cross Locks (pair) $50.00 CDN
$46.00 US

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