T. FAQ 20 – What is a coil rod and how is it used?

This is not a question that can be answered briefly!

I have written several posts since January 2013 on the coil rod and its use in both circular and single-plane warps. It is one of a few ways ways I have found to solve the problem of corrugation in warp-faced plain weave when using cotton as it ensures even tension across the warp at the weaving line. It secures the two layers of threads and stops them from sliding around the far beam as you operate the loom. It can also help maintain width and keeps the threads beyond the shed rod orderly. Another way to prevent corrugation is to turn the loom around and weave an inch or so at the far end of the warp. This first inch at the far end will most likely be corrugated. Then turn the loom around and start weaving at the near end. At the near end, the cloth should be smooth and free of corrugation. This is what my Guatemalan weaving teachers do.

I prefer to install a coil rod rather than fuss with turning the loom around. I can sit at may warp, install heddles and install the coil rod without having to move.

If you would like to read some of my old posts about the coil rod you can start reading here: The Curious Coil Rod.

If not, continue reading here and I’ll show you how to install a coil rod.

Here is Burmese weaver, Dar Ku, with a coil rod installed on her backstrap loom. It is the furthest stick to the left.

coil rod

???????????????????????????????I used a coil rod on the circular warp I created for this purple scarf project.I have been a big fan of the coil rod ever since!

Here a couple of videos I made showing how I insert and position the coil rod…






  1. I can’t believe I never saw all this!!! Looks like a great solution.

  2. Thank you for the video demonstrations!

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