We start with natural yarn that comes in a cone, skein or hank.
Once the yarn is washed with water, dyed and dried, it is wound on to bobbins (for warp) and pirns (for weft), by hand using a spinning wheel. The bobbins are placed in a frame and hundreds of strands of yarn from the bobbins are passed, thread by thread, through a raddle, which ensures even spacing between threads. Taut and parallel to each other, these threads are wound around a beam. The beam is then taken away to get it ready for the loom.