I dislike using table looms for anything but workshops, because they slow me down. Someday, this little Glimakra Victoria will get a set of treadles, but for now, I'm doing what I can to make the weaving simpler. Table looms have such a short area to actually weave, about an inch at best, that I was having to stop to release the ratchet too often. Thank goodness I took a class from Kati Reeder Meek and learned about live weight tensioning. It's such a sweet technique, especially for table looms.
I used a small cotton cord (less than 1/4" diam.) from the hardware store and some barbell weights that were not being used. The cord is wrapped three wraps around the backbeam with no overlaps. The heavy weights are hung on one end of the rope and a lighter counter weight on the other end.
So, which end gets the heavy weight? On my loom, the warp is winding off from the inside of the loom, so that end of the rope gets the heavy weights. If the loom had the warp coming off the outside of the loom, the heavy weights would go on that end of the rope.
I am quite happy with the resulting fabric, and am probably destined to add another bear to the Griswold bear family.
Next photos will probably be when I finish T10 and T11. Hopefully soon!