Here she is on the pink pony, finishing loading a tube. I think she thought it was a pretty neat tool.
Mary is a great student and grasped the warping concept right away. I was able to go about my business doing other weaving things while she wound her two bouts of warp.
After we had lunch, we brought the warp to the loom and got it wound on the the back. Having an assistant certainly makes the warping and winding go faster. I showed her the back to front method. We used the lease stick holding device and a 1/2" spacing raddle to spread the warp.
That was about all I was able to do in one day. I was happy everything went so smoothly. On Mary's next visit, we will tackle threading and sleying the reed and running a small sample of both plain weave and twill. I am going to try 20 ends per inch, but think it may be a little too much at least for the plain weave. After doing a little sampling, we may end up resleying the reed to spread it out a little. I'm looking forward to having someone come weave with me. My project is on the loom next to hers on the left side of the photo.
If you think this loom looks a little odd, you are right. It is only good for short warps because the front and back beams are also the cloth beams. It is not a good loom for long warps because of the thickness that builds up on the beams. It also doesn't have a brake release, so I will be showing her how live weight tensioning will solve that problem and make the loom very easy to use.
Now I am tired and it is nap time! All in all, a great day!