I have the good fortune to be spending this week studying with/visiting Laura Fry, and I thought I'd share some of the things I've learned on my blog. Yesterday, one of the things we covered was how to beam on a warp quickly and easily using a warping valet (also called a trapeze). Kati Reeder Meek has written a book on this titled "How to Warp with a Trapeze and Dance with Your Loom", which has more details, but I thought some of you might be interested in what I learned - so I took photos and posted them with an explanation on my blog, http://www.travelingtiger.com/blog . (The entry itself is at http://travelingtiger.com/blog/2009/08/01/putting-on-a-warp/ .)
Laura also has a lot of explanation on her blog, with several posts devoted to the warping valet: http://laurasloom.blogspot.com/search/label/warping%20valet .
We're also spending quite a bit of time on weaving ergonomics - we've taken several videos (some of Laura demoing and some of me weaving) - I'm hoping to post those on my blog after I get home and have access to video editing software.
I'm learning gobs and gobs, and am here through Wednesday (when I fly home) - boy, do I feel lucky!!!
Trapezes are great, and if you weave on on a CB or CM loom or another loom with a 'superstructure' you can even use the loom itself as it's own trapeze. I have pictures i'll have to post.....marie