So I just ordered a new Glimakra Julia - small countermarch loom.
I was waffling about which type of raddle stick to get for it when the lady taking the order told me I didn't need a raddle, but to get a reed stand instead and do what she calls "rough sleying".
Having never warped a loom that way, i went and looked it up and apparently it consists of taking your warp to a big long table, laying it out, sticking the sticks through the cross, and then running the threads through the reed - with a string across it and some warp threads put through the reed below the thread and some over. I more or less get what they are doing, except the thing with the two levels on the reed - but this is not going to work for me, regardless, because not only do I not have a table like that, I don't want to have to get one. But mostly, there is just no way I am going to be able to do that on the table and then carry the whole mess over to the loom without dropping something or pulling threads out or tangling the warp threads or otherwise screwing something up. I need to do my warping ON THE LOOM.
Is there some reason why just warping onto the loom from the back the "normal" way won't work on the Julia? I know its not a very deep loom ... but surely that isn't going to preclude just doing the warp on the loom as usual? In which case - wouldn't a raddle be a good idea after all?