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The profile challenge 2012

Some of our pages are translated to English: Anniversary exhibitions 2007:
In November we got to know one of Folke's specials: a "warping glove".
The warping glove lets us warp with max 20 ends simultaneously. It has some likeness, but also differs from, warping with a paddle. Like the paddle, you treat the ends one-by-one; like with the paddle, you have to hand-pick the cross.
This is a warping glove. Put it on your left hand (if you are right-handed), with the base of the triangle towards your fingers.
Up to 20 ends (here we used four) are threaded one-by-one through the eyes in the triangle. Then ends are collected into smaller "bunches", threaded through the eyes at the triangle base.
The hook at the bottom of the picture is to hold the ends, so as not to burn the fingers when warping fast. (We use a warping mill)
Start at the top of the warping mill, turn it as usual until you get near the lease. Pick each "bundle" forth and back around the cross:

There stops the likeness with the paddle: you do not get a one-by-one cross with the warping glove. (On the other hand you do not have to handle the "false cross" that appears when using a paddle.)
As the ends are collected into "bunches" you get the advantage of warping with many ends, but also get an "ordinary" cross with a reasonable number (in our demo two) ends per "bunch".
The correct term in English for these bunches has been discussed on a couple of internet lists. Perhaps "portee" is the best (in this terminology an end-by-end cross would be called a porrey cross). Other terms have been suggested, such as bout and gang.

Folke recommends a tensioner to get control over the threads. You need one tensioner per end.
The end can be threaded through all or some of the eyes, depending on the tension desired.
Here we used four out of five eyes.
Someone asked if this is necessary for a hobby weaver. The answer is, of course, that everybody has to decide for him/herself - but: why do things in a manner more complicated (and slower) than necessary? There are many practices to be learned from both professional weavers and industry to make the work go faster/easier. Even if you are not "in a hurry", there is no need to do things harder than necessary?
Another of Folke's specials is the "warping valet" - a thing to help one beam a warp single-handed. The principle is described here (in Swedish, but with a drawing).
More of "Folke's specials" can be seen at (and ordered from) Tallbacka väv's homepage.