One of the students brought in an Ashford rigid heddle loom that she got for her birthday. Although I had never used this type of loom, we got it figured out (pretty much) and she was able to make a good start on her first weaving. The Ashford loom is bulkier than the Beka looms that I bring for students to use. It has an interesting direct warping system, with the loom at one end of a long table, and a peg at the other end - no need for a warp cross. The warp gets measured right onto the loom. I really liked how easy it was to advance the warp and to keep the warp tension even.
Here's a peek at some of the gorgeous weaving from the workshop::