Anyway, back to the warping. I started threading the heddles yesterday after I posted. First I took the reed out of the beater.
Then I used my sleying hook (sley rhymes with they)
This procedure means I was sitting, leaning over the front beam, reaching and pulling. I got about 2/3 of the threading done, and took a break from it until this morning. After having oatmeal and coffee, I finished the threading, and removed the raddle from the top of the loom. Then I put the reed back in the beater and started sleying it; that is pulling one thread through each space in the reed.
I loosened the wing nuts on each side of the loom, pulled out the pins, and folded the thing up to be ready when someone from the church comes to transport it.
Did you notice the long shoelaces in several of the pictures? They come in very handy. Here are a couple of ways I use them.
Another item that makes things easier is my secretary's chair. I have it all the way down while I thread the heddles, and all the way up while I sley the reed. Having the different heights makes those operations much easier on the body.