I spent about an hour at Linda's, watching how she warps from the back of her loom using "angel wings" which are really like another set of hands. She first slipped the end of the warp through a supplementary rod and lashed to the apron rod and then slipped the cross through the lease sticks which are securely held in place by the angel wings.
She didn't have any space at the back of her small loom for her raddle so secured it to the beater bar. Using the crochet chain known as a "counting thread" that separates the warp into one inch sections, she slipped each section between the nails, then removed the counting thread. A Schacht loom raddle comes with a cap which she subsequently placed on top.
The raddle is a bit too far from the back to spread the yarn out so she spaced the threads by hand.
She reached this point in no time flat, and that included walking around and talking.
Cindie Kitchens sent me this picture she took while recently warping her loom. For one thing my loom is big and looks much more like this one, including the wooden raddle. I also watched a Webs video and took away some ideas from it. I think this is where my raddle needs to be.
Yesterday I decided to try it again. I'm also moving the cross one peg to the right though as you can see by the ambient thread, old habits are hard to break. I bought this ball of thick-and-thin at the guild weft-over sale for $2 so am not too worried about the investment
I'm looking at these three for weft. It's 8/2 Tencel and I have no idea what the warp is, though it's very soft, fluffy and light. I used most of the ball and have a 12" wide scarf in the reed It's for me to wear around the house this winter.
Thursday will be the end of of two sessions-a-week of physical therapy and acupuncture. I'm doing a lot of muscle building exercises and wearing scarves all the time like my therapist recommends. This is my sixth week and I try not to be sad that I didn't have this caliber of treatment right after my accident. I'm getting the help I need now and notice it most when I'm backing out of a parking space - because I can!