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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Weaving the right way

.... thou shall not covet.  But can I drool?  I know that this loom is very old and probably does not work as well.  The modern day version of this loom goes for between $8,000 and $16,000 and to no surprise has computerized mechanisms.  
Full size loom with peddles
This size loom is common for making woven rugs.  I suppose it could also be used for making fabric.  The very first loom that I saw had a whole row of peddles under it.  By pressing and releasing various peddles the pattern from the front side changes.  I would love to try it.

Full size loom
The museum had this set up nicely.  The textile pieces together and some samples of the finished product.  I wanted to sit on the stool and have someone show me how to operate this loom.  It took all of my power to go onto the next part of the museum.

Spinning wheel by full size loom
This smaller loom is a slightly less portable version of my own loom.  It is about 5 inches wider.  The other major difference is that with several metal webs in between, this small loom can make advanced patterns in the yarn.  In the background of the picture you can see the red and green patterns made from the loom.

Table top loom
The most difficult part of working with any loom is threading it up.  It is tedious and takes a lot of patience.  I have my loom back and I am trying to get up the patience to thread mine up so that I can get several scarves made to match the mitten that I've knitted over the last month.

Table top loom with pattern ability
Ready, set, go!  It is time to start working.  

Now this looks familiar

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