"How do you know how much string to put on the loom?"
"Do you do a lot of math?"
"How long does it take to make a rug?"
"Where do you get that material to weave into rugs?"
"Where do you sleep?"
Then, there's the lady who burst into tears telling me she remembers her grandmother weaving.
I had no idea that this project would turn me into a demonstrator....or that I would do so much research on this wonderful old loom. Thank heavens that information was already available: http://www.ohio.edu/people/deanr/rockerbeater/loom18.html
Ms. Phyllis Dean published her Master Thesis in 1998 on her research into rocker looms. It was sparked from her memories of her own grandmother weaving on a rocker loom. You can take a look at the thesis at:
The rocker loom at the Appalachian Arts and Craft Center was also included in her research. Ann is weaving those "black & blue" rugs right now with the black warp. I am so glad we have this piece of Appalachian history at the Center!
I have already woven one rug, and I'm almost finished with the second rug. This afternoon I need to prep some fabric for tomorrow's new rug. I may be alone for most of the day OR I may end of talking to lots of folks who are as fascinated as I am with this wonderful activity.
What a wonderful adventure!