Thursday, May 30, 2013

Uh-Oh...The Rabbit Hole!

Hans Weber from Wikipedia
What can I say?  When I'm doing research, I fall down into the rabbit hole.  When I come up for air....hours have passed!!!!
  Neolithic textiles from around 5,000 BC have been found in Switzerland.  They were woven with flax (linen) and that seems to be the oldest found so far.  Of course, we don't know about the loom that was used to weave that cloth.

  Yes....I'm researching the use of  LOOMS. 

I love this print of an early loom....see the lease sticks???  But, it is a two harness loom with treadles.  You can't really tell where the woven cloth goes, though.

From Wikipedia:  weaver from North India

In this picture, you can see the woven cloth wound around the front beam.  And, look how the warp goes back over her head, and is tied to the peg at the front of the loom!!!

In both pictures, the weavers are bare foot!!!!  Some things never change!

  The Museum of Appalachia is holding its first Pioneer Camp for kids this summer.  They have asked me to come and demonstrate during that week, and I thought I should bone up on some weaving history.  As always, the more I read, the more I want to know. 
  Making cloth for household items and clothing was an important part of life in the Southern Appalachians, and I want to give accurate information to these kids. 
  Thank heavens, weaving is still a part of our lives....but not a necessity!
OK.........I'm headed back to the rabbit me in time for dinner!!!

Happy Weaving!


Tina J said...

I can't tell you how many times I have emerged from that rabbit hole and wondered where the hours had gone!!!!!!

Bonnie said...

Food for the brain. Always learning.

Maggie said...

That first loom is very do-it-yourself! That would be fun to try to recreate, wouldn't it?