Yesterday I was at the Museum of Appalachia when a group of third graders came through. I realize that most homes do NOT have looms in them (which I think is sad) but, to think that this could be confused with a sewing machine is really beyond me! Of course, it's all about the fiber, right?
I spent most of the day winding on the new warp and talking to visitors.
The hand weights came in very handy keeping tension on the bouts while I cranked the warp beam. The warp went on very smoothly.
One of the children asked me what the pink things were....I had to explain that they weren't old, just hand weights I picked up at Walmart. But, that gave me the opportunity to talk about keeping the warp threads under tension and all in a row. That's just like walking in a line when you're going from one place to another at school....you get where you're going in an orderly fashion.
I got to thinking later....when was the first time you saw someone weaving on a loom? I weave because I enjoy weaving...not because I have to produce cloth for my family. I hope we always have folks around to keep this art alive.
Happy Weaving! Spread the love!