Our "barn loom" sits right up front in the Studio here at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center. People often stop and want more information about this lovely old loom. Yes, it is OLD! The family that donated the loom to the Museum of Appalachia reported that it was hand built around 1800. The Franklin family lived near Morristown in Hamblem County here in East Tennessee. They were an early pioneering family in that region. The loom came from the attic of the log structure of the original home and donated to the Museum in 1970. It was then loaned to the "Community Craft Center" that later became the AACC.
You can see that it has a built in bench. Since it isn't adjustable, that means that not everyone can weave on the barn loom.....my feet don't reach the treadles, for example! And, it can be a challenge to get into position to weave, and dismount from the loom.
For these reasons, Carl is handing over the barn loom to Pat, who will be weaving more rag rugs. Carl is going to weave placemats (Carol keeps saying we need more!) on this Harrisville. Yes, it's missing a treadle, but we only need the plain weave ones!!!!
It's about time this loom went back to work!
We have this roll of fabric that is just begging to become placemats!!! We'll get the warp wound and start winding it on next week.
YES....this is Peggy's celebration dance! Her placemat warp is finally done!
Cut that baby off!!!!!
That's ELEVEN placemats for the shop!
Ashley shared her banana pudding.....Sharon made cookies.....and that's my birthday cake!
Isn't it great to share.......