Wheels, looms, and tools oh my

This weekend one of the weaving guilds I belong to had their holiday party.  I had thought I was going to be out of town and was going to miss it again this year.  Plans changed so I was able to go.  One of the ladies in the guild has a large collection of looms, wheels, tools, etc and the party was held at her home.  She has so many that they had to build a 3 story addition on to the back of their home.  I loved seeing all the items she has, and enjoyed even more hearing her talk about them. They’ve come from near and far, and some have interesting stories.  Like the box loom that has a compartment where gold was hidden. She told us how they would weave with it, then pick it out, because only royalty was allowed to have gold.  A spool rack has corn cobs for spools. Some of her items have been in movies.  One they (the movie people) felt that the loom didn’t look primitive enough so she told them they could modify the sides. She thought they would put something over the sides, instead they removed them and added rough boards.  And threw the original parts out.  So sad.

The rooms are stuffed full of stuff.  So full that it was hard to get positioned to take pictures. She’s trying to find a museum type place to take the whole collection and so far, none are willing.  They only want to take select pieces.  It’s all or nothing.  There are all sizes of wheels, from child size to the largest wheel I’ve ever saw, which might not be saying a whole lot.  But I’ve never seen one that had a pendulum on it. Until now.  Anyway, if you want to see the pictures I took, they’re in a Flickr album.   I by no means got pictures of everything.  And some things I didn’t even get to see because they were in closets.  It was just an amazing site to see.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Beth
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 06:10:04

    Wow! That is an incredible collection! What a shame that the movie people ruined her loom. 😦

    Instead of selling a loom when you buy a new one, you should just build your own addition!


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