Friday, July 31, 2009

Tape Loom Project

I think I probably saw this idea somewhere, but cannot recall where.

Fold the tape in half or wherever the patterns work out the best and sew the edges together. Shape the fold end to a point. Hem the bottom and fold up under the point.
Sew the sides together; attach a button and loop and it’s done!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Yesterday we took a trip to the Home Textile Tool Museum in Orwell, PA. We had the place almost to ourselves so got to see things we hadn’t seen before.

Esther Weldon was dyeing skeins in a cauldron over a fire. Fortunately it wasn’t too hot that day. The flax in the little plot next to the barn was just starting to bloom. It looked to be about three feet high. Nearby a fellow was shoeing a horse.

I was intrigued by the elaborate chip carving on the table of a great wheel in the big barn.

In the house there were lots of spinning wheels including this rare Farnham accelerating wheel. We were told there are only three known to exist. There was also this three legged quill winder along with beautiful old Pennsylvania overshot coverlets.

Fred got a good look at the tools hanging in Bill Ralph’s old shop.

This flax break was shorter, taller and generally handier than some we have seen.