As part of the celebrations, I was asked to set up and run the department's warp-weighted loom, as a demonstration of prehistoric technology. With the help of my students in Textile Archaeology course I'm running this semester, I have been setting it up over the last month. Here are some pictures of the process.
|There are in fact uprights for two looms here. The box contains the warp weights and some spindles, which we will also be using on the day. Photo (c) Isabella von Holstein 2015.|
|Nerd details: 12 tablets, turned 10 forward then 10 back. The pattern is threaded in, and the simplest possible. The yarn is a 75/25% wool/polyamide mix. Photo (c) Angelika Woehler-Geske 2015.|
|Yes, that is an upturned table we're using the measure the warp threads. Each weight has 10 loops attached to it at this stage. Photo (c) Angelika Woehler-Geske 2015.|
|The yarn is looped around and around the top bar, every 4 warp threads. Photo (c) Angelika Woehler-Geske 2015.|
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