Hand Looms Supplements

The Hand Looms Supplements use the same format as the quarterly newsletter. These annual publications focus on hand looms, both antique and modern. Such noted authorities on looms as Janet Meany, the editor of The Weavers Friend, and the late Bill Ralph are among the contributors. Click here for Order Form.

Click HERE for a printable PDF of the Index to Supplements #1 to #15.

Supplement #19 - April 2016

A Fly-Shuttle Rocker-Beater Loom

Phyllis Dean has been studying rocker-beater looms for almost 20 years. She was surprised to discover one that had a fly-shuttle mechanism built into the loom structure. She describes the unusual features of this loom and the challenges involved in restoring it.

Fly-Shuttle Rocker-Beater Loom front view
Fly-Shuttle Rocker-Beater Loom front view

Close-up of trigger sticks
Close-up of trigger sticks

Side view
Side view

Frank Ogden, Master Weaver

Phyllis also tells us about the loom's owner, Frank Kelsey Ogden [1868-1948], who had a weaving business in Draper, PA.

1899 Tioga County [PA] directory listing
1899 Tioga County [PA] directory listing

A Weaving Apprenticeship

As part of a program sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Craig Evans and Diane Howes did a traditional craft apprenticeship at the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton, NH. They set up their early 19th-century looms at the museum and wove traditional fabrics with natural-dyed yarns. In the course of the year, they overcame a variety of problems with the looms.

Diane's loom
Diane's loom

Heddles and indigo-dyed warp
Heddles and indigo-dyed warp

Linsey-woolsey stripe 2/1 twill
Linsey-woolsey stripe 2/1 twill

An 18th Century Weaver's House

Diane Howes has been weaving on an old loom at the James House in Hampton, NH. Originally built by a weaver named Benjamin James in 1723, it was the home of his son and grandson who were also weavers. She tells about the house, the loom, and her adventures weaving there.

Loom at James House
Loom at James House

Loom warped
Loom warped

The Nadeau Hand-Skill Loom

Sally Orgren was surprised to learn about the Nadeau Hand-Skill Loom, an all-aluminum tabletop loom designed by Elphege Nadeau in Woonsocket, RI, that was popular in the 1950s. With help from Janet Meany, she researched the history of these looms. When she acquired one, she figured out how it worked and whether it lived up to its advertisements.

Nadeau Hand-Skill loom, Model 15-N, 4 shaft
Nadeau Hand-Skill loom, Model 15-N, 4 shaft

The wheel and dobby attached to the top of the castle
The wheel and dobby attached to the top of the castle

Close-up of dobby and pins
Close-up of dobby and pins

Guildcraft Silent Speed Loom

At a recent guild sale, Susie Henzie acquired an unusual loom marked "Guildcraft Silent Speed Loom" from Canada. Janet Meany had an instruction manual for this loom in her Loom Manual Library. The booklet gave instructions on how to work the "Magic Shedder" device, which is the outstanding feature of this loom. Susie was able to warp it and weave on it.

Mark on Silent Speed Loom
Mark on Silent Speed Loom

Loom warped
Loom warped

Weaving on loom
Weaving on loom

Guildcraft-Thackeray Looms Brochure

Doug Elliott found an advertising brochure containing the full line of Guildcraft-Thackeray looms from The Guild of All Arts, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, from around 1938. He describes the different looms and how they could be used.

Cover of brochure
Cover of brochure

Silent speed looms from brochure
Silent speed looms from brochure

Pictures from Supplement #18 - April 2015

Weaver's Barn
Weavers' Barn

Burnham large loom with fly-shuttle
Burnham large loom with fly-shuttle

Label on Burnham loom
Label on Burnham loom

Small Burnham loom
Small Burnham loom

Walling loom
Walling loom

Label on Walling Cam-action loom
Label on Walling "Cam-action" loom

Binder large loom
Binder large loom

Binder table loom
Binder table loom

Klentz loom
Klentz loom

Label on Klentz loom
Label on Klentz loom

Beaming the warp
Beaming the warp

Threading the heddles
Threading the heddles

Marks on old reeds
Marks on old reeds

Bench built by Dan Lacroix
Bench built by Dan Lacroix

Bernat Loom 131-B
Bernat Loom 131-B

Label on Bernat loom
Label on Bernat loom

From catalog folding feature
From catalog "folding feature"

Diagram No. 1  Loom Open
Diagram No. 1 Loom Open

Table loom #214
Table loom #214

Table loom #220 on stand with treadles
Table loom #220 on stand with treadles

Pictures from Supplement #17 - April 2014

Margaret Bergman at Penland School 1939 Courtesy of Trebon Collection
Margaret Bergman at Penland School 1939
Courtesy of Trebon Collection

Arthur Bergman c. 1955
Arthur Bergman c. 1955

Bergman patent - top of page 1
Bergman patent - top of page 1

Gwenn's Bergman loom
Gwenn's Bergman loom

Side view of Sharon's Bergman loom
Side view of Sharon's Bergman loom

Treadles up, front folded
Treadles up, front folded

Overview
Overview

Gallinger loom
Gallinger loom

Walling loom
Walling loom

Bailey loom
Bailey loom

Ready to assemble after cleaning
Ready to assemble after cleaning

Brake with cord over pulley
Brake with cord over pulley

Heddle construction
Heddle construction

Khmer loom diagram<br />
Courtesy of Fukuoko Art Museum
Khmer loom diagram Courtesy of Fukuoko Art Museum

Traditional reel for silk
Traditional reel for silk

Winding bobbins for shuttles
Winding bobbins for shuttles

Shuttles - traditional on top, contemporary on bottom
Shuttles - traditional on top, contemporary on bottom

Loom from weaver's bench, note treadles are parallel to the weaver's bench
Loom from weaver's bench, note treadles are parallel to the weaver's bench

Pictures from Supplement #16 - June 2013

Pilling hand loom
Pilling hand loom

Pilling dandy loom
Pilling dandy loom

Old hand loom at Helmshore Textile Museum, Lancashire
Old hand loom at Helmshore Textile Museum, Lancashire

Dandy loom with dobby head
Dandy loom with dobby head

Dandy looms made with rigid metal frames
Dandy looms made with rigid metal frames

Band-loom beater knives and shuttle bobbins
Band-loom beater knives and shuttle bobbins

Band loom
Band loom

Beater knife in use
Beater knife in use

Room with looms, the one in front is the oldest and largest
Room with looms, the one in front is the oldest and largest

Two more looms in another room
Two more looms in another room

Weaving fabric for a national costume
Weaving fabric for a national costume

Four-post loom at Whittier Homestead
Four-post loom at Whittier Homestead

New harness bars and some new heddles
New harness bars and some new heddles

First warp passing through slot in breast beam
First warp passing through slot in breast beam

Three-shaft loom from Swedish immigrant family
Three-shaft loom from Swedish immigrant family

Loom from a Norwegian-American family in southern Minnesota
Loom from a Norwegian-American family in southern Minnesota

Green-painted Norwegian-style loom
Green-painted Norwegian-style loom

Pictures from Supplement #15 - April 2012

Deen looms at the Shelby County Historical Society in Harlan, IA
Deen looms at the Shelby County Historical Society in Harlan, IA

Two styles of shuttle stuffers
Two styles of shuttle stuffers

New Reliance
New Reliance

Advance Automatic Fly Shuttle
Advance Automatic Fly Shuttle

All Weave
All Weave

Deen loom to be repaired
Deen loom to be repaired

Mechanism from Deen All Weave loom
Mechanism from Deen All Weave loom

Golden Ball Tavern loom
Golden Ball Tavern loom

Benjamin Caryl House loom
Benjamin Caryl House loom

Pam's loom built by Ed Davis

Painted loom from Korosfo
Painted loom from Korosfo

Loom from the Paloc area
Loom from the Paloc area

Pictures from Supplement #14 - May 2011

Loom #1 from the rear
Loom #1 from the rear

Sketch of Loom #1
Sketch of Loom #1

Loom #2
Loom #2

Sketch of Loom #2
Sketch of Loom #2

Little Dandy
Little Dandy

Superior
Superior

Thomas the tailor's loom
Thomas the tailor's loom

Herald Marquardsen loom
Herald Marquardsen loom

Tape loom on a frame
Tape loom on a frame

Pictures from Supplement #13 - May 2010

The Huffmans' loom side view
The Huffmans' loom side view

The Huffmans' loom front view
The Huffmans' loom front view

Branson Loom
Branson Loom
Courtesy of American Textile History Museum

Mendenhall's Patent #22,533, Jan 4, 1859
Mendenhall's Patent #22,533, Jan 4, 1859

Barbara IV loom
Barbara IV loom

Dorset loom
Dorset loom

Instruction sheet Courtesy of Osborne Library American Textile History Museum

Still Available

Supplement #15
April 2012

A Deen Loom Odyssey

Deen Loom Company History and Loom Models

The Springer Loom Collection

Restoring Two Early Looms in Massachusetts

Looms of the Settlement Schools

Hungarian Hand Looms

Supplement #14
May 2011

Restoring Two Looms in Greene County, Ohio

Two Reed Looms

The Mystery of Thomas the Tailor's Loom

Restoring a Marquardsen Loom

A Tape Loom on a Frame

Supplement #13
May 2010

Restoring a Mendenhall Loom
by Diane Fagan Affleck

Stephen C. Mendenhall and His Self-Acting Looms
by Victor and Patricia Hilts

The Branson Family of Ohio
by Richard Candee

Dorset Looms
by Ruth Anderson

Weaving on a Barbara IV Loom
by Joanne Mills

Gendered Textile Terminology
by Nahum Ben Yehuda

Supplement #12
June 2009

In Search of Old Looms
by Janet Meany

Resources for Studying Looms
by Janet Meany

An English-Style Barn-Frame Loom
by Janet Meany

A German Loom in British Columbia
by Els van Dam

A Harness and Heddle Maker
by Susie Henzie

Lamms and Levers
by Bill Koepp

In Memoriam: Gene Elizabeth Valk
by Marjie Thompson

Book Review by Florence Feldman-Wood

Supplement #11
June 2008

A Plush Loom from Banbury, England
by Alan Raistrick

A Loom From Nova Scotia
by Alicia Watson

Looms of the Depression
by Susie Henzie

A Norwegian-Style Tape Loom
by Grace Hatton

Inquiry: Is It a Loom?

The Loom for the California Rug
by Vicki Fraser

A Loom Museum
by Linda Bertanzetti

Two Reviews

Supplement #10
June 2007

A Scale Drawing for a Late 18th-Century Pennsylvania Loom
by Marjie Thompson

Rediscovering Roger Lawrence's Looms
by Sue Jones

Three-Shaft Weaving
by Janet Meany

A Reconstruction of John Murphy's "Diaper" Harness
by Patricia Hilts

Supplement #9
April 2006

A Simple Box of Weaving Equipment
by Sandra Rux

Joseph Lauser's Loom Head
by Marjie Thompson

Large Rigid-Heddle Rug Looms

The "Bardo" Rug Loom
by Elaine Hunchuck DeFrank

The "Bumper" Loom
by Kay Carnahan

Three-Treadle Weaving Indicators
by Cindy Ruisink

Looms of the Chimayo Weavers
by Florence Feldman-Wood

Inquiry: A "Heddle Board"

Supplement #7
June 2004

A 300-Year-Old Blanket Broadloom
by Alan Raistrick

Loom From Weaver Rose
by Norma Smayda

The Eureka Loom
by Richard Dippold

A Modest Lady's Inkle Loom
by Florence Feldman-Wood

Supplement #6
June 2003

The Rocker-Beater Loom
by Phyllis Dean

A Shaker Loom in Question
by Marjie Thompson

A Ukranian Loom in British Columbia
by Lyn Ivens

A Loom from Telemark, Norway
by Janet Meany

Teaching Weaving in India
by Nancy Greenleaf

Index to Supplements #1 to #5
prepared by Pat and David Bownas

Out Of Print [Available as a photocopy for $5 each]
Supplement #1
June 1998

Supplement #2
April 1999

Supplement #3
May 2000

Supplement #4
April 2001

Supplement #5
April 2002

Supplement #8
April 2005

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