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 #18 - April 2015

In this edition we focus on looms from the opposite coasts of North America. We discover a small museum in southern California that has amassed a large number of looms. We learn about some examples in that collection built by less well-known mid-20th-century loom makers. A weaver in Massachusetts recounts the final stages in her adventures preparing a restored barn-frame loom in an old garrison house for weaving. We find several examples of a loom built in Boston for a short time in the 1930s by a well-known yarn company.

The Weaving Barn at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

The Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA, has a Weavers' Barn that contains more than 50 looms from all periods. Run almost entirely by dedicated volunteers, members of the weavers’ guild keep the looms working. Karen Greeley and Judy Maddox describe the short but exciting history of this fascinating collection.

Weaver's Barn
Weavers' Barn

California Looms

In the museum collection are examples of handweaving looms built in the mid-20th century by California loom makers who are not well known outside California. Karen Greeley tells the characteristics and some history of the looms built by Burnham, Binder, Walling, and Klentz.

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

The Loom at the Old Chelmsford Garrison House, Part II

In Part I, in Supplement #17, Penny Lacroix told how she, with help from her husband Dan and others, cleaned and restored the structure of a loom in the Old Garrison House in Chelmsford, MA. Now she tells about designing the cloth, winding the warp, and dressing the loom. She recounts the challenges, the frustrations, and the ultimate success to be able to weave on this 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 Superior Looms

Although best known as a yarn company, for a short period in the 1930s “Emile Bernat & Sons, Jamaica Plain, Mass.” built and sold looms. I have found only four examples of these looms, three of which have interesting histories. Material from the Loom Manual Library answered some of the questions about the looms. However, finding the answers to the questions about the company has proven more difficult in spite of help from many public and private sources.

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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