Here are some images of bow looms in action.
I love this picture of a class in Taiwan all using bow looms with heddles. They all seem to be enjoying the experience.
|A simple bow loom made from a rough branch.|
Here is another picture of a bow loom with heddles
This useful diagram shows how the bow loom works. A long warp can be used, as the extra warp is wound around the forked end of the stick. The other end has an attached tape which could be used to tie the end around the waist of the weaver.
It is not the only image however. Here is a copy of a photograph of the artist Karin Larsson with one of her daughters. She is weaving on a large bow loom which appears to be tucked under her left arm.
|Carl and Karin Larsson with one of their daughters.|
The photograph is not clear as it is from an illustration in a book.
Bow looms do not have to be used with string heddles. Here is a very simple bow loom for a tapestry woven friendship band. I bought a lovely little bow loom at Tacoma to use on a weaving open day for the Durham Guild.(see my blog for November 1st 2016 Durham Guild Open Day).
|Small bow loom in action|
My little bow loom was very popular. I have warped it with more beads for my next demonstration!.
|The complete loom|
|Close up of weaving with beads.|
The beads are threaded onto the warp thread before warping the bow loom. Half the beads are on one side and half on the other. The beads are brought down to the fell of the band when needed.
It is very quick and easy to weave and a very good introduction to weaving for beginners.
Here is a link to an introduction to bow loom weaving. Bow Loom weaving preview:
Other simple looms.
Of course, these simple looms do not have to be bow shaped. The loom can be a variety of shapes. Both these pictures come from Lithuania
|a circular branch loom with a circular warp.|
|A forked branch used as a loom|
Weaver tensioned weaving.
It is fascinating to see how resourceful weavers can be.
Look at this picture of an Estonian weaver. She is weaving a patterned band using a circular warp. The warp is tensioned by fixing one part to a hook on the wall and the other part goes around her left leg. This means that she can alter the tension on the warp very easily and both hands are free to manipulate the heddle rod and shuttle.
|An Estonian weaver in 1912|
Here are two weavers in Cusco, Peru weaving in the Centre for Traditional Textiles. I took this picture in 2007. Here the loom is weaver tensioned. The warp is attached to the fixed post and the other end of the warp is fastened around the waist of the weaver. It is a backstrap loom.
Even with this simple equipment, patterns of astonishing complexity can be woven. It was a joy to watch and a pleasure to support the weavers by buying textiles in the shop. I particularly liked the way that every textile for sale had a card with the weavers name on it. So often weavers are anonymous and yet their work should be celebrated.
|Centre for Traditional Textiles, Cusco, Peru.|
Here is a close up of the weaving.
|Close up of the intricate weaving|
An Early Inkle Loom?
Now for an update on my post about Pinterest. Click here to read my previous post about Pinterest: cataloging the World. (July 1st 2016)
Here is the picture that I was trying to identify. Is it an early illustration or a modern artists impression?
I asked members of the Braid Society and one member, Janis contacted Nancy Spies. Nancy kindly supplied the relevant links to the original illustration.
Here it is. It is from Le Livre de bonnes moeurs de Jacques Legrand which dates to the 15th century. The probable date is 1490. I have added the link address if you want to look at the other illustrations from this book.
"Le Livre de Bonnes Moeurs" 15th century, French, Chantilly (Musee Conde) OR Paris (BNF). The web site is not clear, but apparently 77 pages of the MS are at Chantilly and 4 are in Paris.
Here is a close up of the inkle loom.
|Close up of the early inkle loom from 1490.|
|bow loom used for tablet weaving. Where is this image?|
If you want to see more images, do check out my Pinterest site. One image can lead to another one on someone else's pin board. I am sure that you will love the search. Enjoy your own wander through 'a garden of bright images'.
Happy New Year.
Susan J Foulkes January 2017