Historic Folk Toys: Book, 'Beginning Weaving Projects'

Historic Folk Toys: Book, 'Beginning Weaving Projects'

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Beginning Weaving Projects
Our Beginning Weaving Projects Book includes a history of weaving, instructions for basic weaving, patterns, projects, and weaving terms. This book is a great companion to our Colonial Loom and My First Weaving Loom. Museum educators and classroom teachers will appreciate the enlarged illustrations by Dwight Sands.

Historical Background: Before the American Civil War (1861-1865), weaving looms were a common item found in many households, especially in the Appalachian Mountain range. Some families were fortunate enough to have a special room or shed built just for their weaving loom. Otherwise, a loom might be set up during the cold winter months, when women had more time to weave, and disassembled and stored during the summer months. Weavers used cotton, flax and wool to weave fabric for clothing. As manufactured cloth became available, weavers used their looms to make decorative items for the home, such as coverlets. Weaving almost became a lost art by the 1890s due to the vast availability of manufactured cloth. Fortunately, weaving has become prevalent again and there are many weaving guilds today proving the resilient popularity of this ancient craft.

The development of the frame loom meant that a weaver could have a portable tool that could be taken almost anywhere. Frame looms are also a wonderful piece of inexpensive equipment that can be used to teach weaving to children. A floor loom is not always available for demonstrations, but with the availability of small frame looms, children can have their very own and learn this ancient technique.

Dimensions: 4.25 x 5.5"
Pages: 32