Welcome to the group! Is it fair to deduce from your profile pic that you are a re-enactor? (This is where I confess to dreaming of lengths of hand-woven, hand-dyed fabric for Tudor and Italian dresses!)
Multi-harness looms were developed around 1000 bce, as far as I remember. You aren't that far off :) And if you build one, bingo!
I know warp-weighted was the earlier, more wide spread variety for northern Europe, but I am sure I read in the Broudy book History of Looms (I think that is the title) that there are references to French horizontal looms from around 1000, maybe it was 1100 bce. Now I need to check out that book again. Honestly, as often as I reference it, I should buy it as a digital book so I can access it anywhere.
I found one reference online, but I swear there were more. The book is The Book of Looms: A history of the handloom from ancient times to the present by Eric Broudy. The reference I found is on the first couple pages of Chapter 8, page 138. Unfortunately the bibliography isn't available on the preview that Google Books offers.
And I will go check my copy of Women's Work right now. -nope, nothing there.
But I did find this online: http://scholar.chem.nyu.edu/tekpages/loom.html and it has citations :)
Greetings and Salutations, m'Lady! Lady Rébéca la Chienne of Calontir, at your service. *grin*
Yes, I made the loom. I couldn't afford a 4-shaft loom yet, but really REALLY wanted one! So I broke down and found some scrap lumber and spent about a month preparing and setting it up. It worked. $100 later, I had a loom. And *then* (only a month later) I found an Allen CB loom on Ebay that had all the pieces...figures. LOL!0 0 0
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Greetings from An Tir in the Far North west. I have been a member of the SCA for many years and have learned many new things because of it. Currently I have a 4 harness Macomber loom in my living room that I found in a thrift store for 100 dollars. I had to do a bunch of cleaning and buy a reed but now I have all the loom I can ever use and I am even thinking about loaning it out to other Scadians that might want to learn. I have been weaving rugs mostly since I got the loom in August and as soon as I get this warp off I want to rewarp and make a sideless sir coat for me. Then i think I will be done weaving for awhile and an find someone else to enjoy this great old loom. We may just keep her in the family but my arms and shoders are getting too old to weave very long so I work a while and quit for a few days.
Event this weekend. May be life changing, we will see.
Have fun weaving all.
HL Mehitabel Pottern(marlenedg)
Hello. I have a question. Why can’t the RH reeds be made taller so they can make
a wider shed?
The rigid heddles are designed to create a shed for weaving and at the same time not stress the warp threads too much. Only the threads in the holes are moved and if they moved farther, it would soon stretch the threads in the holes to the point where the warp would no longer have even tension.