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« on: July 21, 2008 10:13:58 PM »

I'm taking a guess that this is the right board to post this. I have a lot of my grandmother's craft supplies, and I have this loom sort of thing with a half-finished project on it. What is this?

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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2008 10:42:02 PM »

in spanish it is called a "telar", but i don't know what your question means, sorry

« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2008 10:44:30 PM »

Hi, I have to say I wont be much help, because i dont know what it really is either, but it reminds me of some wall hangings my mom had.  They were like these http://www.crossingworlds.com/ancient/rugs.html   only smaller
I also know that when i was younger a yearly craft fair had someone who did these types of things for coasters.  I have no idea what size your thing is, but my guess would be that its a weaving loom?? and the reason why the colors are differnt was so you could start adding the other pattern colors to it??

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2008 11:16:14 PM »

It's a loom, and different colors were used to make patterns.  Wood and ceramic beads were popular additions.  This was a popular craft back in the 70's.  You can also leave some sections empty, and tie off the warp.
I've also seen wish bones and feathers included.  When they were finished they usually were hung on the wall.
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2008 02:18:56 AM »

Judging by the bits missing, I am betting she was going to go for the blockie-type pattern kinda like this:


Maybe she was making Native American inspired place mats?
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2008 07:52:41 AM »

Thanks for the responses. My grandfather was Native American, so it makes sense that she wanted to mimic the rug designs. This loom is about six inches by four inches. Does the piece come off the loom or does it stay on? Any suggestions of how I might figure out how to use it? Like what terms should I Google? I've never done any weaving or used any kind of loom so I'm totally clueless here.

« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2008 01:45:08 AM »

Usually the loom would come off, but unless there is a way to de-attach the black bar either up where the color lines are, or down where its still just the strings I'm not sure how it would be done one this one since the yarn seems to be wrapped around the side. (my moms had like a thick rope on two of the sides) and *is it warp?* was tied off on the others kinda like you tie fringe i think...

the one side where the tan yarn is , you owuld have to find something similar and make it mimic the other side or else take it out on the other side, assuming you want to try and continue the pattern and then wing it after that ( I agree it looks kinda like the image above with the block pattern type) 

over n under like weaving paper in school only you dont go completly across.. you turn and go the other direction to shape the pattern.

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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2008 11:20:31 AM »

Besides researching "navajo weaving" (with rug or blanket added in to narrow the search) you might try "tapestry loom".

There are tapestry looms that are like this for sale and they have related links. You could try:


Your local public library probably has old books on weaving that show projects like this. (It was popular in the 60's and 70's, and different enough from more European weaving that lots of books came out for techniques.)

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