Now my blogging-buddy, Sherry (Crimson Leaves over on conservativelybohemian) is a bit depressed. She has a pretty low opinion of her talents at the moment, don't ask me why, 'cos she's got a loom!!! Now if you have a loom you have no right to be depressed it's like owning the world.
Trouble is, she is really good at lots of arts & crafts but doesn't realise it. She did a brilliant portrait of Celeste's mother, which should tell her something - but doesn't. It would be ever so nice if you popped in to see her ...she might listen to you.
Now Pat once thought I was having an affair with a loom ... I spent more time getting that loom installed than I spent with Pat.
Anyway... on condition that she smiles for five minutes ... here, for Sherry, is the picture of an antique Swiss Ribbon Loom that I drew, and the little story behind it.
|Pen & Ink (12" x 9")|
We had won a contract to manufacture medical laboratory equipment and needed to find a weaving machine to mass-produce the heating element. The element looked like those woolly hats girls wear in the winter, but without the pom-pom. and it had to woven in fibre glass (looks like cotton thread) with a heating wire woven in.
The best place to get a machine made was in Switzerland. The area around Basel (Basle) is famous for its ribbon looms. So I flew out there.
The airport is marvellous! For a start it's not in Switzerland but mostly in France. There are 3 sets of Customs Officers and three exits: 1 into Switzerland, 1 into France and 1 into Germany!!
We drove out of the city into the countryside and it really was quaint and very rural. There were lots of small family businesses - each specialising in weaving.
I met the person I needed to see who said that there would be no problem in making what we needed. He showed me around his workshops and the barn-like warehouse, where I found many old looms that the family had made over the years. I fell in love with this one and photographed it