It all began with a book, “Weaving and Spinning”, first published by Marshall Cavendish in 1975 as part of “The Encyclopedia of Crafts” and which I bought from a Library sale some 20 or so years ago. It has chapters on various types of weaving, including tapestry as well as on spinning. At the time we were living in Kent and I was learning to spin. My husband used the instructions and diagram in the section on spinning to make me a couple of drop spindles.
I noted the section on Tapestry Weaving, which illustrated a lovely black and white sampler measuring approx 28 x 16 inches, together with instructions for making a ‘nail frame loom’ to weave it on, but at the time it all seemed too difficult.
Several years later, having moved to Staffordshire, where we now live, I took out the book again and thought I would like to have a go at the sampler so my husband offered to make the loom.
I decided to have a little practice while I was waiting so I took out my daughter’s old ‘Spears’ children’s loom. I used crochet cotton for the warp and some 4ply crepe knitting yarn for the weft and did a couple of small weavings to try out weaving shapes (see photos). My daughter and I also took a trip up to “Fibrecrafts” at Ambleside in the UK’s Lake District to buy the warping yarn and the wool needed for the project. (Incidentally “Fibrecrafts” was later taken over by George Weil and is no longer there.)
I waited…and waited…the loom never materialized!