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Inkle Loom

Postby Cathal on Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:45 pm

Hi folks,

after talking with some band weaving people this weekend I'm convinced to need an "Inkle Loom" for my own weaving work. All I found out is that Inkle Looms are of Scottish orign. Do we have some evidence for the use of this thing in Ireland and if yes, what time range?

Here's a picture:
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Re: Inkle Loom

Postby Dave Mooney on Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:54 pm

We've ever heard that Inkle looms are of South American Origin. Where'd you find the Scottish connection and from what era does it stem?

We've used them at home for strapping for neck, hem and cuff finishings as it's really fast to work. Not with cards though.

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Re: Inkle Loom

Postby Nerva on Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:16 pm

:shock: Looks complicated!
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Re: Inkle Loom

Postby Cathal on Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:34 am

@ Dave:
South America, eh??? :o :shock: :o :shock: - Holy cow!!
I've got my information from two sources. One of our leading Viking reenactment groups is using the inkle Loom for show weaving. They have a huge eye on authenticy and talk about a Scottish invention. And THIS page from where I linked above picture (unfortunately only in german) says the same. Seems I have to do a better research... :oops:

@ Nerva:
Not complicated. You are able to weave a braid of 5 meters length without blocking your living room. And, as Dave said, it's an awful fast work, comparing to the usual process.
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Re: Inkle Loom

Postby Dave Mooney on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:54 am

Well, I'd be delighted if our info was wrong and if someone can show a find for an inkle in Europe in the Iron to Viking age because I like using them and they don't need to be dismantled to move about the place and they would be magic for 'Have-a-go' at gigs.
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Re: Inkle Loom

Postby brendan on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:58 am

Where in south america?

Its mostly backstrap looming down there (Peru; Ecuador) - tied off against a post/hook on wall or even a toe
I certainly never saw anything like the Inkle loom picture.

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Re: Inkle Loom

Postby Dave Mooney on Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:10 am

I'll have to back track where I got that from.

I just did a 'history of inkle loom' search.

This SCA article gives some historical references, and being an American one, they make the point it came from England in the 1930's but finds the term in Shakespeare.
http://www.inkleweaving.com/notes/history.html

I've found this in several other places also.

I reckon that seeing as 'inkle' is an old English term you can't trust that it may just have become attached to these type of looms later because they are mostly used for making strapping. I would guard against 'others' retro fitting the loom to the weaving type.

It's a 'show me the find' situation!
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Re: Inkle Loom

Postby Cathal on Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:09 pm

So... if Shakespeare talks in 1590 from the inkle, can we proceed on an european invention of it? In that case there'd be just one remaining problem... to find a 600 years older evidence for shakespeare's inkle....
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Re: Inkle Loom

Postby brendan on Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:01 pm

my understanding of the inkle loom thing was that a)No it wasnt around b)There was stuff around that looked like inkle braid

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Re: Inkle Loom

Postby vlasta on Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:44 pm

Cathal, maybe try to make "Oseberg loom" instead? it was widely used, at least during medieval times (some iconography here)
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