Some looms

I didn’t find much of textile interest while on holiday (except in terms of inspiration like the manhole covers). There was a silk factory which had a museum attached but I was told by the tourist office in Tours that it was closed all July and August. 🙁

However, I did find a few things, unexpectedly. We went to see a strange motley collection of … basically anything with moving parts, the Musee Maurice Dufresne. I think that M Dufresne couldn’t bear to leave any machines he found rusting in fields or anywhere; he had to rescue them and add them to his collection. Something had been found at the bottom of a lake. It was a huge combine harvester or something like that. Goodness knows how it got to the bottom of the lake or how he knew it was there and managed to get it out again. It was that sort of a collection.

Anyway, in amongst all this stuff were a few looms.


I don’t know much about looms or what type they are but it was lovely to see all that pile of yarn in the midst of machinery! If anyone can enlighten me, I will add the information.



I think this one made braid, or ribbon.

machine for winding bobbins?

Is this a machine for winding shuttles? or warping or something? (can’t you tell I don’t know ANYTHING about weaving?! Still, I do find these kinds of things interesting and I would love to learn, so please enlighten me!)

All these looms were a drop in the ocean in the huge barn-like buildings in which they were stored. I found some sewing machines high up on a shelf later on and I felt so sorry that they were stuck up there so unappreciated.  I wanted to take them all home with me!
old sewing machine

In amongst all these were cars, farm machinery, a London bus(!) and even a guillotine which had travelled around during the French Revolution – it was mounted on a cart. Bikes, printing machines, you name it, it was there. Amazing.

2 Replies to “Some looms”

  1. Hi!
    I was surfing the web for images of barn frame looms to link to from my blog and found yours.

    The first loom is obviously incomplete, but the second loom LOOKS like an old Jacquard Loom. I say “looks” because I cannot verify it and there were similar types of looms around the same time.

    Jacquard brought the mechanism to the US around 1820 and was almost murdered in a heated rage by guild weavers who were afraid his loom would replace them.
    Eventually they embraced the technology, and as a result we have beautiful 19th century coverlets here today to testify to about 50 years of Jacquard technology.
    The enraged weavers were only partly right, the Jacquard loom didn’t replace them, the industrial age did.
    The loom went obsolete about 60 years after it entered this country.
    Hard to find them here,
    thanks for the photos. I’d love to add a link on my blog to them,
    Fossil Creek Farm
    Shepard, Weaver, Spinner, Consultant

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