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Tools and machinery used in folk crafts

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:36 am
by sofiya
Vintage sewing machine set up for machine embroidery. German Museum of Technology in Berlin
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Re: Tools and machinery used in folk crafts

Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:56 am
by sofiya
Viking fiddlestick with a soapstone whorl on it. A spinning tool used by the Viking females. The 9th century. Reconstruction
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Re: Tools and machinery used in folk crafts

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:28 am
by sofiya
Viking traditional distaff for spinning
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Re: Tools and machinery used in folk crafts

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:23 am
by sofiya
German vintage knitting machine from the Museum of Technology in Berlin.
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Re: Tools and machinery used in folk crafts

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:35 pm
by sofiya
Scottish drop spindle called “dealgan”.
So, what identifies it? They basically have 4 rather unique features. And the first thing is the cone shape or the tapered shape. The next thing is – at the top they have a very small knob, all of them do. On the bottom, a very identifying feature, they have a cross cut into the bottom. But the oldest surviving example we know of has a cross that basically is sculpted to look almost like the top of a bone or an animal's paw pads. And it really does facilitate the use of the cross when you are tensioning the yarn before spinning.
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Re: Tools and machinery used in folk crafts

Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 9:28 am
by sofiya
Vintage spinning and weaving tools. Zhytomyr region of Ukraine, the 19th-20th century. Here you can see spindles, a shuttle, combs for yarn, and other tools. Also, there’s linen fibers and homespun yarn.

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Re: Tools and machinery used in folk crafts

Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 7:54 am
by sofiya
Vintage spinning wheel and a skein of natural fibers (hard to tell if it’s linen or hemp fibers). Vinnytsia region of Ukraine. Vinnytsia Regional Museum of Local History

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Re: Tools and machinery used in folk crafts

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:22 am
by sofiya
Wooden comb and two handmade spindles used for spinning the yarn. By the way, they lie on a coarse hand-woven cloth.

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Re: Tools and machinery used in folk crafts

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:51 am
by sofiya
Cased thimble, 1896, Chester, United Kingdom. Elegant sewing tool.
In some countries (for example, Scandinavian countries), a sewing kit that included a thimble was worn attached to the belt of the traditional attire. It was a small accessory to the folk dress.

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Re: Tools and machinery used in folk crafts

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:20 am
by sofiya
Strange spinning tools from the old times. Sometimes, these tools can look rather bizarre, but they are actually useful.
In the first two photos, there are vintage wooden combs for the yarn.
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The second photo shows us a tool called “yarn winder”. It is from 1930s and looks very crude and simple.
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And in the last photo, is something that resembles a stationary distaff. Usually, distaffs are small and portable. They are wooden sticks that hold the wool in the process of spinning. This thing is large, almost as high as the spinning wheel, and looks a bit like a stool.
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