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Un-Knitting Machine

Knitting in Reverse: Un-Knitting Machine Unravels SweatersWeb Urbanist

Rocking Chair Knitting

ECAL Low-Tech Factory/Rocking-Knit from ECAL on Vimeo.

This Rocking Chair Knits A Wool Cap While You Kick Back And RelaxGizmodo Australia

Cocoon: 1915


Washington, DC, 1915. Silkworms in the National (Smithsonian) Museum. Helen Stuart.. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Cocoon: 1915SHORPY

Laotian fabric used by kimono firm for obi

Home weavers in Laotian farming villages may be thousands of kilometres from Japan, but their colourful textiles, delicately hand-woven and with detailed elaborate patterns, are gaining attention in the ancient capital of Kyoto as a new material for making traditional kimono garments.
Omiya Co, a kimono wholesaler in Kyoto, is undertaking a project that uses Laotian textiles to make obi for kimono. It aims to breathe new life into the diminishing kimono market while hoping that the project will help create job opportunities for Laotian women and improve their economic status.

Laotian fabric used by kimono firm for obiThe Japan Times Online

Iranian weavers make world’s largest handwoven carpet

Iranian weavers have registered a new record in the Guinness World Records for the world’s largest hand-woven carpet.
The Iranian carpet, that broke the earlier record, is 133 metre long and is about 48 metre wide and has been laid in the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Each day around 1,500-2,000 people are visiting the place to see the carpet, which has been embellished with traditional Persian designs and natural colours and has over 2.1 billion knots.
It took about 18 months for the 1,200 weavers weaving the carpet in Neyshaboor city in Iran’s north-eastern province of Khorassan Razavi, to complete the job, while working in two shifts a day.
The carpet that spreads on 5,634 square meters, weighs about 48 tons. It is made up of 72 percent wool and 28 percent cotton.

Iranian weavers make world’s largest handwoven

Dog fur: A hard yarn to spin

It’s probably not the first thing you think of when you see a beautiful white Samoyed dog.
But next time you spot one, you might just think about knitting.
Knitting yarn spun from the fur or wool of Samoyed dogs was practiced in the 1940s.
Robyn Barr says it’s remarkably easy, with beautiful results.
She’s owned Samoyed dogs for 50 years.
“For 40 years I threw it away,” she says of the fur.
Until she didn’t.

Dog fur: A hard yarn to spin702 ABC Sydney

Weaver’s Guild puts old looms to good use

Several residents are weaving their way through history on looms that were used decades ago.
The Aiken County Historical Museum has two looms, one donated by the late Arne Fleflet many years ago. The other was given to the museum more recently by Judith Stanton, according to local weaver Gary Smith.
It’s a story about donations that empowered others to learn, Smith said. It’s a learning laboratory open to everybody. I have learned something almost every time I come here.
Smith said the looms were popular during the Depression era and both that belong to the museum are from around the 1930s. The looms, which were around $50 at the time, were used in home industry, which gave those without work a chance to make some money through the various things they wove together.
Rather than just sitting stagnant in the museum on display, the two looms became pieces of living history. Weavers work with pieces of cloth and string, much of the material, creating both simple and intricate pieces of textile art. One of the most infamous works is a silk tie rug done by local historian Owen Clary.

Weaver’s Guild puts old looms to good

Australian weavers at Sabah exhibition

The Sabah Art Gallery is holding the Third Folk Art Exhibition at the Ming Garden Hotel and Residence here.
The event with the theme, Understanding Aspects of Australian Aboriginal Culture, which began yesterday until July 17, features weavers from the Koorie Heritage Trust of Melbourne, Australia.
Three weavers from Australia will be demonstrating their basket weaving skills alongside three local Sabahan weavers.
The Australian weavers comprise Treahna Hamm who is a renowned artist, Bronwyn Razem from Kirrae Whurrong clan of the Gunditjimara people on the western Warrnambool coastline and Patricia Harrison who is a Gunai/Kurnai and Yorta Yorta woman, while the local weavers are Dainsing Binti Darum from Kampung Inarad, Tongod, Mainah Tuumuh from Kampung Kalibatang, Kuala Tomani and Rembini Suanti from Kampung Bongol, Tamparuli.

Australian weavers at Sabah exhibitionBorneo Post Online

Ikat Time Lapse

Whitney Matalone practices one of the oldest and most widespread forms of textile decoration. Ikat. It is a process in which you bind and dye the warp or weft fibres to create an image.
The bindings are removed, the fibres are washed out and dried before the weaving process begins. She recorded every second of the process (about three months) and put it into this four minute video.

How to Make Multiple Pom Poms

Jenine Bressner demonstrates how to efficiently make multiple pom poms at once.