Archive for April, 2015

  • Apr232015

    Refining Jacquard

    In fine silk weaving on Jacquard hand looms the limitations were that each harness thread from the mechanism on the top of the loom required a lead weight (lingoes) to keep the tension on the lift. This meant that the physical leg strength needed to press treadles open the weave shed was to ever increase with more and more complex harness layouts being desired.

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  • Apr132015

    Guildhall Library talk ‘Silk: from China to the City’

    The talk will take place at the prestigious Guildhall Library in London from 6-8pm and forms part of the Huguenot Summer series.

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  • Apr102015

    Jacquard’s Weaving Revolution

    If there is one technological invention of the 19th Century that can be said to be life changing, that achievement must surely belong to Joseph Marie Jacquard.

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  • Apr012015

    18th Century Silk Damasks

    In today’s modern world of computer driven machinery where the digital programming of weaving looms is the norm, it is amazing to think that little over 200 years ago Jacquard’s programmable invention for the loom had yet to be invented.

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