Historic Handloom Conference


I attended a wonderful conference on three-treadle looms in Salem, Indiana on

October 5-6, 2005. The conference was planned and facilitated by
Cindy Ruesink,

with technical assistance by her husband Bill. There were presentations on topics

such as the history of three-shaft weaving, history of Quaker weavers in Salem,

Research on Welsh weavers, and Dendrochronology (wood identification andating).


I was able to weave on all three types of three-treadle looms. Demonstrations

included how to tie up a three-shaft loom, and patterns, yarns and setts for three-

shaft weaving.



Here is a photo from the conference. For more information, go to our section on

or visit Cindy's website.