Historic Handloom Conference
September 06, 2006 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-
Here is a photo from the conference. For more information, go to our section on
or visit Cindy's website.