They sound like they are used for backstrap weaving. One end of the warp is tied to a tree or
other immovable object, the other is tied around your waist. I believe it's a
Mayan/Guatamalan tradition. Don't throw them out if they work!
Thomas Edison High School
700 22nd Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
----- Original Message -----
From: "Hillmer, Jan" <HillmJan@Berkeleyprep.org>
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:31 am
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Weaving help?
> Hi Everyone,
> I have a number of thingies that look like homemade group heddles (?)
> for weaving.
> They are 2 six inch rulers laid horizontally with 12 popsicle sticks
> glued vertically in between to connect them. Each popsicle stick
> has a
> small hole drilled in it in the center.
> Some of these 'heddles' are strung with yarn but with no weaving.
> Others are empty. No other loom equipment is around altho these items
> are stashed in a closet with plenty of yarn.
> What are these? How do I use them? I hate to pitch them without
> figuring out what they are.
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