It is thought that Barn Frame Looms are so-named because they were built with the same construction methods, mortise and tenon joints, of timber-framed barns. We believe our loom was probably built between 1780 and 1880.
Three weavers, Priscilla May Alden, Wendy Bellows, and Ursula Smith, are restoring and warping this beautiful Barn Frame Loom. They will be weaving rag rugs on this loom throughout the season, when their schedules permit. Call us at 207-633-4727 to find out when the weavers will be working on this loom.
This Barn Frame Loom was a gift to us from Willowbrook Museum Village.
Priscilla May Alden Priscilla May Alden is a fine art tapestry weaver who exhibits her work across the country. She learned the ancient art of tapestry weaving after seeing exhibits of Navajo rugs and contemporary tapestries in New Mexico over twenty-five years ago. Alden’s career in architectural design prepared her for working within a grid and weaving the colorful geometric shapes she loves. She and her stone sculptor husband Dick Alden own Starfish Studio in Boothbay, Maine.
Wendy Bellows After acquiring her mother’s old loom, Wendy Bellows began weaving in 2010. A class with master weaver Michael Patterson jump-started her explorations. Wendy first learned to spin with a drop-spindle and commercial fibers, but now enjoys the entire fiber experience of starting with a raw fleece, then washing, preparing, spinning, dyeing, and finally weaving the wool into a final product. Wendy recently retired from her role as Senior Research Associate and Safety Officer at Bigelow Labs in East Boothbay, Maine.
Ursula Smith European born Ursula Smith has been hand weaving for over twenty years. She studied with textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen and British weaver Jason Collingwood. Ursula has exhibited her weaving, demonstrated weaving techniques, and taught weaving in the Connecticut school system, at the former American Craft Museum in New York, and at the CLICK program in Boothbay Harbor. Ursula Smith is on the Board of the Boothbay Food Pantry.