Showing posts with label Vintage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vintage. Show all posts

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

One Impressive Beast of a Jacquard Loom

Have you ever been to Berlin, the one in Germany? And if so, have you been to the Technikmuseum in Berlin? It is a museum on technical and mechanical manufacture and in the entry hall of the museum, even before you enter the museum proper, there is a beautiful - BEAUTIFUL - 'Jacquard Loom' on display. I was instantaneously fascinated and have wanted to share it here with you since forever.  =)

Deutsches Technikmuseum

The Jacquard loom was invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard, was first demonstrated in 1801, and simplified the process of manufacturing textiles with complex patterns like brocade, damask and matelasse. The Jacquard loom was so called a power loom, which is a mechanised loom powered by a line shaft.

Jacquard Loom, webstuhl, Ribbon weaving, Puppilalla
side view

Wikipedia claims: 'A line shaft is a power driven rotating shaft for power transmission that was used extensively from the Industrial Revolution until the early 20th century. Prior to the widespread use of electric motors small enough to be connected directly to each piece of machinery, line shafting was used to distribute power from a large central power source to machinery throughout a workshop or an industrial complex. The central power source could be a water wheel, turbine, windmill, animal power or a steam engine. Power was distributed from the shaft to the machinery by a system of belts, pulleys and gears known as millwork'

Jacquard Loom, webstuhl, Ribbon weaving, Puppilalla
seen from above

Jacquard Loom, webstuhl, Ribbon weaving, Puppilalla

'The loom was controlled by a "chain of cards", a number of punched cards, laced together into a continuous sequence. Multiple rows of holes were punched on each card, with one complete card corresponding to one row of the design. Chains, like Bouchon's earlier use of paper tape, allowed sequences of any length to be constructed, not limited by the size of a card.' Fascinating stuff isn't it?

Jacquard Loom, webstuhl, Ribbon weaving, Puppilalla, mechanised weaving
rear view
Jacquard Loom, webstuhl, Ribbon weaving, Puppilalla
weights and counter weights

'Each position in the card corresponds to a hook, which could either be raised or stopped dependent on whether the hole was punched out of the card or the card was solid. The hook raised or lowered the harness, which carried and guided the warp thread so that the weft would either lie above or below it. The sequence of raised and lowered threads is what created the pattern. Each hook could be connected to a number of threads, allowing more than one repeat of a pattern.'

Jacquard Loom, webstuhl, Ribbon weaving, Puppilalla

This particular loom was built in 1920 in Wuppertal and is made entirely of wood and metal. It's measurements are as follows: lenght 5100 mm x width 2400 mm x height 3550 mm. As said above , it is an impressive beast of a loom. It was possible to weave either highly complex fabrics or up to 18 seperate ribbons at the same time (!). That is seriously sophisticated.

Jacquard Loom, webstuhl, Ribbon weaving, Puppilalla

'Jacquard's machine could weave fabrics 24 times faster than the draw loom generally in use then. Its introduction into the silk mills of Lyons created an uproar. Weavers were afraid of losing their jobs and there were fierce riots in the streets. The patent had to be taken on by the state to protect Jacquard's life.'

Jacquard Loom, webstuhl, Ribbon weaving, Puppilalla

The history around that invention is interesting and rather than reiterating it here, I would have you read this article, which gives you the entire backstory. I seriously could spent hours and hours prowling around this loom because its complexity and the ingenuity of its workings is nothing short of magnificent. 

So far so good, I hope you enjoyed this little peek into the foyer of the Technikmuseum in Berlin.   =)

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Vintage Rainbow {a mosaic contest} by Stitched in Color

Rachel Hauser at ‘Stitched in Color’ invites us all along to join another mosaic contest, this time generously sponsored by ‘Fabricworm’. This time Rachel is looking for vintage ‘colors slightly faded, aged, with stories to tell and wisdom to share’. The theme of the contest is that ‘Vintage Rainbow’ that you come upon accidentally and that contains just a little of this, a little of that to create that cosy faded charm.

Mosaic contests are huge time wasters of course and I do love them. And while I have piled up a few things I need to get done this weekend, including making progress with a tutorial for an urgent sewing project, I just had to sit down to participate. It couldn’t be helped.

Entry 1: Lazy Hazy Afternoon

The late summer afternoon sunshine filters through the curtains softening the edges of the room's furnishings. The cocktail party is still a good two hours away. You can hear your sister laugh at something on the Fibber McGee and Molly Show, while she prepares the canapes. Your petticoat is hanging at the door of the wardrobe. You sit at your vanity setting your victory curls, sipping iced lemonade, luxuriating in the thought of this lazy afternoon all stretching out ahead of you...

And, wow does Fabricworm have a collection of pretty fabrics. I got distracted left, right and centre, my inner greedy pig foaming at the mouth. Phew! One print I liked but which I did not manage to smuggle into one of the mosaics is the 'Wildland, Wild Horses' print by Miriam Bos for Birch Organic Fabrics.

I will be good and not give in to temptation. I have spoiled myself enough for the time being. I have splurged some Christmas money on new fabrics and on online courses I want to complete this year so that I may learn new skills. I also just underwrote the Year-of-the-Stash plea, vowing to sew from my stash this year, so I shall. (Winning fabrics in a contest would not count right? =)

The 2 Top mosaics will earn a complete fat quarter set of their mosaic fabrics, which of course adds to the overall motivation. The competition is open until midnight January 19th and winners will be announced on January 22nd. So why don’t you join the fun?

Entry 2: Cherry Soda 

Well she got her daddy's car and she cruised to the hamburger stand now, seems she forgot all about the library like she told her old man now and with the radio blasting, goes cruising just as fast as she can now, and she'll have fun, fun, fun ... tapping along to the song you pull your Pontiac Catalina into the lot of Bennie's Dinner, hoping to beat lovely Suzie to the table in order to have Cherry Soda ready for her when she skips through the door... 

So there. What do you think? I find it difficult to limit myself  =) I would have liked to enter at least another six mosaics. But you know what they say in the movie business: Kill your darlings! Alright, I chose these two and stand by my choices. 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Up-cycled Table Runner Peg Bag - Praise to Interim Solutions

This time of the year I should blog about the mobile phone cover or the pillow cases I intend to sew as Christmas presents, but as I somehow do not get to sit down to actually sew them, there is nothing to show yet. So let me share an up-cycling holiday project with you instead.

DIY, peg bag, flower applique, embroidery, up-cycling, Puppilalla

I spent a holiday visiting friends in Fleet, Hampshire in the Summer of 2014 and with time galore on my hands, took to playing around with my friend’s sewing machine. I had found an embroidered table runner, the likes my granny used to have, in a local charity shop and decided to free the bread basket of its existence as interim solution for storing clothes-pegs. When my friends moved back to the UK from Berlin said basket ended up as laundry aid in absence of a peg bag - merely as a temporary solution mind you… Well, we all know how these stories tend to go.

Therefore, I decided to convert the table runner into a peg bag. Once I had decided the final size of the bag and where I wanted the opening to be, I looked through my friend's fabric scraps for suitable pieces to do a bit of flower appliqué and ‘thread sketching’ on the fabric.

DIY, peg bag, flower applique, embroidery, up-cycling, Puppilalla, design process

As the old embroidery was in good condition I decided to preserve parts of it. For the inner lining I used some white fabric with soft pink polka dots. Then I deposited a metal coat hanger in the airing cupboard and bend it, once it was thoroughly warmed, into the shape I required for the peg bag.

DIY, peg bag, flower applique, embroidery, up-cycling, Puppilalla

These are work-in-progress pictures. I am missing one of the finished product. Unfortunately, I had to leave before I could add some binding to the opening and before giving it a final thorough press, hence the crinkly looking pictures. My friends however liked my impromptu up-cycled laundry aid, especially as this one can be hung from the laundry rack.

PS: The bread basket has been repatriated to the kitchen but I have no current information as to its subsequent fate.


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Bucket List of Sewing (related) Projects continued - Sleepy Hollow Quilt

Sleepy Hollow movie based quilting project
Sleepy Hollow - Mandalay Entertainment - 2000

Sleepy Hollow Quilt - a movie based quilting project

On with the bucket list exploration. Now here is a very beautiful quilt. The quilt features in the Tim Burton movie Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci from 2000 by Mandalay Entertainment. At some point the frightened Ichabod Crane comes to his senses lying beneath and later on top of a beautiful quilt, that has been subject to discussion on many a blog post already. Some quilters have even tried their hand at making their own versions already. 

Sleepy Hollow movie based quilting project
Sleepy Hollow - Mandalay Entertainment - 2000

Note how the rows of triangles are stacked on top of each other. Furthermore, it seems as if the quilt has not been bound with any sort of bias tape as you can see below. It rather looks as if the edges were tucked in on all sides and sewn closed. I would be curious to know what the quilt backing of the movie quilt looks like. You only get a glimpse in the movie.

Sleepy Hollow movie based quilting project
Sleepy Hollow - Mandalay Entertainment - 2000

I have already lined up some cotton prints as well as some un-bleached linen I plan to use for this project.

Sleepy Hollow Movie Quilt Colourway Puppilalla

The colour range is way off what I would usually go for – me being a candy and jewelled colours kind of girl and all – but I want to retain the antique look. Modern prints will not cut the mustard here.

Sleepy Hollow Movie Quilt Colourway Puppilalla

As you can see my version would veer somewhat towards purple. It is a bit hard to see in this picture but the white print with the purple flowers in the upper right corner might not quite work with the cream or egg shell coloured linen.

Sleepy Hollow Movie Quilt Colourway Puppilalla

As I am in no hurry, I will have time to build the pallet.

This project falls into the definitely achievable category… once the list is cleared of a few other projects that is.

Monday, 7 September 2015

A Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt

Looking around the Internet, I am always amazed what fabulous projects and ideas people come up with. Like for example using vintage hankies to make pretty baby quilts. My particular favorite is the 'Vintage Hankie Quilt' by Polkadotchair

With this kind of stimulation, I felt rather inspired to make my own version, which I am happy to share with you here. I love the idea of using things that somehow lost their utility and by re-purposing them, giving them a second life.

Puppilalla Design Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt

The children’s handkerchiefs I had were different sizes and weights and it took me a while to decide how, I wanted to go about using them. I considered trimming all of them to the same size but that would have meant to loose a lot of the pretty borders.

For a while I though about including sashing to individually present each motive but abandoned that idea because it felt too staged.

Puppilalla Design Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt Blanket

In the end, I left the hankies pretty much as they were and merely placed them in a way as to allow each one to shine as much as possible. I reasoned that a baby and later a toddler would come at the blanket from all sides. Therefore, I allowed the motives to face into different directions so there would always be a picture to discover.

Puppilalla Design Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt

The hankies that were smaller than the others were applied to bigger fabric squares and the handkerchiefs that were thinner - or as the quilter says, of an even lighter weight – than the others were backed with a neutral fabric. I also merely aligned the rows rather than forcing the corners to match up.

Puppilalla Design Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt
For the backing - of which I have managed not to shoot a single decent picture - I used a length of a basic yellow and some orange, pink and yellow Kaffe Fassett fabic I had left over form another project. On this picture you can see some of it peeking out at the corners.

Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt Puppilalla Design

Except for that dark orange polka dot fabric that I also made the binding from and the border of birdies, all other fabric pieces are actually former handkerchiefs.

I grant you that the resulting quilt is not a subtle one but that was not the intention anyway. I was aiming for a loud, happy and colourful blanket that a child would have fun playing with.

Puppilalla Design Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt
I love the idea of giving some old and unused handkerchiefs a new life in form of a patchwork quilt. I still have a few hankies left and am sorely tempted to make another such baby blanket soon… alas none of my friends are pregnant just now      =)

Thanks for stepping by and reading along. I guess I will be spending some time and future blog entries to share previously finished patchwork and quilting projects with you. Feel free to comment and to let me know what you liked or might have done differently.