The procedure is actually quite simple ....once you know how...and involves tying two sets of loops around
a dowel and joining them together to form the eye. This type of heddle/harness arrangement is made with a pre-determined ends per inch for a specific project and the exact number of heddles must be tied in each inch section. It is a slow tedious process and gives one a taste of how skilled the harness maker was how valuable the finished harness set was to them. I have many old sets with the reed still attached and in some cases the woven fabric that would have been woven with them. It was heart warming to be a part of continuing a long, lost tradition.
|Alison demonstrating the setting of the loops and joining the two loops together.|
|Tools of the trade....19th c. ~ seine twine and harness frame....21st.c....the digital camera and the cell phone!|
|Here are Diane and Laura working on tying the heddles on my frame.|
|Penny working on a frame that belongs to Diane.|