Delphi in Carroll County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Loom House Weaver
The Essential Craft of the Canal Era
— Wabash & Erie Canal Park Village —
Weaving for the Canal Homestead
If the woodsman's axe and the long rifle were first in importance to the pioneer, the spinning wheel and the loom would rank second. In colonial America many families wove cloth for clothing. bedding, curtains, and grain bags. Weaving produced utilitarian fabric to be used, worn out, and replaced. Home weaving in the Delphi area was a necessity until the canal came through in the 1840s bringing factory made cloth from New England. Looms were built from memory of the weaver by local carpenters who also built the barns. This is why the big looms are called barn looms. The barn looms use the mortise and tenon construction that was used in barn building. Since nails and screws were not used the looms could be taken apart, moved, and shared with other families. Looms were often built to satisfy the needs of the individual weaver. This accounts for the variation in size and materials that are common to historic looms.
Materials for weaving were hemp, flax, wool, and cotton. Hemp grew wild in the colonies and was used by the natives to make clothing, rope, and nets. Flax
Erected by Tippecanoe Arts Federation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wabash & Erie Canal series list.
Location. 40° 35.533′ N, 86° 40.817′ W. Marker is in Delphi, Indiana, in Carroll County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West North Washington Street and North Charles Street, on the right when traveling east. On the Grounds of the Wabash & Erie Canal Conference & Interpretive Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12252 West North Washington Street, Delphi IN 46923, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cooper (within shouting distance of this marker); Education Along The Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Broom Maker (within shouting distance of The Broom Making Process (within shouting distance of this marker); The Paper Maker's Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Cabin Homestead 1830s (within shouting distance of this marker); Fouts Kitchen And Medical Plants Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmithing (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delphi.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 25, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.