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Wood Craft / Textile equipment

During the times of homesteading and up until the mid 19th century, nearly all textiles, whether clothing or home textiles, were made at home. Fibers from animal hair and plants were used for yarn and thread. The most common and most important textile materials were wool and linen - but nettles, hemp and hair from goats, cattle and dogs, were frequently used.

A number of tools are needed in order to make yarn or thread: carders, scutching knives, spindles and spinning wheels... Most of them are made of wood.

When the thread is spun you can make ropes, strings, ribbons, lace, mittens, hats, home textiles, and so on. For these purposes, too, a variety of wooden tools are used: crocheting hooks and knitting needles, bobbins, weaving frames, looms, and more.

There are many old textile tools preserved in museums and folk museums. Most are richly decorated with painted and carved ornamentation. You can tell that they haven't been used. They have most likely served as gifts, given from men to women.

Still today, numerous textile tools are made out of wood. Many are complicated to make, but there are some that are easy to make on your own! Some examples are ”ribbon gates” (bandgrindar) to weave ribbons, ”påtdockor” to make strings, crochet hooks and knitting needles.