Sunday, June 12, 2011

Our rug guild goes on tour

This past Friday I had arranged a tour at the NC State College of Textiles .  It was very interesting.  They work on everything from Space suits to parachutes to carpeting.  We saw machines for knitting sweaters, dyeing fibers, cutting out cloth for patterns and even your old fashion hand weaving looms.  Here's a few pictures from our tour.

This machine cuts out pattern pieces with a reciprocating saw in a flash.  

This is the HUGE jaquard loom.  It weaves so fast it makes your head spin!

This machine 'picks' the fabric to make a nap.  Think of fleece on the inside of your sweatshirt or the nubbies on your towels.

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