Monday, 22 September 2014

Swedish Hand Loom Museum

Hand Loom Museum, Glimåkra

This museum for hand looms is situated in northeastern Skåne and it is run by a non-profit organisation. It has a permanent exhibition of looms and tools and in addition it offer 8-10 changing exhibitions in textile art and traditional crafts annually. Also lectures are held and small educational groups get together weekly.  Weaving courses are organized e.g. for rags, carpets, clothing fabrics, towels, placemates etc. Approximately 6000 visitors attend the annual Weaving Days that this year is held 23rd-25th October.

Museum exhibition hall.

Mrs T is a lucky owner of a hand loom so this visit to the museum in order to get information and hints for the future. Ingrid Svensson, who looked after the museum this day, was kind enough to show us around the exhibition and also explain about production of linen. The exhibition displayed unbelievably pretty products that had required considerable time and effort to finish.

Mrs T walking through the exhibition.

Exhibition segments

Hand Looms and Tools

A smaller loom for the production of runners.

Ingrid showed us small and large looms from different ages. They have not changed much over time and considerable effort from two or three persons is needed to set up one for productive work. A smaller rag would thereafter take about one day to produce.  Also very thin and translucent works like curtains can be manufactured which delighted Mrs. T who anyway understood the limitations of a beginner. Anyone new in this profession can take part in one of the many courses organized within the premises (

Different hand looms of the museum.

Mrs T preparing her hand loom.

The Swedish Loom Museum is a very well kept professional facility in a nice surrounding in the town of Glimåkra. They offer excellent services for anyone interested in handicrafts and the annual Weaving Days is an international happening. For details visit their website  

Thank you Ingrid for your kind and professional introduction. Mrs T wishes a nice and productive week to everyone.


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