Early American tape weaving is upcoming Reamstown lecture topic

By on November 2, 2016
Martha Brunner, an East Petersburg resident and a Reamstown native, demonstrates tape weaving on a Lancaster County loom as pictured in Susan Weaver’s book on handwoven tape. Weaver will discuss the history of Pennsylvania German tape weaving during a free lecture at Reamstown Community Center, 23 E. Church St., Reastown, on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Photo courtesy Reamstown Historical Society and Museum

Martha Brunner, an East Petersburg resident and a Reamstown native, demonstrates tape weaving on a Lancaster County loom as pictured in Susan Weaver’s book on handwoven tape. Weaver will discuss the history of Pennsylvania German tape weaving during a free lecture at Reamstown Community Center, 23 E. Church St., Reastown, on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Photo courtesy Reamstown Historical Society and Museum

Susan Faulker Weaver, a Lancaster County artisan and author of the newly released “Handwoven Tape: Understanding and Weaving Early American and Contemporary Tape,” will discuss the history of Pennsylvania German tape weaving during a free lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., at the Reamstown Community Center, 23 E. Church St., Reamstown.

Before zippers, snaps, and Velcro were available, Americans in the 18th and early 19th centuries depended upon narrow bands of woven tape as an inexpensive way to close everything from clothing to sacks.

Weaver, who works out of Warp Seed Studio in Lancaster, will have a tape loom and other materials on display as well as an advance copy of her book, which documents the American history of handwoven tape, offers patterns and instructions for today’s weavers, and includes 280 color images and step-by-step instructions for setting up a tape loom with warp threads.

The lecture is one in a continuing series sponsored by the Reamstown Historical Society and Museum. Parking is in the rear of the Reamstown Community Center. For more information call 717-364-0865.

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