The lacemaker’s job is born of a passion. With his coveted know-how, he cleverly, patiently hones his skills.
Between carriages and spools, he harmonizes thousands of threads and proudly conducts an orchestra of cherished, old looms.
The lacemaker is responsible for the complex Leavers, Bobbinet or Bobinot looms. A minimum of five years’ experience is needed to correctly manipulate the looms that produce tulle or lace.
One needs the talent of a gardener and incredible patience to detach the spool’s “fruit” from the husk of its carriage.
This mastered gesture requires a strong, confident hand to create the base on which the most beautiful pieces will bloom.
Threading is the first preparatory step before weaving on the loom. The technician loosens the thin copper spool from the base, known as a “carriage”. This operation requires a high level of dexterity.
Stripping the almost invisible threads caught in the spool is like trying to catch the wings of a dragonfly or spot the eyelashes of a shrew ! A tiny miracle of precision.
Stripping is the second preparatory step before weaving on the loom. It consists of detaching the leftover thread on the spool. This operation requires extreme vigilance.
How does one cross thousands of threads without losing sight of the pattern? The winder closely watches each thread
and slips the wipsy fibers between pièces of metal Working alone, he prepares the precious strands
to weave a perfect lace.
The winder must simultaneously pass hundreds of threads through the tiny spaces on the row of spools. This operation is done manually and requires extreme vigilance and exceptional dexterity. Few people have mastered the technique of winding thread on the looms.
The wheeler, with precise, nimble movements, keeps the carriages full to satisfy the loom’s voracious appetite by replacing the spools. Between the hooks, he or she carefully places the delicate spools that will weave the fabric.
Wheeling, means replacing spools in the carriages by catching the springs in the spools with a single gesture while releasing the thread so it can be knotted. This is an important operation before starting the loom since the spool/carriage duet is key in the workings of a Leavers loom.