on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
What the Kids Said
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Italian Workmen's Club
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Fishing Along Wingra Creek
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Quality Ace Hardware
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2
Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour
402 West Lakeside Street
we entered Lakeside Fibers I was in awe. Those radiant colors of yarn
and fibers. The brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. The warm, subdued
greens, blues, and purples. The antique furniture, the welcoming people!
When I went inside, I blinked my eyes. There was so much color.
We went downstairs and saw a twelve-foot loom! It was
so big that it had to be controlled by mechanical devices.
In the back room there are a lot of looms and yarn used for weavings.
Pedals lift the harnesses so you can make different patterns in your
weaving. When the harness goes up, you slide the weft yarn between
the lifted-up part of the warp and the bottom part. The warp goes
on the loom first and the weft makes the pattern. The next step is
to take your foot off the pedals and beat the weft so all the stitches
are tight and close together.
The loom in the basement creates weavings that have been
Knitting at Lakeside Fibers is a good way for some people
to have a sense of community.
I remember so vividly the wood architecture in that back
room. The way that the fibers, thread, and yarn were organized really
complimented the style of that room.
the basement is where the twelve-foot loom is kept. The small looms
take a day to prepare. This one takes much longer than that, three or
four days if two people work nonstop. It is an electric loom, run by
computer. There are six pedals on it, so the weaver can tell the loom
computer what to do. It would take a very, very long time to weave something
if it wasn’t run by computer.
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