Florence has been publishing the quarterly newsletter, The Spinning Wheel Sleuth, A Newsletter about Spinning Wheels and Related Tools, since 1993. She has also published the annual Hand Looms Supplement since 1998. Her articles have appeared in other publications such as Spin-Off, and Early American Life. She has lectured at many conferences and spinning and weaving guilds. Her favorite area of research is patented moving-spindle wheels. Florence had the unique opportunity to photograph and study models of these spinning wheels at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
Every Loom Has a Story
In the course of eighteen Hand Looms Supplements a large number of contributors wrote about the wide variety of looms that fascinate them. Some will be presented here. They include: early 19th-century barn-frame looms reconstructed in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and England; looms of immigrant groups from Scandinavia, Ukraine, and Slovakia; the unlikely origins of Structo and LeClerc looms, and the histories of the Eureka, Union, and Deen loom companies. Looms that belonged to famous weavers will be shown, along with early 20th-century looms designed by and for women, and looms from the Depression. Collections of looms in schools and studios in Ohio, Rhode Island, California, Latvia, India, and Cambodia, and small band looms from Norway, England, and the United States will be presented. Some of the related tools will be included.