It may have been 1994, when I first wove with horsehair.
I wove fabric for 20-something chairs for Skansen. I also was an attraction for the tourists, kitted out in "genuine" clothing (and freezing my b*tt off. Do you know how cold it can be in an un-insluated timber building in early spring, when it has stood closed and un-heated for 8-9 months??? Especially when threading and sleying dark brown cotton 40/2 to 22 ends per cm, in natural light only...)
I sat in the kitchen annex belonging to Skogaholms herrgård, inside that window:
As it happened, the 20-metre warp was done before the season ended, and I asked if I could try weaving sieve (sifter?) fabric for the last weeks.
I was allowed to, but only if I did it at home. (They wanted no experimenting on the premises.)
I had studied the sieves I owned, and what writings I could find. The biggest question was: how do I get the warp onto the loom? (Isn’t it interesting, the way the ethologists have of glossing over the hard bits? How many times have I read complicated descriptions of how to ... until we come to the "interesting part": then, "proceed the usual way"?)
In the end, I laced the warp to the back apron, just as lacing onto the front apron (only harder to do, as there was no way of applying tension). I then proceeded "the usual way" (threading, ... – well, you know...), including weaving.
I did not get to try (or even see) the mounting – but here it is, sieve/sifter ready:
As you can see, I had some tension problems...
All this rant, just to show my two new (old) sieves, one of which is even patterned:
I wonder what the odd-shaped one was used for? The sieve-part is about 15 cm, at the logest side.