RUG-MAKING HISTORY - BANTAM (EGG-WHISK RUG PUNCH)
Sarah Hartwell, 2018

This isnít latch-hooking, but the leaflet arrived along with some latch-hooking catalogues.

Made of metal with black wooden handle, the Bantam Ali is often called an "egg whisk" because turning the handle action causes the needle to rise and fall. This curiosity resembles an old-fashioned egg beater or hand drill, but with a rising and falling rug punch needle in place of a whisk/beater. Wool from a ball was threaded through the eye in the needle. The rug backing was placed on a traditional rug frame and the rug-maker wound the handle while moving the Bantam tool across the backing. When the handle was turned, the needle rose and fell, piercing the backing fabric and leaving a loop beneath the fabric when the needle was withdrawn.

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