Craft · Weaving

The world’s first computer program?

On Saturday, we went to the Science Centre in Toronto to celebrate our anniversary. It was full of children and I could have done without watching that video on childbirth, but all in all it was a good time. I especially enjoyed the Imax in the dome theatre. Intimidating but a lot of fun.

One interesting thing I thought I’d share is this picture of a Jacquard loom in one of the displays. I don’t know much about weaving, so it was interesting to see a bit of history to it.

Jacquard Loom at Toronto Science Centre.
Jacquard Loom at Toronto Science Centre.

The jacquard loom was invented in 1801 and became a precursor to computer programing, of all things! It used punch cards to create a design in the woven fabric, and those punch cards have been used ever since. When I think about how one simple invention can grow like that did, it blows my mind. It also makes me proud as a fibre artist to be part of such an interesting history.

Anyway, I thought I’d share that little bit of knowledge (that no doubt is well-known to everyone but me!). If you’d like to know more, here’s a video for you.

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3 thoughts on “The world’s first computer program?

  1. I wouldn’t’ve said that it was that well known- I know about it through my computing interest, rather than my crafting interest, despite me thinking that my crafting side of it is more interested! Glad you enjoyed it

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