This is a mildly bawdy song collected from O.J. Abbott, by Edith Fowke in the late 1950s. In the early days of settlement women often did their own hand-spinning, then passed off the resultant yarn and thread to a professional weaver to be turned into yardage. Some of these weavers were itinerant - travelling from one community to another with their looms and other gear, setting up shop for a while and then moving on when the work dried up. The "diamond twill" and the "rose & crown" are presumably patterns. My date for the song is a guess.
As Freud said, "Sometimes a loom is just a loom - but not this time..."
There is a link to a sound file by Ian Bell below.
|Subject||On the Farm & In the Bush Social Life & Love Bawdy Songs|
|Keywords||bawdry bawdy loom textiles weaving|
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