Restoration and Preservation at The Little Loomhouse

The Little Loomhouse has promoted weaving and the textiles since 1939, when it was founded by Master Weaver Lou Tate. The property in South Central Louisville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since Tate’s death in 1979 it has been operated by The Lou Tate Foundation, an all volunteer board dedicated to preserving the legacy of Tate and weaving in Kentucky.

This fall and winter the Little Loomhouse will get a new retaining wall and a rebuilt floor in of the property’s three historic cabins. But there is much more that needs to be done. The Lou Tate Foundation would like to invite the public to help keep the Little Loomhouse around for another 75 years by donating to its Restoration/Preservation Fund. If you would like to help be a part of history, please consider donating.

Thank you, The Lou Tate Foundation





Little Loomhouse Holiday Schedule

The Little Loomhouse will operate during regular hours with the following exceptions during the upcoming holidays:

  • Closed the week of Thanksgiving
  • Christmas week: Closed Monday – Thursday, Open Friday and Saturday
  • New Years Week: Open every day except Thursday

This will allow our employees and volunteers to enjoy the holidays with their families.

Wishing everyone a safe, warm and happy holiday season!


Holiday in the Woods Art Opening and Week-long Sale

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Join us for an evening of art, music, food, and merriment at the Little Loomhouse!

16 local artists will be displaying and selling their work at our
Open House on Friday, November 15 from 6 – 9 PM.

Park at DeSales High School at 425 W. Kenwood Drive and ride the shuttle up scenic Kenwood Hill to join the fun.

Delicious food will be available for purchase from Jimbo’s Bar-B-Que, and Louisville Mead Company will provide the libations.  Stick around for dessert from Rainbow Cafe, and dance the night away to music from DJ Ethan Buckler while you hang out with the beauties from Beechmont Bombshells.

With art priced from $10 to $200, you’re sure to find that perfect Holiday gift.

Can’t make it for the open house?  No worries!
The Little Loomhouse will be open with extended hours for a

week-long sale, Saturday, November 16 – Thursday, November 21 from 10 AM – 6 PM. Tour the Little Loomhouse, weave your own souvenir, and shop for beautiful local art and handmade gifts in the gift shop.


Lou Tate Coverlet Collection

The Little Loomhouse partnered with the Speed Museum to photograph, catalogue and digitally preserve the Lou Tate Coverlet Collection. As of June 10, 2009, the collection is available for viewing on

In order to search the collection, simply visit the site, review the terms and click ?I accept?- that is if you do of course. Next, type Lou Tate in the search engine. It will bring up the entire collection.