|Peg loom weaving|
Robert created a peg loom by drilling holes into a piece of wood and fitting a set of round dowels into those round holes. Each dowel is pierced with a hole that's large enough for a string or strand of wool to be threaded through.
The origin of the peg loom is not clearly documented, but it seems to be an ancient concept that some Egyptian, Viking, African or Chinese weaver figured out using a handful of sticks and a length of string. Today the peg loom is enjoying a revival among craft enthusiasts, particularly in the U.K. It's a method that produces quick results and is easy enough for a three-year old Montessori preschooler to master.
While Robert was busy at his workbench drilling holes, I cut fabric strips (1 1/2" wide) from a pile of sewing remnants. The pieces were joined together by cutting a slit in the ends and looping one through the other to make a long chain. I like a degree randomness, so the strips were of varied lengths, distributed without any specific colour sequence. Any material can be used for this type of project - wool, cotton, synthetics or even plastic. You can re-purpose old socks, t-shirts, ties, towels, sheets or shopping bags and feel good about making a useful item from all those throw-aways.
|A slit in the fabric strip is used to loop the ends together|
|Kitchen string threaded through the dowel holes serves as a warp|
|No more morning shocks|
"We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning." - Henry Ward Beecher