Our October meeting was a workshop devoted to making circular rugs on a peg loom, given by Maureen Preen. We were all intrigued – peg-loom weaving is rectangular, right? Well, it turns out the answer is ‘it doesn’t have to be’.
Maureen arrived with a tantalising heap of mostly round and semi-circular objects,
as well as plenty of peg looms, weaving sticks, fibre – everything anyone who didn’t possess a loom (or who had forgotten their materials) could want. Quite a few of us sneaked a preview…
and then she began by telling us about her way in to spinning – through wanting to use combings from her Samoyeds – and how she moved towards using weaving sticks and peg looms.
She showed a wide range of round rugs, like this
made from natural, unprocessed fleece,
and this – called ‘Revenge of the Sheep’:
It gets its name because the unbelievably soft, fluffy inner is made from spun Scotch collie combings, while the outer edges – penning the collie in – are more usual spun fleece. Quite a few of us own sheepdogs, and will probably be looking at them in a slightly different light after this. So soft, so fluffy, and not a hint of its canine origins.
On the wall behind Maureen was a beautiful roundel, a great background to her talk.
And then we were off.
Peg looms appeared everywhere,
and were soon warped up.
Then, very quickly, weaving began:
in all sorts of interesting colours,
and it wasn’t all fibre – not by any means.
It turns out that the process of making a circular or semi-circular rug on a peg loom isn’t dissimilar to short-row shaping in knitting:
and rather like the effects you get from short-row shaping, it’s really satisfying.
But there was more – Maureen had brought some more conventionally shaped peg-loom weaving, but made with less conventional techniques, and they inspired some of us, too:
And then there was a really ‘left-field’ idea – using a four-tined fork as a substitute for weaving sticks and making delicate flowers:
It looks unlikely at first, and then you get…
this. Complete with stamens. There’s always something new to learn!
Our next meeting is the AGM. This might sound a bit dull but it really isn’t, especially as it’s the last meeting of the year and we have a bring-a-dish lunch, raffles, etc. So don’t forget: 29 November is the day.