|This is my Mom's first Peg Loom Weaving|
Well what a fun day! It was my job to write the report for the day for 'Guild's Newsletter'. I wanted to get it written because if I leave it for too long I will forget as my life gets a bit hectic. I thought I would post it here as it explains the day. I am not 100% happy with it, but as many things in my life it will just have to do. Once I start tweaking I could tweak all day! I much prefer 'Random Bloggy Writings'. My Alpaca 'Tribble' weaving is in the Washing Machine right now, on a hand wash cycle, I hope it has survived. Here it is as a 'work in progress'
Peg Loom Weaving Workshop 12.5.12
With Jaqueline Jeynes of Pen Coed Textiles
Jaqueline travelled from her home near Cardigan Bay to deliver her ‘Peg Loom Weaving’ workshop in Birmingham. She brought with her a range of Peg Looms, fibres, fabrics, yarns and a wealth of experience and knowledge to impart. Jacqueline has been a tutor with the Open College of Arts for twenty years, providing support for students on the ‘Understanding Art and Textiles Design’ courses.
Very quickly members were given practical instruction in how to warp a peg loom and begin to weave. Jacqueline provided many ideas and examples as to the versatility of these simple, portable looms. Pen Coed textiles provide a variety of looms by mail order and all of these are made to a high standard of finish by Jacqueline’s husband. The ‘Combi’ looms are rather ingenious and have three sizes of pegs all on the same solid base. This is excellent value for money in comparison to other Peg Looms available and ‘Pen Coed Textiles’ have applied for the patent on this design of loom. Peg Looms are not a new idea but the single loom containing three sizes of pegs is an innovative and versatile design introduction to the ‘weaving market’ enabling the Peg Loom Weaver to produce a wide range of fabrics from a single loom.
Members were weaving a wide variety of commercial yarn, hand spun yarn, novelty yarn, ribbons, rags, chiffon, fleece, fibre and ‘raw’ fleece, producing a wonderfully varied array of textiles and fabrics. A wide range of textural and colour effects were explored by the group as a whole with some fantastic results. Jacqueline also explained methods that could be used for adding, beads, buttons and making a feature of decorative fringes. Shaping is also possible on the Peg Loom.
Whilst the history of Peg Loom weaving is unclear it is believed to be an old method of weaving cloth. The main advantages of a Peg Loom are the simplicity and the portability. The pegs can also be used for ‘Stick Weaving’, producing strong dense fabric. Peg Loom Weaving has gained in popularity over the last twenty years and Jacqueline has a book that is currently at the printers. I am sure many of us cannot wait to get our hands on a copy as there is a gap in the market for information and design ideas/instruction for this particular method of weaving. Workshop participants had a relaxed, informative and creative day and I am sure individuals left with a wealth of ideas and intentions to continue ‘Peg Loom’ weaving at home. It was most enjoyable to work with Jacqueline and as always to work alongside each other.
|I like this one using yarn, chord and rags.|
|This one grew very quickly and is made with hand spun yarn|
|This one is destine to be felted|
|I love the Colours and textures of this piece|
|I like the way this one explores colour|
|More experimenting with colour effects|
|A Cheerful 'Jubilee' inspired piece|
|This Piece is very Pretty|