Well I think my yarn stash must be magic – it seems no matter how much of the stuff I use, I still have bags of wool hiding under my table!
This time I thought I ought to use up some of the chunky wool I have, so I decided to make 2 little mats to go in the back of the car.
My lovely Dad had made me a little peg loom a while ago, so when Harry went out the other night I sat myself down in front of the telly and set to.
Peg loom weaving is wonderfully easy to do, and very therapeutic. A small loom like mine fits nicely on your lap and you work with the weaving away from you so that it covers your legs as you go (all will become clear!)
To start, you need to thread each of the pegs in the loom with a long piece of yarn. I used a darning needle to get my yarn through the holes and made sure that the yarn was plenty longer than the size I wanted my finished mat to be (this is to allow extra yarn to tie off the ends and make tassels). You’ll end up with 2 strands of yarn hanging down from each peg and these are known as the warp threads.
Once your loom is set up, pop it on your knee, make sure you have a bag of yarn and a cup of tea to hand, tune in to Poirot, and you’re ready for the off!
To start, you simply weave your first colour in front and behind each of the pegs in turn. When you come to the end of a row, bring the yarn round the last peg and continue the pattern. Keep going for as many rows as you want with this colour. Once you’re ready to change, get to the end of a row, trim the old yarn (leaving a nice long end to weave in), and attach your new colour with a slip knot just like in the picture above. You’re now ready for the off again, making sure that you keep the ‘in front then behind’ pattern correct as you go. For neatness always change colour at the same edge of your loom.
As you weave, your work will progress up to the top of the pegs. Once you’ve got to this stage, it’s time to clear the pegs to allow you to continue.
You do this by carefully lifting up one peg at a time from its hole, pushing the weaving down the warp threads and replacing the empty peg back into its hole.
Your work will slide safely down the warp threads and you just have to push it back up again once all the pegs are back in their holes. You’re reading to continue weaving. Repeat this process until your work reaches the required length.
To finish your work, take it off the pegs but don’t push it back up this time. Instead make sure you leave a good 6 inches of warp thread showing and then snip the warp close to the pegs to remove them. You should now have your weaving with long warp threads on either end.
In order to secure your weaving, you’ll need to knot tassels at either end. To do this you take one warp thread from one channel, and one from the channel next to it, then knot them together (see the two single threads in the photo)
Do this at both ends of the weaving, then trim the tassels to whatever length you like.
All that’s left to do then is to weave in the loose ends on the back of the mat.
Once I finished my first mat, I made another the same size and they now have pride of place in the rear footwells in my car 🙂