Oxford Summer School

Peg Looms and Weaving Sticks

Monday 8th August for 3 days — Cost: £156

Tutor: Caroline Marriott

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Peg looms and weaving sticks are two simple types of looms but they are also very versatile. You can make big chunky mats on a peg loom but also produce fine decorative work incorporating the weaving techniques used on more traditional looms. The looms come in several sizes and depending on the thickness of the peg you will get a thicker or thinner outcome. The materials you use will also affect your work. Bring with you any wool and fabric you have. All fabrics need to be used or well washed as new fabric is stiff and will not weave well. We will cut the fabric into strips.

You can use all types of wool, thick and thin, plain and fancy, it will all add to the colour and texture of your work. We will begin by all weaving a small bag. This will enable you to learn to warp these looms up and understand how they work. Weaving is quite quick once you get started.

By looking at the examples of work I will bring with me you can then decide on what you wish to make. In the afternoon of day 1 the tutor will talk with each student individually about their plans and consider the materials neededand how they are going to set up their loom. We will also cover some finishing tecniques.

On day 2 everyone will set up their loom and weave their own piece. Throughout the day there will be demonstrations of hatching and shading and how to make patterns and pictures which students can then incorporate into their work.

On the final day students will continue weaving on their looms and be given the advice they need. We will look at each others work and swap ideas. Students should bring wool and fabrics, a sewing kit, scissors and a notebook and pen.

The tutor will provide looms, but if you have one do bring it with you.

Materials to Bring

Warp thread Double knit cotton or wool with a high viscose content.

Warp threads need to be strong.

Fabrics that can be cut into strips. Old clothing, curtains, duvet covers, scarves, any fabric that has been washed and ironed a lot.

Wool of any thickness.

Sewing kit to include fabric cutting scissors, a tapestry needle and some sewing threads.