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    I bought a peg loom from Fluffy Squirrel's hubby and I have taken it to school. I've been cutting up t-shirts at school (primary school with 13 pupils) so the pupils and staff can contribute to and participate in the making of a rug. This is a photo of the work in progress.

    Julia

    http://www1.freewebs.com/jaydee67/index.htm

  • #2
    I bet they really enjoyed doing that. Peg looms fascinate me, I still haven't worked out how they work. lol.
    Carol
    God helps them that help themselves.

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    • #3
      It's fabulous!! I, too, don't see how it works...how you get the work off without dropping "stitches" ... going to google....

      Okay, so I read teh instructions...so where is all the warp in your piccie - i see it tied at the bottom, but where are all the other ends? And the holes in teh pegs - go straight up through teh center of each, or go through the diameter towards the bottom of each??

      Maybe I better google some more...my peg loom is a square....

      Okay, i think I get it...the warp that's around teh pegs IS the other end...okay...yes...yes I think it's dawning on me....this is cool.

      Okay found this -

      http://heartandsoil.blogspot.com/200...-peg-loom.html

      I can hear my husband now, saying "NO, I will not make that for you."
      Last edited by removed10; 10-02-2011, 11:36 PM.

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      • #4
        Wow! I love rag rugs and this looks like so much fun.

        I'm with Susan, a bit baffled about how you get it to work without unravelling - and not much time to google it today. A rainy day project for me one day!

        Oh, realisation is I think beginning to dawn . . . my brain may be pondering this all day while I paint!!
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        • #5
          The warp threads go through the holes in the pegs which are across the diameter of the peg and then back down. So are doubled, I have them tied at the bottom. You wind the fabric around the pegs and then lift them up (someone has started on the left of the photo) and the woven fabric moves down the warp threads. Very quick and easy, I am doing this with children age 5 and up.
          Julia

          http://www1.freewebs.com/jaydee67/index.htm

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          • #6
            It's so great to see Gord's very first commissioned peg loom being put to use... and lovely to see the in-progress photographs.

            It is a very quick and easy craft, once you get the hang of it - I love my peg loom and there are so many possibilities with it.

            You can read more about peg looms on Gord's new website - www.badgerswoodcrafts.co.uk

            Laura xx

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            • #7
              Hiya, Wendy!

              This is what I have figured out - when you lift each peg up out of it's hole, the warp is trailing down from it, being looped through it, and you push the stitches downwards and put the peg back in it's hole. So when you've "removed an entire length of stitches (from all the pegs), they are on the warp and you just beat them downward. Does that make any sense?

              I.e., you measure out the warp threads twice as long as you want the mat or rug to be, and run them through the holes at the bottom of the pegs so they are looped in half, and the ends that are dangling, the cut ends, are then tied together in groups, so that the entire warp is "doubled" and dangling from the pegs in their holes. So essentially, each warp thread is actually a double thread. And the length hanging from the pegs is the length of the project plus a little. Then when you do a row of stitches, and lift up each peg and push the stitches on it downward, they are automatically on the warp and once you get them all pushed down from each peg, you push it on down to the bottom of the warp that's hanging down.

              Am I right, Laura and Jaydee?? I def want to try this!

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              • #8
                That's exactly it Susan!
                Julia

                http://www1.freewebs.com/jaydee67/index.htm

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                • #9
                  Exactly right Susan, you should give it a try - it's great fun!! I love it

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                  • #10
                    The loom set up and ready to go (for Susan)


                    Update on the rug
                    Julia

                    http://www1.freewebs.com/jaydee67/index.htm

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                    • #11
                      Thank you! One picture is worth a thousand words!

                      The rug is terrific - about how long does it take to crank one out?

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                      • #12
                        We've been working on that one for just over a week, school days only and only when someone had time to do it. If I was doing it at home and had the fabric prepared I would think one that size would take me a couple of evenings.
                        Julia

                        http://www1.freewebs.com/jaydee67/index.htm

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                        • #13
                          The rug is looking fab, love all the different colours, and I'm sure different textures too... no wonder the kids are enjoying it

                          I really need to crack on with mine, I want to make up a few sample pieces but don't seem to have time lol,

                          How are you finding it to work with? Are the spindle thicknesses ok? What about the spacing? Is there anything which you'd like to see changed?

                          Laura xx

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                          • #14
                            If I was to change one thing I think it would be to have the holes the spindles go into a little smaller and a bit deeper as they jump out when the kids start working with them. Once they've worked up a few rows they firm up but some of them are finding it tricky but with a little help they are managing fine, can't wait to get the loom home so I can make one for myself! I'm chasing up staff to get them to do their bit now - and a couple of parents have added a bit today too.
                            Julia

                            http://www1.freewebs.com/jaydee67/index.htm

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                            • #15
                              I was making hobby horses with the older children today as part of their project on the Victorians. We are using old, odd socks for the heads and I cut up the tops of the t-shirts that hadn't been used for the rug to stuff the socks with. Even the kids were impressed with the level of recycling!
                              Julia

                              http://www1.freewebs.com/jaydee67/index.htm

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