Peg looms can be used to make many items using various materials

How to use a peg loom.

Peg loom with instructions

With a length of yarn about 2 or 3 times the length you require for your finished work. Thread one end through the hole in each peg. Pull through the hole until both ends are the same length, these form the warp of your work.

Once all pegs are threaded and in their holes on the base, knot the ends of 3 pegs together along the length of the loom. Start your weaving a few pegs in from the side of the loom working to the edge.

Go round the end pin then weave in and out of the pegs. When you have nearly reached the top of the pegs lift each peg from the hole and slide your work down the warp. Replace each peg as you go along the loom.

If you need to join more yarn it can be joined either by overlapping through several pegs or using a reef knot Carry on in this way until your work has reached the length you require. Make sure you slide all of your work down the warp threads so you have no gaps. A gentle tug on the warp threads will pull them all through so they are laid flat and level.

To finish, cut warp threads free from pegs and knot in the same way as the start of project. You can then either leave as tassles or, using a large eyed needle, thread them up through the work in the direction of the other warp threads. Any other loose threads you may find can also be sewn in to the weft threads (the ones that go from side to side) in the same way.

What Material can be used

Just about anything can be used to weave on your loom: Fleece can be combed and rolled to make lengths for weaving. Leftover wool can be used and colours mixed to suit, if using a thin wool then try winding two balls together for a thicker yarn, if you have a loom with closer smaller gauge pegs then thin wool can make a lovely winter scarf Lengths of material can be cut into long strips 1 inches wide, gently twist the material as you weave for more strength in the finished article. Old towels can be cut and woven to make bath mats. You can even cut and use old plastic bags in the same way Always ensure that the yarn/string you have chosen for your warp threads is strong enough to support the finished article As well as the obvious use of the loom to make mats, pieces of work can be sewn together to make cosy winter throws, smaller pieces made from fleece are especially comfortable as seat covers and are very warm. Fleece mats will not take heavy continuous wear but are lovely for bedside mats.

How to wash natural fleece

To wash natural fleece mats simply place in hot water containing some washing up liquid and leave to soak, then rinse in clear water and leave to dry as flat as possible. Do not agitate the mat in the water as this is what causes fleece to turn to felt. Once you have mastered the technique the uses are only as limited as your imagination.