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Grandma's Union loom was brought to The Valley in 1988 and we began to weave rag rugs using the childrens old clothing. Soon the news was out and others brought their old jeans, sheets, and rags for us to weave into rugs for them.
Here we are working hard at warping the loom for another batch of rugs. It takes about 4 hours with both of us to warp the loom.Rag Rugs
sewing, and weaving, but the enjoyment of weaving
in the Granary, which has no phone, or tv,
just the woodburning
stove to keep us warm in Winter, outweighs the time involved.
Wool is usually cleaned and carded by hand or machine before spinning begins. We started with Sheep wool which is easiest to handle for beginners. After it is spun it may be plyed together (two spun strands twisted together)and then used for knitting or weaving. We have made mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, and afghans with wool from The Valley.
The bottom right image is the first wool that I spun and plyed and is now ready for knitting....Oh, there is nothing like being Wild and Wooley!!
Warning! If you are thinking of learning to spin beware! This activity is highly addictive and may consume time, money and common sense!
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