Arts, Culture and History (AC5) Folklore and Ethnology Weaving Project 2014/2015
In order to introduce some practical element to the course, the AC5 class decided on making a tapestry during the year. The apprentice teachers made peg looms for the AC5 class from a prototype supplied by Paula Harvey (teacher). A peg loom consists of a rectangular block of wood which has perforated holes along one surface. The pegs or dowels are perforated at one end and these fit into the holes on the block. Thread is fed through the perforated pegs, using two metre length yarn per loom, and it is then a simple process of looping the thread back and forth through the pegs, building up the weave. A plea for wool was issued amongst the DFEi staff and before long we had accumulated a ‘rastafarian’ collection of material!
On a regular basis throughout the year, the learners worked on the project. A collection of strips have now been woven and they will be stitched together to form a wall hanging by the end of the academic year. Overall, the learners enjoyed this activity and found it relaxing, while some discovered their creative side!