A couple of months ago, I published my new eBook on weaving jewelry with stick looms: See LINK
My friend, Donna McFarland of Dewberry Ridge Looms was looking at the photos when her husband, Gary, walked by the computer.
Donna told me that he said:’ Those have to be Noreen’s designs, right?’ and she agreed.
He then mused that he would like to make stick looms.
Well… I was delighted, and immediately asked if they would consider building peg looms.
I have a couple of peg looms, but felt that they could use a re-design with improvements that I knew Gary could build.
After lots of conversations, Gary and Donna have created the most wonderful peg looms!
Here’s the link to order them LINK
They are truly the Rolls Royce of the Peg Loom world!
Here’s what I asked for, and they have designed and created:
1: Taller pegs so I could see more of the weaving emerging before having to advance the warp. This is especially important in weaving tapestries on the peg loom.
2: Fine wooden pegs that are slimmer and closer together to give a firmer, tighter weave. A close sett avoids too loose, loopy fabric.
Another important note about the pegs: I asked for close grain wood for the pegs, as smooth pegs that don’t catch the weft are essential. Gary has found the perfect wood for the pegs that is smooth as silk. He also carefully shapes the top of the pegs to make them guide the yarn beautifully. His attention to detail is exquisite!
3: A really nice threading tool – I came up with a rather crude one, and Gary totally surpassed my concept.
4: Legs that would stabilize the looms- Gary’s design for the legs is so elegant that it knocked my socks off!
Donna and Gary came up with some neat ideas, too.
They suggested tilting the looms backward slightly. This is brilliant, as it improves the ergonomics of the loom enormously and makes the loom more comfortable to work with.
They also decided to offer a loom with 3 sizes of pegs, for people who want to work with larger pegs.
Personally, I am so smitten with the thinnest pegs that I probably will just be working with them and not the larger pegs, but Gary and Donna wanted to appeal to the widest possible group of weavers.
Gary also decided to make the base of the loom removable in case a peg gets stuck. What a great idea!
Peg looms are eco friendly, as they are great for using t shirt yarn, or tarn, or fabric strips torn from discarded clothing.
And, I am working on a new book for peg loom weaving, so do stay tuned for that
I have made a little video that introduces the Dewberry Ridge Peg Loom: