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Weaving Sticks
    
Weaving is the intertwining or lacing together of threads and yarns into fabrics.  The making of cloth dates back thousands of years starting with coarse fabrics made from grasses and leaves. By twisting together  and stretching out handfuls of plant fibers, a fine string or thread was made.  With this development, came the beginning of spinning, weaving, and hand stitching.  The first weaving started with narrow bands that  were woven by hand, followed by the progression to loom weaving. Going as far back as ancient Egypt, weaving linen and spinning thread were important for personal household economy as well as a source of income.

     
Early American immigrants are known to have used weaving sticks.  However, the Crusaders were first credited with introducing Europeans to the technique of weaving

     Bones deposited in the tomb of a Mayan woman were rare examples of weaving tools, (FAMSI research Department). 

The weaving sticks contained in this kit greatly resemble several deer bone artifacts on display at Historic Spanish Point, Florida dating back 4000 years ago.      



     Sticks for weaving can vary in quantity and size, from 3/8" for a thicker weave, to 5/16" for a finer weave.  As few as two sticks or five can be used at one time, depending on the width of your project. 
     Stick weaving is an easy and transportable way of creating a basket weave texture without a cumbersome frame.  Make  useful items as large as rugs,  blankets, afghans and pillows, or  smaller items like purses, belts, and bracelets.  All can be made using  natural fibers, textured yarns, ribbons and threads. 

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