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is the intertwining or lacing together of threads and yarns into
fabrics. The making of cloth dates back thousands of years starting
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.
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.