According to Look What Came from China book, first rugs came from China, and I had make a rug in our China activity bucket list. I planned to just use a felt square and decorate it, but Smarty informed me that she wants to weave a rug and produced her science book What Is It Made Of? that contained instructions on making a cardboard loom. I ended up using a weaving tutorial at Made by Joel for our first attempt at rug weaving. It sort of worked, but the resulting rug was very coarse and only partially held together. It might be due to me not knowing how to secure the ends properly or due to the fact that our yarn was very thick and the distance between threads was rather large. At this point my husband got interested in the project and started to look at looms online. He came up with very ambitious ideas for a semi-mechanical loom, but decided to start with a simple peg loom first and enlisted Smarty's help in building it. She was excited to help him with some of the jobs such as sawing and cutting pegs for the loom out of bamboo skewers.
Smarty was struggling with the weaving pattern at first, but my husband made her a “needle” out of a popsicle stick that really helped her to keep the pattern. We also learned not to make a thread too long to avoid tangling and knots. It was interesting for me to see how focused she stayed on this activity putting a good 30-45 minutes every day into weaving a small rug. Now we have to figure out how to take it off the loom without unraveling it. Any ideas will be appreciated!