Have you seen one of these? Similar to the old pot holder looms, but I think they predate them. Check out these websites for more info: http://www.eloomanation.com/ for old Weave-it and Loomette publications dated late ’40’s; and http://www.rogersstark.com/wool/weave/weave.htm for a how-to on building one.
I found the second link after my dad had kindly constructed the one you see in the photo. It works great! I did my first patch last evening in about 30 minutes. The crochet hook worked OK, but it needs to be skinnier with a deeper hook, so will probably make one out of a clothes hanger. I just used a simple weave pattern, as shown in the first link above. However, they’re some more complex weaves shown in the vintage publications which I may try at some point.
I was fascinated by one of these looms that I saw at the Sewing Expo in Chantilly. My hope is that I can use some of the wool that I spun last year with my drop spindle; tho I’m thinking it may be a bit thick. However, the yarn cousin Barb sent me from their alpacas should be just right! So I’ll try another test patch with improved hook, then go for the fibre!