I'm often reminded of a Classical myth of Dido when I'm cutting t-shirts into weft.
The King of Tyre (in Phoenicia), Belus, wanted to split his kingdom among his two children: Pygmalion and Dido. Upon his father's death, Pygmalion seized the throne and killed Dido's husband forcing Dido and her followers to flee to the north of Africa. Iarbus, the local ruler of the land, promised Dido he'd sell as much of his land as the hide of a bull would cover. Clever Dido agreed to this seemingly foolish bond. She cut the hide into small strips which encircled a vast amount of land which became her kingdom (queendom?) of Carthage.
Story referenced from: http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Cr-Dr/Dido.html
Calling all Latin and Greek students to set me straight if I've misrepresented Dido's story.