I have never known myself to get to the end of a first-time project and remember to photograph the end processes. So, I have no photos of the final assembly of the scarecrow. However, if you purchased the pattern, you have the same instructions I followed.

I tried a couple of different techniques:

  1. I sewed the raffia to the scarecrow’s head (remember I don’t like glue) before assembling the hat.
  2. I sewed the hat to the head (I don’t know if that was part of the instructions or not; by the end I was doing whatever I thought needed to be done to complete the project).
  3. Got the idea to add a crow from Bee Sroe on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group.
  4. I added the Mini Pumpkin from the Halloween Pin Loom Set by Deborah Bagley.

    Ta da!

    Ta da!

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Once upon a time I took an art class wherein we were to determine, by process of elimination, which medium we worked best in. We did collage, wire sculpture, printmaking, and paint. Of the 8 or 9 students in the class, I was the only one who made a two-dimensional (rather than 3-D) sculpture. It seemed three-dimensional stuff was not my thing. (Actually I was thinking practically: “I’ve got to get this home on the airplane, so it has to fit in my luggage without getting smashed.) I can work three-dimensionally, but I’m not going to use this scarecrow to prove it.

So far . . .

So far . . .

He’s not terrible-looking, but I’m a little concerned about the arm and shoulder on the right (in the photo). I don’t know what happened there. While I was willing to remake his jeans, I was not willing to disassemble his shirt and sleeve structure. Let’s just say I’ve learned a lot from this experience.

If you think I’m going to say I learned that I’m not good at it and should quit while I’m only a little bit behind the rest of the kids, you don’t know me. I’m not good at it, this is true, but it’s because I lack experience. I’m going to have to get me some more.

I’m almost done with this guy and we’ll just see what lies on my horizon.

In attempt to avoid making excuses again, I shall offer an explanation and insight into my personal make-up.

I like to make squares, but somehow putting things together daunts me. BUT only when it’s something new. For example, I don’t bat an eyelash at joining squares anymore. If a procedure is new to me though, it can take me days (or longer) to sit myself down and make myself learn the new thing.

Today’s new thing is raffia. I told you I’d never previously owned any, which includes never having worked with it. And, OK, it wasn’t just the raffia–specifically it was attaching the raffia to the scarecrow.

I don’t like glue.

Finally I settled on sewing the raffia to the squares. That decision made, it was THE SIMPLEST THING to sit down at the sewing machine and stitch the stuff in place.

Make that, THE WRONG place. Yeah.

Jeans legs post-amending. I wanted the yarn tails at the top of the squares where I think I'll need them for sewing. I sewed the first one on the yarn tail edge. You probably won't want to do that.

Jeans legs post-amending. I wanted the yarn tails at the top of the squares where I think I’ll need them for sewing. I machine stitched the first one on the yarn tail edge. You probably won’t want to do that.

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I’m obsessed with the houndstooth check pattern of weaving.

Houndstooth check requires a different warping and weaving style. It’s not the three layer warp method. It’s definitely not bias weaving. It isn’t exactly two-layer warping though it most closely resembles that style. Because of its roguish nature, you can play around with it a lot while warping, and even a bit while weaving. It produces this fascinating geometric design. I’m not all that crazy about the end result; it’s the process that grips me.

5" and 4" Houndstooth Check squares

5″ and 4″ Houndstooth Check squares

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