The hands have not been idle.

"Hourglass," Weave-it Weaves, p 11.

“Hourglass,” Weave-it Weaves, p 11.

I made this pretty square and followed the instructions to the T. (To the T? Did I make that up? I don’t think so . . .) But I’m not wholly satisfied with that extra long stitch in the middle. (However, if you like the idea of that long stitch being the sand that runs through the hourglass, you might not want to change it.) I know exactly why it’s there though.

And I figured out how to fix it.

"Hourglass (modified)."

“Hourglass (modified).”

You have to get tricky during the warping process.

First, go to eloomanation.com and download, or open, the Weave-it Weaves PDF.

http://www.eloomanation.com/pdf/1938WeaveItWeaves.pdf

Print it and write this on page 11: Hourglass modified—Warp layers 1-3 as usual. If cutting after layer 3, unwind back to strand 16 (total number of vertical strands from layers 1 and 3) and thread under horizontal strand #8. Tie on next color and continue. If cutting after winding (4 3/4 times), go back then and thread under strand #8.

Then follow the directions for weaving as printed in the manual.

***Click on photo to see larger version. Click on back arrow to return to these instructions.

Photo shows how layer 3 has been modified.

Photo shows how layer 3 has been modified.

Please note that because layer 1 was not altered, the two squares look the same on the back.

The reverse sides are identical.

The reverse sides are identical.

Coming soon: a Sue Burton original, the Sunken Heart pattern stitch . . .

Sunken Heart

Sunken Heart

Sunken Heart

Sunken Heart with finished edge.

This morning on, our walk, my dog Maggie and I walked by our neighbor Tom Martin’s yard. He’s the kind of neighbor who wins City Beautification awards. (I’m not.)

Tom has a new young Japanese maple planted in his yard.

You know that feeling you get when you see a little puppy? I had that feeling upon seeing his new plant. Japanese maples are my favorite shrubs. I’ve planted five and have six at my home.

A-few-years-old Japanese maple growing in my yard.

A-few-years-old Japanese maple growing in my yard.

As Maggie and I completed our walk, I reflected on how pretty young things are. And I almost wished I could keep them that way–saplings, puppies, me. But I thought of the majesty of my other Japanese maples.

Japanese maple over twenty years old.

Japanese maple over twenty years old.

Japanese maple around 18 years old.

Japanese maple around 18 years old.

The red one has been pruned several times, but the green one hasn’t. They’re gorgeous, if you like that sort of thing (which I do).

And I thought about how enjoyable an older dog is–less work, more companiable. Puppies are delightful in all their stages of life, but there’s nothing like an older dog.

12-year-old Maggie.

12-year-old Maggie.

I also thought about President Uchtdorf’s talk entitled “The Gift of Grace.”

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/the-gift-of-grace?lang=eng

President Uchtdorf says we weren’t meant to stay in or return to Eden. We’re meant to progress. And we’re going to get pruned.

Years ago, Elder Nelson gave a talk on aging. He said, “The aging process is also a gift from God, as is death. The eventual death of your mortal body is essential to God’s great plan of happiness.”

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/decisions-for-eternity?lang=eng

What I remember most about it was that he said, or implied, that if we didn’t age we wouldn’t want to die.

I’m aging. Sad truth. I don’t like some of it, but there are things I appreciate about being older. I can’t say I’m more beautiful, but I’m kinder. Like the Japanese maples in the photos, I’m more apt to give shelter than censure. My interests, abilities, and influence spread farther than I realize. And I would never consent to return to the state of ignorance I once enjoyed (ignorance was bliss).

However, I feel old. I feel big. My body is yet capable of more movement than my current girth allows. My hip joints hurt and I have to move carefully. Part of me remembers physical youth–even as recently as a few years ago’s youth–and misses it.

Why does this tell me there is a God? Because there’s no logical reason why we shouldn’t go on and on and on. Our bodies are capable of rejuvenation. They renew themselves within a seven-year period. I’m a reasonably healthy, fairly uninjured person. I’m clever, accomplished, and eager to do more. Why can’t I go on living as a youngster? Because God says no.

I’m OK with that. As painful and uncomfortable and unattractive as aging is, I trust God. I know He’s trustworthy. I know it. And I know He’s got the whole world in His hands. We’re safe with Him.

How to join pin loom squares together is a puzzle that plagues us all. This post is an attempt to ameliorate the struggle.

As Count Rugen said, “Remember, this is for posterity so be honest.” I would amend that statement to “be thorough.” To be honest, I’ve been as thorough as I can stand (up to now). So if this tutorial isn’t something future, as well as present, generations can use, at least it’s helpful to me. I’ve assembled what I’ve learned by experience. If it helps someone else, great. There are many useful sites Out There, so this one may not be the last word in how to join those little squares we’re all getting so fond of making. Read More →