In response to the oft repeated plea, “How does pin loom weaving work?” or “What am I doing wrong?” I take pen to paper (metaphorically) and attempt to make it all make sense. Quite likely someone has answered these questions already on the World Wide Web, but I want a post of my own. 🙂 No, I mean this post will be easy for me find and refer other folks to.

  • Where do I begin?
The basic tools: a loom (Schacht's Zoom pictured), a needle, yarn, scissors, fork, and needle.

The basic tools: yarn, a pin loom (Schacht’s Zoom pictured), scissors, needle threader, needle, fork.

  • What kind of yarn is best?

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Last year I discovered the Loomette around the same time as the Weave-it, so I bought one. Then I bought another one . . . two . . .  Somehow along the way I acquired four of them. Early on I realized the Loomette was superior to the Weave-it when it comes to two-layer warps (which I think are tricky). Loom prep is more straightforward. While two-layer warps are not my specialty they’re the obvious choice if you want total freedom when it comes to warp thread manipulation.

Example of two-layer warp, woven from the top down.

Example of a two-layer warp, woven from the top down. This is a square I warped up a long time ago–before I felt super comfortable with pin loom weaving. Now I would warp it differently.

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It’s not as if anyone was hounding me to make a video of this particular technique, but I wanted to because it will save me time describing it. I really hope it will be helpful.

Technique is shown on a Loomette loom.

The pattern is HORIZONTAL Xs, Variation 1

Row 1: Plain (P)

Even rows: P-2; U-3, P3 (4x); U-3, P-2

Odd rows: P-5; O-3, P-3 (3x); O-3, P-5

Row 16: P

The finished square

The finished square

On the Facebook group I belong to, someone asked a question about using bulky yarns on the pin loom. I happened to be the first person to see the post, so I answered as best I could. Up till then I had little experience using different types of twisted matter on the Weave-it.

Weaving with ribbon was sufficiently difficult that I never tried it again. While the sample on the right is technically made with size 4 yarns, the off-white cotton was bulkier, in size if not weight, than the others.

Though the square is lovely, Weave-it-ing with ribbon yarn was sufficiently difficult that I never tried it again. The sample on the right is made with four different worsted weight yarns, but the off-white cotton was bulkier than the others.

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