If you’re not a member of the Pin Loom Weaving Support Group on Facebook and you are a pin loom weaver, you might want to join up just to see what’s going on.

What’s been going on lately, among other topics, is a discussion of overshot weaving. I still don’t have a clear, concise definition, but ignorance hasn’t stopped me from attempting these patterns posted and freely shared with the group. Thanks to Amber Vigil and Judie Eatough for sharing their work with us!

I fell in love with Amber’s Overshot Diamonds pattern and have tried it out in a couple of color combinations.

Overshot Diamonds--1st iteration

Overshot Diamonds–1st attempt

Overshot Diamonds--reiteration

Overshot Diamonds–2nd

Here are the instructions for Amber Vigil’s Overshot Diamonds (included here with Amber’s permission):

Step 1: Weave an entire plainweave square to form the “background”

This is what the mesh background looks like. Then you weave into it.

This is what the mesh background looks like. Then you weave into it.

Step 2: Weave the overshot pattern between each of the “background” rows. The overshot rows are variations of (u2, o1, u2, o3) or (o2, u1, o2, u3) with the repeat starting in different places within the row. While weaving, I would look at how the row started and then say 2-1-2-3 to myself as I wove over & under.
Row 1: u1; (o2, u1, o2, u3) x3; o2, u1, o2, u1
Row 2: u2; (o3, u2, o1, u2) x3; o3, u2
Row 3: repeat Row 1
Row 4: (o2, u3, o2, u1) x3; o2, u3, o2
Row 5: u3; (o1, u2, o3, u2) x3; o1, u3
Row 6: repeat Row 4
Repeat rows 1-6 until the end.


Judie posted a cute pattern with hearts and diamonds, so I tried it out too. I wanted to try new colors, but I think I’d prefer the hearts in red . . . next time.

Hearts--front view

Hearts–front view

Hearts--reverse side

Hearts–reverse side

Judie’s graph can be found at: Handweaving.net

With her permission, I’m posting the instructions I typed out here. They’re slightly different from her graph.

Judie Eatough: Hearts for the Pin Loom

Create a “mesh canvas” by weaving layers 1-4 with thin yarn (MC). Then go back and reweave layers 2 and 4 with a thicker, HIGH CONTRAST (CC) yarn between the existing rows. (Use 8 1/2 wraps of yarn around the pins.)

Row 1: O1, U1, O4, U2, O1, U2, O4, U1, O4, U2, O1, U2, O4, U1, O1
Row 2: U3, (O2, U2, P3, U2, O2, U3) x 2
Row 3: U1, O1, U4, O2, U1, O2, U4, O1, U4, O2, U1, O2, U4, O1, U1
Row 4: O3, (U2, O2, P3, O2, U2, O3) x 2
Row 5: O1, (U1, O2, U2, O2) x 4, U1, O1
Row 6: Rpt R2
Row 7: U1, (O1, U2, O2, U2) x 4, O1, U1
Row 8: O3, (U2, O2, U3, O2, U2, O3) x 2

Repeat R1-8 three times, then R1-6 once more, for a total of 30 rows. (You can weave Row 7 one more time [for a total of 31 rows] to complete the point at the top of the last section of diamonds, but this will give you a loose, unfinished-looking edge at the top of your work. I recommend keeping the overshot weaving to a total of 30 rows between the rows of underweaving.) (I suppose you could plain weave that 31st row with the CC. I still think I prefer the overshot threads encased by the mesh threads.)

Both Amber’s and Judie’s patterns can be downloaded from the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group.

I videoed two segments using Weave-it’s zigzag pattern today. I’m afraid the lighting wasn’t the greatest and the choice of colors is uninspiring (though the square is a little prettier in person). I’m working on the two-color video segment right now, but am not sure I’ll keep it. Also, I happened to choose the most difficult configuration for an introduction on two-color warping, so . . . we shall see what comes of it. For now, here is the rough draft version of this post.

Weave-it Weaves "Zig-Zag" pattern in different colors.

Weave-it Weaves “Zig-Zag” pattern in different colors.


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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