for MW

So, here’s what I was thinking as I constructed a 49 pins-per-side loom today: “Why don’t all the loommakers send me samples of their looms so I can promote them and extend their product’s usability?” (This is how I think while poking 192 holes and then placing 192 pins in a cardboard loom.) And then I realized, “Why should they? I’m plugging their products even though I don’t own any of them.”

(Apparently I need to clarify the above paragraph. It was meant as something of a joke. It’s probably selfish of me to wish my grunt work on others. I didn’t mean to solicit offers!)

Today’s ad features a 12″ x 12″ loom (what I’d call a bias loom) with 49-per-side equidistant pins.

12″ x 12″ loom — photo by Theresa Jewell. Used with permission.

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If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s making the required pieces for a project; attaching them to each other is another matter.

On the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group we’re working on two weave-alongs. One is a darling party dress for an 18″ doll—pattern courtesy of Hazel Spencer from Hazel Rose Looms. I’m working on the pieces for it.

The light pick yarn (second from upper left) was a bit too thin for my taste, so I'm combining it with the fuchsia crochet thread. These squares will be the body of the dress. The dark pink fluffy yarn (upper right) will be the skirt--very fancy indeed.

The light pink yarn (second from upper left) was a bit too thin for my taste, so I’m combining it with the fuchsia crochet thread. These squares will be the body of the dress. The dark pink fluffy yarn (upper right) will be the skirt—very fancy indeed.

Skip on over to Hazel’s blog for info on the lacy edge stitch she created for the skirt hem. I’m not sure if she wanted me to share the pattern on my blog or not, so to be safe, I won’t. You can join the Facebook group and find the instructions in the Files section.

Hazel Rose Party Dress.

Hazel Rose Party Dress.

Stay tuned for more updates on my Party Dress Progress.

View finished dress here: Doll Dress Weave-Along Finale.

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Little by little we're going to make this guy!

Little by little we’re going to make this guy!

I want to start with excuses–why it’s taking me so long to make my scarecrow. First of all, it’s faster to make one if you don’t have to write about making it. Second excuse, I spent a large chunk of my errand time on Saturday trying to find raffia that wasn’t completely desiccated-looking (hmph, I thought that word had two Ss and one C, but I was wrong). Third, I had to rewrite my “Houndstooth Check on the Loomette” blog post. Where is the rewrite? you ask. Don’t ask. It’ll be here . . . (I wrote it on index cards as I wove.)

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Can't post a photo of what I haven't made yet. Stay tuned.

Can’t post a photo of what I haven’t made yet. Stay tuned.

On the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group we’re hosting a weave-along of a different kind. We’re following a commercial pattern invented by one of the group members. Be sure to visit Deborah Bagley’s Yarnovations for the Halloween Pin Loom Projects set. We’re making the scarecrow from that set. Isn’t he a cutie?

We need to make several plain weave (PW) squares for the project, but they don’t absolutely have to be plain weave. I figured as long as I’m making squares, and don’t have to make too many, instead of PW, I’d practice some skills and revisit some of my earlier blog posts. I decided on 2/2 Twill for the scarecrow’s jeans, which means using the Two-Layer Warp method (2LW). And I decided to use my Loomette to make the houndstooth pattern for his shirt. Read More →