I received a note today, written in Spanish, asking for clarification on a pattern I posted nearly two years ago: the “Diamonds Stitch” pattern weave*.

“Diamonds Stitch” square, still on loom

I don’t speak Spanish, so in order to understand and respond I had to employ Google Translator. I hope it worked. While I was figuring out what to say, I noticed the pattern was recorded in my old style of writing instructions, so I decided to update them. While I’m at it, I’ll also include more instructions on working in ends, along with instructions on improving the overall look of your squares—for those who care about such things. Read More →

We started a new Weekly Weave-Along on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group. It’s been a busy week at home and on the board, but I finally finished all four squares for last week’s WWAL.

The original pattern, "Double Diagonal," from the Weave-It Magic Squares book.

The original pattern, “Double Diagonal,” from the Weave-It Magic Squares book–designated “Top Right Square.”

After weaving the first block, I decided I’d rather preserve the orientation of the corners for joining purposes, therefore, the pattern would have to be rewritten for four different directions.

A simulation of what many squares combined would look like.

A simulation of what many squares combined would look like.

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While some patterns might look best in only one color, far more of them look better with two or more. But what to do with all those pesky ends? If you’re not a knot fan, you’ll want to leave yarn tails, but wouldn’t it be better to work in as many as possible while you’re weaving instead of saving them all till the end?

Yarn tails everywhere!

Yarn tails everywhere!

In this post I’ll briefly discuss selecting colors that look good together (according to principles of art and my opinion). Then I’ll demonstrate how to use two colors and prepare the loom so you can work in some of the ends as you weave.

Hopefully everyone knows what complementary colors are (“A secondary color that, when combined with the primary color whose wavelength it does not contain, produces white light” Dictionary.com). One color completes the other, making a complement. So, complementary colors are a safe bet when choosing colors, right? Yes, sort of. You also have to take into account color temperature and value (the lightness or darkness of the hue). Read More →

UPDATE (22 AUG 2019): For updated and better information on Two-layer Warping (2LW), please see the Topical Guide on Adventures in Pin Loom Weaving. Scroll down to the bottom for several links to instructions.

Two-Layer Warping (2LW) opens the door to a world of ultra-cool patterns. It’s a step closer to weaving on other looms. You’ll learn a bit more about how weaving works, and 2LW will help you understand the three-layer warping process more fully.

Three samples of two-layer warp patterns.

Samples of two-layer warp patterns.

This post covers 2LW on the Weave-it and comparable looms. Loomette offers a slightly different approach which will be covered in a subsequent post. Read More →