Ready for the next phase of the Book Weave-Along?

Start out with your loom warped up with two colors. (For this demonstration I used the simpler method of two-color weaving, i.e. NOT working in ends as I go.)

***REMEMBER: YOU CAN CLICK ON A PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT. CLICK THE BACK ARROW (UPPER LEFT CORNER OF SCREEN) TO RETURN TO THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

Two-color warping (simple method) all ready for weaving.

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A member of the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group residing in the UK asked today about how to use a loom with equidistant pins (hereinafter referred to as “bias looms”). The only instructions she could find were for three-pin configured looms such as Weave-It and Zoom Loom. Someone asked her to post a photo of her loom—which was a wise thing to do. We all assumed she had a Loomette-type of loom (which I’ve written about before), but hers was different. The Loomette (which is not a bias loom) has 21 pins per side and no corner pins, for a total of 23 spaces. Our UK member’s loom has corner pins with 20 per side—for a total of 19 spaces.

Loom with 20 pins per side, all equally spaced

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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 →

If there’s anyone out there still reading my blog (stats tell me I get the occasional visitor)—just want to let you know I’m still here, still weaving, knitting, crocheting, and occasionally sewing.

I have an idea about my pin loom patterns and “book.” If you’ve read the assorted blurbs on the Sue’s Book tab of this blog, you’ll see I vacillate. My original intention was to write and publish a children’s book, but after many years of serious effort I’ve abandoned the idea (maybe temporarily, maybe permanently). Lately I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a pin loom weaving book—well, more than toyed—I’ve put in some serious effort and had significant assistance from my friend, Tanja in the Netherlands, who is a typing wizard. She transcribed all the notes I sent her and paired them with the photos I sent her.

Here’s what part of it looks like (in miniature):

a glimpse of the Library of Patterns

Obviously Tanja couldn’t type up the stuff I didn’t send her . . . and haven’t sent her. I’ve been whipping up more patterns in the last week, and playing around with color combinations and pattern variations. I still write everything out by hand, but I’m slightly more organized about it now—I write on note cards and keep each card with its square in a Ziploc bag.

Old way . . .

New way

You might have noticed the photos are blurry. I did that on purpose for a couple of reasons. One is to protect the patterns’ privacy. The other is that we’re having a swap on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group and I don’t want to give away any surprises (because I might be using some of these squares in the swap).

So, my idea is to give up on the idea of a book—my heart isn’t in it; I just like making up the patterns—and instead, release the patterns here under their own tab. That way we can all have access to my patterns instead of waiting for a day that likely will never arrive (if it’s up to me it isn’t to be—unfortunately).

Any comments?