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 →

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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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 →

Once in a while it’s good to revisit an old pattern, re-examine an old way of doing things–it shows you how far you’ve come, but also, there’s almost always more to learn. I’ve done this week’s WAL pattern before–a number of times–but not recently. If I dare say so, I’ve come a long way, baby. I’ve been experiencing this pattern over again as if for the first time: seeing it presented from someone else’s perspective.

"Diagonal Stripes," versions 1-4.

“Diagonal Stripes,” versions 1-4

Video: Diagonal Stripes Pattern Tutorial

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