Thought I’d better release the privacy setting on this post first because you’ll need these instructions for some of the patterns you’ll soon run across. THIS IS AN ADVANCED TECHNIQUE, so beginners might find it confusing—anyone might find it confusing, but go on, give it a try. To find other L2M patterns, just type L2M in the Search box.

Layer 2 Manipulation, or L2M

As a pattern weave designer I’m frequently frustrated by my inability to use the three-layer warping method and end up with a design that’s centered on the square. Anything symmetrical, it seemed, always presented the same problem: rows 8 and 9 couldn’t repeat each other (unless they were plain weave rows) without creating a gap in the final figure (see “Hourglass Pattern“).

I discovered that a simple trick of manipulating one strand on L2 took care of this problem. It also created new problems, but I’ve dealt with those as they’ve come up.

For this sample, we’ll be weaving “Farewell Maggie” version 1. (Named in honor of my Maggie‘s passing the day I began work on this pattern.)

Maggie Nov 2015

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Welcome to my book-turned-blog: Adventures in Pin Loom Weaving!

I Love Pin Loom Weaving!

I want to share the techniques and pattern weaves I’ve developed and designed, but a formal book seems so “last year.” Preparing a book manuscript (which would take a couple of years to surface in stores) is super stressful and takes too much time away from my adventures, so I’m abandoning formal publishing in favor of an up-to-date account of my almost-daily adventures with the little loom.

Since I’m dreadful about typing my patterns as soon as they’re finished, I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind on that. It takes a lot of time to design, weave, redesign, and reweave (sometimes several times), all while taking notes. Techniques take even longer to write up because of all the step-by-step photos. I tell you this because you will likely find mistakes in what’s written here.

It was my plan to try selling some of my patterns in PDF form, but after spending two days working on that (and—shhh!—stealing time to continue designing patterns [I simply cannot stop!]) I decided to continue doing what I do best. My couch holds piles of patterns written out or diagrammed, but not yet woven, and stacks of squares not-quite-ready for release waiting to be redesigned and rewoven—I can’t spare the time to fuss with Word and formatting. I’m already used to how a blog works, so I think I can keep up a little better if I continue entering information here.

“Single Outline Heart” with beads

There may be one thing I like better than designing patterns and that’s interacting with people. So, WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG, enjoy the patterns, and please, please, please ask questions and inform me of typos and other corrections I need to make.