Maybe I should be embarrassed about the Easter basket pattern I posted earlier today; I’m not. Though not very good, it illustrates a step in pattern designing—morphing from one idea to another. Originally the green square below was part of an Easter egg design (one of many failed attempts). My husband thought it looked like a basket, so I altered it slightly, called it “Easter Basket,” and posted it here. The more I saw it, the less I liked it. It was pretty obvious how to tidy it up, so here’s the new pattern:

Easter Basket 2

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It’s been a while since I designed any patterns and I guess I’ve been missing it. Here are a few variations on the “Wall Bars” pattern I designed earlier today. (You might wonder where variations 1 and 2 went. Let’s just say they went.)

Wall Bars designs use the Slide technique. Slide means that the needle slides between the warp layers rather than going Under the L1 warps or Over the L3 warps. The L4 weft thread will be in between the warps alongside the L2 threads on either side of it. When I count the slide stitches, I tap them with my needle to keep track of them.


This one is an even and odd row repetition.

Wall Bars 3

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I received a request for clarification on how to make the Loomette afghan called The Charleston. The afghan is found on the eloomanation website in the book titled “The Loomette Handbook—New Weaves, Vogues and Suggestions” (1938). The Charleston is pictured on the cover; instructions are found on p 27 and 35. Unfortunately, there are no assembly instructions and no explanations for which squares go where. Without actually attempting to assemble the concoction myself, I don’t know how helpful I can be…

I hope it’s OK to use this modified version of the photo from the Loomette Handbook (see link above). It’s really helpful to be able to see the layout of the afghan.

The Charleston afghan on point

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This pattern was adapted from the Bucilla Dictionary of Magic-Loom Weaving Stitches, pattern 11. My version doesn’t look like the original, but that’s where I got the idea. The Bucilla Magic-Loom has 32 warps and 32 wefts (see this post for more information on the Bucilla Magic-Loom), so I had to trim out the extra warp and weft. This is what I came up with…

“Bucilla 11, modified, variation 1” shown here on the loom, front and back. Notice the extra long floats on the back of the square.

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