It’s been a while since I developed any usable patterns. (I spent some time a few weeks ago working on one that turned out ugly every time—sigh.) Hence the lack of posts. In my silence I’ve acquired several new subscribers—welcome!

A couple of years ago (or more) I started working on pin loom patterns reminiscent of quilt blocks. This was after I began drawing the pattern diagrams on graph paper (instead of writing out all the instructions), but before I drew them on the computer. Few, if any, of the quilt block patterns have been transferred to electronic media. Some of them are pretty cool, if I say so myself. Perhaps posting this new quilt block inspired pattern will start an avalanche. Maybe.

I don’t know if “Kissing Triangles” is a legitimate quilt block name, but it sounded likely.

(See also: Triangle Kiss post.)

Kissing Triangles

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Modified Two-Layer Warping (2LW) is what you might call a CHALLENGE TECHNIQUE. You can certainly weave this pattern in regular two-layer warp fashion—alternately weaving an L4, then an L2 row. You could also manipulate the layers while warping (usually referred to as Layer 2 Manipulation, or L2M). I think it’s easier to combine two- and three-layer warping-and-weaving.

Reversible Stars, front

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There’s this phenomenon—what shall we call it? Designing Disease—that happens when I begin posting patterns and commenting on them. Fever strikes and I begin designing anew. Today’s patterns are variations on yesterday’s. (These also, sadly, have no names.) All are warped in L1/2-4 configuration. Seems to be a rule of thumb that when weaving Over and Under groups (usually O3 or U3, but not always), layers 3 and 4, at least, should be the same color.

This first one turned out rather disappointing because I didn’t use high contrast colors (I’m out of practice!), but I think it might be an interesting design. It uses Layer 2 Manipulation (L2M) which might sound intimidating, but is really quite simple. (See also Hourglass pattern on Windsweptmind.)

June 25 2016 small notebook 3 sub 1 — featuring L2M

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A PLW friend’s birthday is today, so in her honor—because she’s so supportive of my pattern designing attempts—I’m posting some new patterns.

I haven’t given much thought to PL patterns lately. I’d felt so discouraged recently trying to post the patterns I designed earlier this year (but didn’t post while they were fresh in my mind) that I essentially gave up on them.

The squares in this post are a small stack of experimental designs based on a pattern originally devised 25 June 2016. They’re listed in the order they were woven. You might notice the evolution of certain ideas and motifs. A few are interesting, but none of them have proper names. Read More →