Gotta admit, I like design challenges. I like them best when they work out, of course. This one did. A friend and member of the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group asked if I could design a square that looked like the stripes of a flag waving in the wind. After a number of attempts—and several rejected ideas—this is what I arrived at.
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(make two for the Fall Banner)
One-Color Sample: RHS “Tangerine”
And here’s yet another pattern I developed for the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group September 2017 Square Swap. The Star is one I’ve attempted before without success—the drawing was so bad I never even wove a sample. But this time around something clicked. I tried a couple different versions and this one turned out really nice, I think. (If you’re not in love with it, feel free to design your own.) Again, I only wove two-color samples, in LOTS of colors—I think I prefer white as the main color though (L1-3: white, L4: contrast color). You can see that I used variegated yarn in some of the samples. I think it works as long as the colors blend well and are the same value (low-contrast).
Summer’s the time to celebrate independence and liberty. I don’t know enough about French holidays to know if you’re supposed to say, “Happy Bastille Day” (July 14), but it seems like a thing to celebrate to me. I also don’t know anything about French politics, but I embrace the basic concept of liberty, equality, and brotherhood.
In “Old Glory” we learned how to change colors during L4. This tutorial will demonstrate “fussy” color changing in the warping layers. I use a reverse slip knot to secure yarn quickly to the loom (I use my fingers to make the knot rather than a crochet hook). It’s easy to untie after the square is off the loom.
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
L1&3: BS “Loyal Royal,” RHS “White,” RHS “Really Red”
L2&4: RHS “White”
Do you ever get the feeling some things aren’t meant to be? With reservations, I’m posting this pattern. It looks good on paper and it might look OK in a single color, but after weaving it four times, I’m giving up (at least for now).
In honor of Flag Day on 14 June, here’s a pattern representing the USA flag. It’s my intention to continue the weave-along (WAL) by posting patterns for the Union Jack and, while not strictly a flag, a maple leaf for my neighbors to the north. We’ll wind up the WAL with another patriotic pattern (possibly something French for Bastille Day, 14 July).
L1-3: RHS “White”
L4: CSS “Harvest Red” / CSS “Dark Country Blue”