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

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

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While I take a break from designing flags (I have greater empathy for those early flag makers now), I’ll post instructions for the elephant squares. I designed one and wove it up. Decided his (or her) head was too big, so I drew up another one. (Sounds a lot easier than it is!) I’ll post both and you can pick the one you like.

If you want the elephant to face the other direction, follow each row from end to beginning.

Elephant 1

L1-3: CSS “Country Blue”
L4: BS “Silk”

Elephant 1

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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).

Old Glory

L1-3: RHS “White”
L4: CSS “Harvest Red” / CSS “Dark Country Blue”

Old Glory

Special Instructions—Three-Color Weaving

Using white yarn, warp L1-3. Tie off on 2-4 side of loom beyond Cr2.

L1-3

For first part of L4, tie red yarn on 1-2 side of loom, anywhere before Cr2; wrap yarn around pins 3-3.25 times.

First 2/3 of L4

At R11 change to blue (you can tie the yarn to the loom or not); wrap yarn 2-2.5 times around pins.

Last 1/3 of L4
(I used 1.75 wraps, but that proved nearly inadequate, so I recommend wrapping a bit more.)

For more details, see Simple Color Change instructions.

Weaving Instructions

R1: P
R2, 4, 6, 8, 10: P
R3, 5, 7, 9: (U1, O3) x 7, P3
Change to blue yarn. See instructions above.
R11: (U1, O3) x 4, P15
R12: P6, U3, P22
R13: (U1, O3) x 4, P4, U3, O1, U3, P4
R14: Rpt R12
R15: Rpt R11
R16: P

Long may she wave!

 

For SP

A member of the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group asked me today if I knew of a weaving pattern featuring a cross. I only knew of plus-shaped crosses, so I offered to design one for her. Here are the results. I’ve included possible modifications below the instructions. After another group member, Sandi Suggs, wove up both versions, I’ve decided the change in “Cross 2” looks better, but I’m not sure changing “Cross 1” would yield good results.

Cross 1

L1-3: YBSS “Light Denim”
L4: RHS “Navy”

Cross 1

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Since people are starting to receive their Wunderwag pin loom sets, I figured I’d better get busy designing some patterns for that size. Actually a lot of the 4″ textural patterns can be woven on the 6″, but not all. For example, “Horizontal Xs” doesn’t work on the 6″ loom without modification. It has to do with the number of pins. I’m truly out of my depth here with the terminology. Some patterns are divisible by 4 and some by 2. The 2s work on the 2″, 4″, and 6″ loom, but not the 4s. 4s work on the 4″, 8″, 12″, etc.

6″ squares

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