I’ve already announced this on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group, but here is the first set of instructions for the FALL WEAVE-ALONG.

If all goes according to plan, we’ll be using a 4″ x 4″ loom to weave 12 squares for a Fall Banner. In fact, it will actually be 15 squares since we’ll need to make the “hanging sleeve” as well. (Hopefully it’ll still be fall when we get done.) This is the design idea in it’s infant state:

This is the plan

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The thing about designing patterns for the 6″ loom is that if you don’t get it right the first time, you’ll be sorry . . . that is, until you get it right. It’s a colossal drag to have to reweave a pattern on that gigantic loom more than once! (Who knew six inches could seem so big?)

After the “Cross My Hearts” pattern, I was kind of on a roll and designed two companion patterns. Here’s one of them. (I’ll post the second one as soon as I weave up a sample.)

Four-Patch Hearts with Pattern Stitch

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In a last-ditch effort to make the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group swap a swimming success, I designed one more pattern—this one for the 6-inch loom. I was a little bit tricky though, I first designed it on a 3-inch square.

The pattern features five hearts, in optional outlines or solid shapes. Because the hearts are small, there’s some compromise happening at the top where the lobes peak downward. The solid hearts don’t look very good, but I think they work as long as there are outline hearts with them on the square. Perhaps they’d be OK in a square by themselves as long as the project has some small outline hearts or larger hearts. In and of themselves, they look like pointy-based strawberries.

Cross My Hearts

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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).

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Here’s another pattern I polished up for the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group September 2017 Square Swap. I originally worked on several, several, SEVERAL Christmas tree patterns in June 2016. I became SO SICK of them that I couldn’t bring myself to work on them again till a whole year-plus had passed; I even got tired of using green yarn—ME, I know!!!

Guess what? I finally decided that “Christmas Tree 1” looked the best. But hey, I tried just about everything (including several iterations of a tiered tree—you know, two triangles stacked on each other—didn’t look so good, but I may post some of them anyway because you might like them).

Christmas Tree 1

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Weaving with two or more colors is a great way to enhance and enliven your weaving. Though it’s annoying to weave in ends, I find it’s worth the effort because it’s fun to use two colors and the results are often beautiful. (I developed a method of working in ends as I go—see links at the bottom of this post).

By accident I discovered that changing colors on different layers makes a pattern look different. It can change a blah pattern into something spectacular. Case in point:

“Diamonds Stitch” (See Glossary for explanation of abbreviations)

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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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