If you need instructions on two-layer-warping (2LW), please see instructions in the posts linked below. The first post tells how to warp the loom and weave Row 1. The second post shows the needle path (where to enter and exit the loom) for the first eight rows of a 2LW pattern. For this pattern, follow the diagram below, but follow the needle path instructions; they are universal for all 2LW patterns.
2LW Part 1
2LW Part 2

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Not wild about my color choices for this square—I’d prefer a stronger contrast—but you can learn from my mistake.

Diamond Eye 3—front

If you need instructions on two-layer-warping (2LW), please see instructions in the posts linked below. The first post tells how to warp the loom and weave Row 1. The second post shows the needle path (where to enter and exit the loom) for the first eight rows of a 2LW pattern. For this pattern, follow the diagram below, but follow the needle path instructions; they are universal for all 2LW patterns.
2LW Part 1
2LW Part 2

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“Concentric Diamonds” does not begin nor end with a plain weave row—rather daring, I thought, but it works!

Concentric Diamonds 1

There’s less explanation in this post, so if you need photos of the individual procedures, see:

Two-Layer Warping: 2/2 Twill with direction changes after rows 11 and 21

Continuing on from the previous post, R1 is in place and, we’re ready to begin weaving a basic 2/2 twill. Make sure R1 ended by going below the #4 pin at Cr4.

R1 in place

This post begins a series of two-layer warping (2LW) instructions. I haven’t done much exploring of this weaving method, and haven’t invented many patterns yet. There are a number of patterns available in 100 Pin Loom Squares by Florencia Campos Correa and there are a few available in the vintage pattern booklets on eLoomaNation.com. And I’m in the process of inventing more.

Please check out my video series demonstrating the techniques described in this and the following posts.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONE-COLOR SQUARE—two options

(I’m using stretchy wool for these squares, so it’s OK to warp more snugly.)

Samples featuring pink yarn and the Zoom Loom are the most basic method for 2LW. If you want to eliminate all the fancy distractions, follow those photos. By the way, if you are a Zoom Loom user, I strongly recommend you purchase a longer needle to make weaving more comfortable with its wide frame.

The turquoise yarn/cream-colored Weave-It photos will show how to prepare the loom if you wish to work the beginning yarn tail in as you weave. It also shows a warping variation at Cr2 that might make weaving a bit easier.

1) BASIC ONE-COLOR WARPING

Anchor the yarn tail in the notch at Cr1. (If using a different loom you can tie a slip knot, leave the yarn tail hanging, or use a method that suits you.) Warp L1 as usual. Finish at Cr2.

Continuing my adventures in weaving with cotton—it’s been too-long overlooked by me. I wondered how it would behave in the Two-Layer-Warping (2LW) method—would it be easier to weave? It’s been nearly two years since I spent much time exploring 2LW, so I figured it’s time to pull it out of hibernation.

It may not be necessary to warp your cotton super loosely when using the 2LW method

An interesting question came up on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group in response to yesterday’s post about using cotton yarn on the pin loom. Is there a way to add a little bulk, so as not to have a too-open weave, and still make weaving with cotton easier?

We also had a request for a demo using two colors and plain weave on the Zoom Loom. As many of you know, I don’t like the Zoom Loom—that extra wide frame (inner and outer edges) gets in my way and cramps my weaving style. So at great personal sacrifice of comfort (hee hee) I will demonstrate on the Zoom Loom:

• How to use two different thicknesses of cotton
• How to use two colors of yarn
• How to use two different warping set-ups

Keep your packing fork handy because you’re going to NEED it! Read More →

This is the first in a series on selecting yarn appropriate for use on Weave-It style pin looms (this includes Hazel Rose Multi, Weavette, Wunderwag, Zoom, and other similar looms).

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Who doesn’t love cotton? It can be super tough to use on a pin loom though.

Weavers need to realize there’s a thing called take-up. Each time you add a new weft row, the warp threads all have to bend the slightest amount around it—that’s take-up. If you’ve warped your loom tightly, there won’t be room for take-up, even if your yarn is stretchy. Cotton yarn is characteristically non-stretchy, and worsted weight 100% cotton is one of the more difficult yarns to use on the pin loom.

Woven with I Love This Cotton color 52 “Forest”