For the last pattern in the Fall Banner project, you get to choose the one you like best.

When I first thought up the project idea I had already designed the pumpkin. After I started laying out my squares, however, I realized the pumpkin was the only one that was an outline—rather than a filled-in shape. I thought the outline didn’t look good with the others.

But then I had new problems.

The pumpkin shape tends to show better on the back of the square

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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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Welcome to my book-turned-blog: Adventures in Pin Loom Weaving!

I Love Pin Loom Weaving!

I want to share the techniques and pattern weaves I’ve developed and designed, but a formal book seems so “last year.” Preparing a book manuscript (which would take a couple of years to surface in stores) is super stressful and takes too much time away from my adventures, so I’m abandoning formal publishing in favor of an up-to-date account of my almost-daily adventures with the little loom.

Since I’m dreadful about typing my patterns as soon as they’re finished, I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind on that. It takes a lot of time to design, weave, redesign, and reweave (sometimes several times), all while taking notes. Techniques take even longer to write up because of all the step-by-step photos. I tell you this because you will likely find mistakes in what’s written here.

It was my plan to try selling some of my patterns in PDF form, but after spending two days working on that (and—shhh!—stealing time to continue designing patterns [I simply cannot stop!]) I decided to continue doing what I do best. My couch holds piles of patterns written out or diagrammed, but not yet woven, and stacks of squares not-quite-ready for release waiting to be redesigned and rewoven—I can’t spare the time to fuss with Word and formatting. I’m already used to how a blog works, so I think I can keep up a little better if I continue entering information here.

“Single Outline Heart” with beads

There may be one thing I like better than designing patterns and that’s interacting with people. So, WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG, enjoy the patterns, and please, please, please ask questions and inform me of typos and other corrections I need to make.