This pattern was originally called “A New Design 4a.” Sometimes I can’t think of a good name while I’m in the thick of designing. Somebody received a square with this pattern in the recent pin loom square swap we started in January (and finished in April) on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group. I promised a better name for the design, hope this one qualifies.
Asian lanterns is a pretty name. Pattern is too.
Have you tried inlay on the squares? I’ve got some instructions on how to do it on a larger loom. I’m not sure how you’d do it on one of these little looms. I wonder if it would lock into place as well as on a larger loom?
I haven’t tried it myself, but I saw a square someone once made–I think she called the technique inlay. I’ve tried clasped weft and tapestry techniques, but found they were too fussy for my taste. The pins get in the way. Since I haven’t had any experience with it I can’t say if it would lock in place.
I’m in the same boat, some things are too fussy for me too. You’ve done so much of this, I thought you might have tried. Some of your patterns are beautiful but way to complex for me. I usually just stick to plainweave with variegated yarns for variety or just two different colors or plain single colors. I have an awful time reading the graphs. I forget which thread goes where. I guess an actual class would help, but inability to travel to and from a class and other minor problems keep me from them.
When I first started I thought I’d just do plain weave too—using variegated yarn. But one day I tried a pattern, then another. Pretty soon I’d done all the vintage patterns that interested me and began experimenting on my own. For years I wrote out all the instructions. Eventually I went to hand drawn graphs, then moved on to the computer drawn diagrams. They’re easier for me, but I can understand how others don’t prefer them. (I’m just learning to read crochet diagrams and I love it. I’ve also started reading knitting charts—one—as well. I still read the written knitting directions, but find the chart extremely useful.)
I hear you about the classes! I used to travel around and go to art seminars and retreats—farthest away was in Massachusetts. My enthusiasm for travel gradually died out though. There’s a conference in Salt Lake City (less than an hour away) in October 2019. I might go. Then again, maybe not. I often consider conferences, but figure I’d get more out of it if I just taught myself and save the money for supplies! Still, I miss meeting people in person.
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