The weavers guild meeting on Saturday was a potpourri of small looms and projects made on portable equipment suitable to carry along on summer vacations. I am thinking along those lines for myself and was happy to be one of the presenters and bring a bag of my pin loom projects. Naturally, I forgot to dig out some of the projects I’ve made over the years like the two inch wire samples (hard on the fingers), and my personal favorite – the two inch squares of ribbon with beads at each bump glued to the top of a painted gift box. Easy to weave; perfect sett.
Mostly my projects are about using one square since I am not fond of most of the suggested ways of joining the squares and all those beginning and ending yarns are such a pain to hide. Recently I read about a method and only just tried it out this morning. Too late for the meeting…. I really like it! The squares are lined facing the same way. The ending tail is used to sew the loops on the edge. Now if I can just figure out a way to magically weave in all those ends so they don’t show or wiggle loose.
Along the edges, there are bumps made of two overlapping weft turns. Each joining stitch goes under the two middle parts of that bump. Makes a nice flat join with notches if the squares are not the same color. The seam would be hidden completely if only one color yarn is used. I’ve tried the baseball stitch, joining as a seam, crocheting, cross stitch. Ick, none are pleasing to me.
I may actually plan some larger projects now. Especially since I got a larger pin loom. Eight inches on a side, the pins are spaced wider than on the four inch loom, so yarn sampling was required.
I had to use the yarn doubled to make a sturdy fabric on the larger square. I used it singly in the four inch square and singly in the eight inch square on the left below. I can see the doubled yarn square on the right as a potholder, but I would back it with insulation batting and a cotton fabric on the other side. Good sale item!
Thanks to my fellow guild members for giving interesting presentations and to Charlene for the program idea. My creative juices start flowing when I see so many fabulous projects and ideas just start piling up in my brain.