I love pin loom weaving I just laugh when I read blogs and people say ” Pin loom weaving is a great quick way….” quick? LOL Not for me. I have 4 pin looms and I love them but I don’t feel continuous weaving/ weaving on the bias, as something quick. Be it my 5′ loom or my 12″ x 12″ looms. Could be that I’m still a novice, but I need to take my time.
This is a pin loom I was excited to receive last year. It is a 5 foot pin loom with a bulk sett. The space between the pins is 1/3″. A bulk sett allows me to use up to a size 6 yarn or 4 mm craft cord. Anything bigger than that will cause the loom to strain so it’s been quite a learning process as to know what I can weave and can not weave without causing damage. Since I’m self taught, like I stated above, I go slow. The loom is handmade out of red oak and is amazing. The Easel that it is tied to is also red oak and handmade by a gentleman in North Carolina named Jim. It is adjustable so I can have a 3′, 4′ and 5′ square. The first time I put it together and decided to use the 3 foot square I freaked myself out because it looked like a huge wooden swastika was in my living room. 😦 It made me feel weird and after I was over the uncomfortable part of it I was able to weave on it. But to be honest I’ve left it at the 5 foot state since. The 4 foot isn’t so bad but that 3 foot setting is just weird and creepy. The work in progress is a 5 foot rug made with craft cord and Jute twine. You can see it is starting to bow, so when that happens I have to sit and ease the weft back with a comb. That is the con for working on a pin loom this size. Ideally the loom would be in the diamond shape which would give me a better opportunity to have my work right in front of me and work the weft back to keep the line straight, but because it is so big It’s not possible. I dream of being able to mount it to a wall, but that is not in my reality while we live here because those poor walls wouldn’t know what hit them trying to mount a loom. With that I do my best, when the piece is taken off the loom it will fill.
The above is the exact same style loom, bulk sett, red oak- 12″ x 12″. In the position I was just taking about. The diamond shape square makes a difference when weaving on the bias. After the weave is finished you have a 10 inch square. Below is a funky little bag I made on the 12 x 12 loom using tweed yarn, the strap is spool knitted and I added a 1/2 finished flower as a snap. I’m not crazy about the little bag but it is weaved well strong and is still together. So if I ever decide to do another I’ll pick colors more to my liking. I use yarn that was given to me or I found at a price that I like to practice with.
So I broke down and bought a dragonfly pin loom and a star pin loom. I couldn’t resist- Noreen Crone-Findlay designed these looms and since I am a dragonfly and star fan I had to have them. She also provides weaving instructions. The patterns are for continuous weaving and they are easy enough but takes time to get it right, lots of patience. The little star has been sitting there for a few months now but I’m dedicated to finishing it. Hopefully in 2020. I plan to use wire and I really hope to make dragonfly wire wrapped citrine charms.
Above is a 4 foot afghan continuous weave. worsted yarn size 4
Above is a 3 foot small throw continuous weave. Homespun yarn size 5
Thanks for reading this, I look forward to sharing the pin loomed rug when it is finished!