Pinwheels

Houndsteeth for a friend whose favorite color is orange! The blue pairing is for her husband, and the purple pairing is for her.

Threaded using the Harrisville potholder design widget, traditional size, orange/purple[blue], houndstooth pattern.

I love how the two together illustrate the importance of where you start your over/under. Those are threaded identically, and produce opposite facing results because the over/under went the other way. (Yes, even when you flip them.)

Diagonal Twist Photo Tutorial

Photo tutorial on loop swapping.

I work from the middle out. Once I’ve made the central square, I continue in rounds of 4 loops, adding to the top/bottom/left/right of the central square, and crossing the corners over each other.

[Originally published to Noreen Crone-Findlay’s Potholder Loom Weaving group on Facebook in February 2021.]

Diagonal Twists

Here is today’s fun! Exchanging row/column loops.

I saw an amazing design in the Harrisville Designs potholder competition this summer — and am sad to have mislaid the weaver’s name.

Today I was inspired to try it. I quite like the outcome. And there are SO MANY possibilities, my brain hurts.

My first effort was white/blue/silver — and I did not like it when woven. It looks fine in the photo, but did not appeal in the hand. So I pulled out the center square, and patched in a purple center instead. Ripping out its heart gave me a chance to show you the inner structure of the twisted loops.

First attempt using blue / white / silver. Ugh. Removing the silver.
The structure of the twists, revealed when I removed the silver center.
Patching in purple.
My finished potholder.

[Originally published to Noreen Crone-Findlay’s Potholder Loom Weaving group on Facebook in February 2021.]

Labyrinth: First Light

I have figured out boxes in boxes. Behold, aMAZEing…

[Originally published to Noreen Crone-Findlay’s Potholder Loom Weaving group on Facebook in November 2020.]

I took labyrinth off the loom, and only then discovered I had some fixable extra-long floats on the back. But I don’t care! It’s usable even if it isn’t perfect.

The grid shows how it works. When you alternate colors on each side, you have fixed points that must be those colors. In between are points which could be either color, depending on whether you weave over or under at the point. The fixed points you can choose which way to weave, and the color pattern won’t change. To switch from a solid horizontal line to a dotted horizontal line, you skip one vertical loop — go over or under 2 instead of 1. To design your pattern, color in the squares that could go either way.

Then you have to confirm that you have not skipped 3 loops in a row, because of the color pattern on the line above — if you planned it all out in advance, you could catch those as you diagrammed. I wasn’t that patient. Also, you have to check the back for the same condition.

[Originally published to Noreen Crone-Findlay’s Potholder Loom Weaving group on Facebook in November 2020.]