Sheila’s Shamrock

I worked this example of my pattern in white and green for high contrast. I think it would look great in shades of green, green + yellow, maybe even green + black? and the inverted version of this green + white.

It works up quickly, especially if you work from the middle out. The rotational symmetry means that 3 half-rows (on each round of 4 half-rows) of the pattern are identical. There are necessary 3-overs (and -unders) for the desired color pattern, which make the fabric susceptible to warping. Because it’s an organic subject, I think it works.

I hit mine with a blast of steam before taking it off the loom, to illustrate how you can make yours more craft-fair ready (salable) with attractive blocking. This is more work and way faster than spritzing it with water to set overnight, which constrains your production by number of looms. Steam before binding off, so you’re not ironing in the skew. As I’m binding off, I center my “retaining loops” (the ones I put back on the loom after binding off, to keep the tension) for maximum evenness.

Pattern forthcoming!

2 thoughts on “Sheila’s Shamrock”

  1. Love the designs and weavings you two come up with! What a team!!! Is there a pattern plotted out for this one (and so many others?— need to search your site again it’s been a few weeks…..) Tha k you for sharing! Wonderful!!!

  2. I can not thank you enough for the beautiful patterns. My husband has a rare form of dementia and is losing language. He has always loved art and been drawn to patterns found in nature. When I showed him your patterns he was very interested. It requires a lot of concentration for him but he really enjoys seeing the patterns evolve. He weaves much of the day now and feels such a sense of accomplishment. Thank you for sharing. Your potholders are not only works of art , they are a godsend. Thank you!!!!

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