Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pin loom sheep declare Spring is here

This is Minnesota, so the grass isn't up yet and the weather isn't all that warm. But the Fiber Festivals will be sending out schedules very soon and the pin loom sheep are getting ready for a great year.

People have asked about the genesis of the pin loom sheep. Below is my fanciful representation of pin loom sheep being born, moving slowly from woven pelts, acquiring their little pointy heads, and then legs and ears.

These sheep are all destined for craft shows. This would be a great week to share a sheep or two in an Easter or May Day basket. Complete directions for making a Spring Pin Loom Sheep are located in Pin Loom Weaving - 40 Projects for Tiny Hand Looms.  Have a happy Spring!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Postage Stamp Quilt Blanket

This blanket was intended as a tribute to a classic Amish quilt with a special note of thanks to the U.S. Post Office.

In 2001 the U.S. Post office issued this series of stamps commemorating the Amish quilt.  I thought that they were all incredible but was particularly drawn to the quilt that reflects a very "pin loom" flavor.

Over the next nine months or so I wove and constructed my Postage Stamp Blanket. As with the Amish Bars blanket, they are not lined or quilted, the weigh of the woven fabric is quite warm enough without extra layers.

This blanket is close to six foot square.

Here is the beginning of those middle squares, made with one 4"x 4" square and topped with two light blue squares, whip stitched in place.

The blanket was made with 2" x 2" squares, 2" x 4" squares, 4" x 4" squares, 2" x 6" squares, 4" x 6" squares, and 6" x 6" squares. Most of those looms were Weavette Looms, which came out with all six sizes.

It uses three shades of green for the 2" line around the 9 square design, 3 shades blue plus a slate blue and a very dark navy blue. Plus the red.

All of the woven pieces in the blanket were finished with a single crochet edge in the same color, then whip stitched to join. You might notice that the small squares above do not have a crochet edge, that was so that they would sit within the dimensions of the 4" x 4" square.

Below the middle panel is finished, I'm working on the panels to the right and left.

When a blanket gets this big it is amazing how many rectangles are needed for the border!

           A just-finished blanket. The edging is a line of half double crochet in navy.

This is a later pattern for the blanket with a few proposed color variations.  This Amish pattern lends itself to a number of colorways.

Have fun with this. If anyone decides to make a new version of the blanket, I would love to see the results!  MS