Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Mini Sweater Pin Loom Day 2019

Here it is, the finished collection of Pin Loom Mini Sweaters, from people across the globe. If you didn't have time to take part this year, plan ahead, there will be a Mini Sweater Pin Loom Day on December 19, 2020, too. I can't wait to see more fun and glorious mini sweaters!

You can see all the directions for making your own mini sweater below.

Florencia Campos Correa had a WONDERFUL idea which she was willing to share with me and I want to share with everyone I know... since pretty much everyone I know has at least one pin loom. So we are declaring December 19, 2019 to be MINI SWEATER Pin Loom Day, a day to celebrate all the possible pin loom mini sweaters that we can weave up. 

All of the directions for making and sharing your mini sweaters are below, courtesy of Florencia. You'll be sending a picture of each sweater to to be added to the massive picture of all the mini sweaters to be published on December 19th. 

Florencia's sample sweaters are so neat that now I want to have a bunch of mini sweaters for my Christmas tree. I know that I am only going to get a few done this year, but if I keep it up, in the next few years my tree decorations may all be mini sweaters. 

Join in! Send in your ideas for a great pin loom mini sweater and we will all celebrate a very happy Mini Sweater Pin Loom Day this December 19th!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Weave a Christmas Tree Pin

Here is a fun, tiny ornament that can be created in a snap and work as a Christmas brooch or wherever you need a bit of embellishment. The sweet secret is just how easy it is to make a gorgeous woven pin using a few beads, a yard or two of fancy yarn and a 2"x 2" pin loom.

The Christmas Tree Pin calls for two 2"x 2" squares, a light colored backing square and a green square for the body of the tree. Use some brown yarn to add a tree trunk to the backing square. Fold the green square under to create a tree shape and add your choice of beads for ornaments. I used a small, star shaped button for the treetop star. Lay the tree piece on top of the backing square and join with a whip stitch in green along the outside of the pin shape. 

After I finished embellishing the tree and joined the two pieces, I felt that the pin looked too wide and flat. So I bent the two edges around in order to make a slightly three dimensional tree shape. You can see the way the pin looks from the back in the picture below. The final step is to add a pin, either a big safety pin or a craft-type brooch pin, to the back of the Christmas Tree Pin. 

I have a few dinners still coming up this season and these pins will be going as part of the hostess gift, either attached to a card or a bottle of wine. I'm going to keep my favorite to wear on a winter jacket... so I have a gift, too!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Happy Christmas Elephant To All

This can be a crazy busy season with lots of demands from family and work. If you're feeling overwhelmed, consider turning away from all those ridiculous demands for a bit and inviting in your very own Christmas Elephant.

The elephant and the rabbit patterns can be found in Adorable Beasts; 30 pin loom animals and 4 playscapes, I added a Santa hat for the season.

I hope everyone is having a fun, exciting season... or at least taking a little time for themselves in order to cope.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Pin Loom Mini Sweater Day deadline is December 17!

Have you sent your pin loom mini sweater picture to Florencia Campos Correa yet?

December 19, 2019 is MINI SWEATER Pin Loom Day, a day to celebrate all the possible pin loom mini sweaters that we can weave up.

Send a picture of your mini sweater to Florencia at by December 17 to include it in the giant pin loom mini sweater picture.

See all the directions for making a mini sweater in the post just below this one. 

After I wove a mini sweater I decided that I had to create someone who could wear it. Introducing - Shama Llama!

Shama Llama is my new pin loom llama. She seems to have a life of her own and immediately upon being created told me that she intends to be a fashion model. I think she has a real flair for it. :)