Pin-Loom Fun

The tiny balls of yarn yielded two 4" squares with plenty
of yarn leftover for more!

Here at Interweave we have a "free yarn" table. Sometimes there are also books, fiber tools, and other items, but there's almost always a skein or two of this or that. I usually give the table just a cursory glance before moving on. Sometimes there are coned weaving yarns or scrumptious silks I can't turn away, but more often than not I leave the piles to the knitters and crocheters that surround me at work. Until I saw these two tiny balls of novelty yarn. (Have I mentioned before that I love novelty yarns?) One was white spun with iridescent thread that gave it a beautiful glimmer. Another was sage green spun with both an iridescent thread AND seed beads. I had to have them, and so they became mine and sat on my desk.

They sat, and sat, and then sat some more. While I loved these yarns, they were so tiny I couldn't figure out what to do with them. Even if I combined them to use as a weft on a rigid-heddle loom project, I'd need a third yarn.

Then I got my hands on our new Ultimate Pin Loom Collection kit which included a nice little pin loom. These yarns were just the right weight for the pin loom, and it wouldn't take too much yarn to make a few squares to sew together. I could make some cute table squares or maybe even a runner. Hmmm.First I wove up a square with the white yarn. It was so fast and easy, I was done in minutes. The square was perfect and shimmered and shined.

Before and after! The pin loom squares make for perfect
bunting for my office wall.

Next I tried the green. Getting the warp on was no problem, but when I started on the weft I had some issues. The little seed beads were tiny, but not tiny enough to easily slip through the pins and under the warp threads. I checked out our Handwoven yarn stash and found a skein of something that looked almost the same—minus the shiny thread and beads—and finished off the square with that. The finished square is beautiful with the occasional seed bead showing through and lots of shimmer.

I also had a lovely plum-colored yarn I'd been sitting on for a while, so I tried a square in that to see how the three worked together. It, too, was quick and painless and looked great with the other two. As I looked at them side-by-side I had a bit of inspiration. Rather than sew them together for a runner, I strung them together as the start of some festive, weaverly, bunting for my workspace. Right now it's rather short bunting, but I figure I can weave up a few from the rest of the novelty yarn, and check out the free yarn table for a few yards (just 8 yards a square!) of some fun, bright colors. Frankly, I can't wait to weave up some more!

Happy Weaving!


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