We decided to dedicate this month’s gnome to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Continue reading Olympic Gnome
Have you seen our advertisement in Interweave’s PieceWork March/April 2018 issue? Let us know what you think! Continue reading Piece Work … PieceWork
Don’t you like it when ideas just fall into place and things come together? A holiday, and the desire to make something pretty and practical for a loved one. Yarn that inspires you to make something rustic. A tradition that you want to cherish … oh, and yes, pin looms! Continue reading Country Valentine
When I made the Santa Gnome last December I knew that this would just be the beginning. The idea was borne to make a “Gnome of the Month” for 2018. Continue reading Superbowl Gnome – What’s Your Team?
A few days ago, customer Susan posted on Facebook “Isn’t it great when your granddaughter asks what you’re doing and then takes over your loom and says it’s fun!” Continue reading Share? Beware!
When I was a child, Onkel Otto, a great-uncle, was known as the inventor in the family. I don’t recall that he ever invented anything, but the secrecy that he maintained around his hobby fed many conversations during family gatherings.
After we released our 2” and 6” looms in August last year, my children just wanted to keep going with “new sizes”. One of them was … a 1” hexagon loom. My son proudly presented the technical drawing, and my daughter stood right next to him, anticipating her prototype in a jiffy. Continue reading 01-01-1″
I love to sample things. Buffets are my favorite place to go out to eat, but even better is yarn sampling. Continue reading Project: It’s a Scarf! It’s a Cowl!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all TURTLE Loomers! We’re gearing up and looking forward to an exciting 2018, hope you’ll join us.
There ain’t no white stuff on the grounds in Central Texas, but them green is good lookin, too!
More information about this adorable gnome, using Berroco Ultra Wool and Berroco Plush, can be found on Ravelry:
Here it is: Something for baby’s first Christmas! And – what is better, more lasting, memory creating, … than a personalized ornament. Continue reading Baby Bear’s First Christmas
We had the first “real” snow in Texas the other day, after about 6 winters! That makes thinking of snowflake ornaments rather easy. Continue reading Snowflake Ornament
I think most people own at least one jar with buttons. But then, “weaving something with buttons” serves as the perfect excuse to go and buy some of those little button collections that depict a certain scene. Continue reading Button Banner
When I was thinking about weaving something nature, I thought of weaving a leafy garland, or using little wood twigs for snow man arms, or to weave something with straw (still thinking about that), or weaving something with angelically white feathers … (rabbit trail) … angelic … (rabbit trail) … angels … (rabbit trail) … can I make an angel? Yes! And it’s SO EASY! Continue reading Angels …
Initially I was thinking of making an ornament with jingle bells, but then the jingle got lost and it turned into a bell ornament. Continue reading Carol of the Bells
One of my favorite German Christmas songs is “Leise rieselt der Schnee”, which translates to “quietly falls the snow”. Continue reading Leise Rieselt der Schnee …
I had to chuckle when I made these little purses, as they remind me of some odd felt pouches that we had many years ago on our Christmas trees, marked with Sharpie initials for each child. Continue reading Little Purse Ornament for Treats
An Advent Calendar is a special calendar to count the days from December 1st to 24th in anticipation of the Christmas holiday. Continue reading Advent Calendar Ornaments
It is difficult to even imagine the holiday season without a decorated tree, isn’t it? Therefore, let’s get started on weaving a tree wall hanging now, so that we have something to decorate in upcoming weeks. Continue reading O Tannenbaum
I get the notion of “Baby’s First Christmas”. However, the first Thanksgiving of each of our children has a very special place in my heart, as this was the first time for many of our relatives to meet our new additions. Continue reading Baby’s First Thanksgiving
Recently, elsewhere, I posted a picture of a hat that I just had finished, rather proud of myself and my creation.
Somebody lovingly pointed out that it reminded her of candy corn. Continue reading Nuts and Candy Corn …
A recent conversation:
(Somewhat important) Person: I see you have excellent customer feedback.
I: (blush) Yes, thank you.
Person: Do you have any product reviews yet? Continue reading Thank You for a Great Product Review, Deborah!
While the first holiday advertisements are popping up, Carolien is already crafting at full capacity. Carolien was our first international customer when we launched, and now she gave us permission to talk about her Christmas weaving project. Continue reading Ready-Set-Go! Christmas Crafting with Carolien
A customer contacted us: “I think I didn’t count eight wraps for my TexaTURTLE, and now I’m out of yarn before the hexagon is done … HELP!” Our dear friend Dyan commented “All of the sudden my students were weaving stripes, and I hadn’t even taught them that!” Continue reading How To Weave Stripes … And Other Connecting Stories
Last weeks blog post about the Jelly Yarns® resulted in a myriad of fun conversations! We decided to turn those around into making the vinyl weaving experiment for Halloween earrings even more spooky.
Here are some of the comments … and the answers! Continue reading Friday 13th, and Martha Said “Add A Spider”
I was collecting hexagon pins on Pinterest when one picture caught my attention: A crafter was holding up her quilt top, and the sun was shining through the fabric.
“Oh, wouldn’t a woven hexagon sun catcher be grand,” crossed my mind.
But common sense reminded me that yarns are typically not translucent. Weaving lace weight would be an option, but I really had my mind set on something like a stained glass effect. Continue reading Some Jelly Yarn is Spooky
On October 5th, Vickie Howell will start a ground breaking adventure with a community-funded first season of her new Knitting Show. “A Knitting & Crochet Series for the D#igital Age”, as her website puts it.
What does this have to do with hexagon pin loom weaving? Continue reading Vickie Howell, WEBS Yarns, and How to Weave a Hexagons Blanket …
Adopted from the all-time favorite movie Forrest Gump, the blog title shall be completed as “You never know what you’re gonna get”. And as exploring minds like our customer Cindy Adams (CRA on Ravelry) have already discovered, this is particularly true for weaving variegated yarns on pin looms of different sizes. Continue reading Variegated Yarn is Like a Box of Chocolates … (Swatching Part II)
A few months ago we worked with Dyan from Indonesia, on getting TURTLE Loom™ kits ready for the seminary where and her husband Tim serve. Dyan wants to teach teenage students how to weave hexagons, so that they can create items for their own daily needs as well as items to sell. Continue reading “I will teach loom today”
Several people have asked, since we live in Texas and rather close to the encounters of hurricane Harvey, how they can help. Continue reading Helping Texas Harvey Flood Victims
Our customer Marian Parkes recently posted a project on the Pin Loom Weaving Support Facebook group that made many chuckle. Marian had turned a woven hexagon into a beautiful little chicken and named it Lucy, after Lucille Ball. Continue reading “Made a chicken tonight! What fun …”
Many of you enjoy crafts like knitting or crocheting as much as little loom weaving. But … how many of you have a big happy smile on your face when it comes to swatching for a sweater, or a shawl, or whatever project, to figure out the right needle size to hit the pattern gauge?
I do not support skipping swatching, I just don’t like doing it. I do feel rewarded every time I swatch, with the peace of mind that “it will work”, but I still find myself weaseling around that daunting task of knitting a 5”x5” at minimum to be sure I have the right tools.
However, ask me to swatch a new yarn on the hexagon pin loom, and I drop whatever I’m doing and go for it! Continue reading Craving to Swatch (Part I)
My daughter loves knitted hexie puffs, and so it is no surprise that she now weaves them, too.
Loops& Threads Impeccable Ombre, woven on the TinyTURTLE™ hexagon pin loom, makes very “natural” looking hexagons, and the resulting hexie puffs make perfect “pebbles”. Continue reading Make A Bowl Full Of Pebbles
First, we want to thank you for making the launch of our TinyTURTLE™ and TexaTURTLE™ looms such a memorable, humbling experience. All looms that were ordered on Saturday and Sunday are “in the mail” at this point!
So … for those of you who are waiting for the mail, we thought to offer a project idea for the original TURTLE Loom™ that can be done in the meantime. But also, a lot of people are waiting for the summer heat to go away. Others are waiting for beautiful outdoors fall colors to arrive. No matter the reason, here is a project that is worth considering while you are waiting …
It has become a family joke that our oldest son started when he saw me work on differently sized hexagon looms. Lovingly, teasingly he said: “I don’t get it. All you can do with them is make more hexagons!” Continue reading All you can do with them is make more hexagons …
I have a hard time throwing out anything, and with yarn it’s pretty much impossible. Even the short ends of yarn that are left behind after finishing a crafting project. Continue reading Recycling – or “Leave no Ends Behind!”
Years ago, when I first heard the term “locker hook” it took me some web surfing to find out what people are actually talking about. If you are in the same boat, know that you’re not alone AND … that we’re going to fix it with this post. We will also explain what a locker hook has to do with pin loom weaving, and provide some guidance for you to decide whether you need a locker hook or not. Continue reading The LOCKER HOOK Story
It takes only three hexagons on the original TURTLE Loom™ to make an ornament that provides three “stages”. Combine that with a package of cute buttons , and you have a great story to tell to your toddler:
The First Snow of the Season
Sophia and Jackson have been waiting for what seems forever for the first snow. Finally, the day is today, and the snow is falling heavily, bright and white, with snowflakes dancing all around and everywhere!
But it is cold, too, so they bundle up in their snowsuits, with mittens and hats and scarves, until only their noses peak out.
“What are we going to do first?” asks Jackson. “Let’s build a snowman!” suggests Sophia. “Woof! Woof!” agrees Charlie, and adds another “Woof! Woof!” to tell them that he wants to come, too. “Of course you can come!” says Jackson, and Charlie thanks him with a tail wag. “We should bring this green hat and scarf for the snowman, so that he doesn’t get cold,” says Sophia. “Snowmen like to be cold.” replies Jackson. “I know, of course,” Sophia confirms “but it will look cool, and I’ll get a carrot and make some black paper balls for the face and the buttons, too. Let’s go!”
For hours, Sophia, Jackson, and Charlie have fun in the snow. The snowman turned out great and looks very happy with its outfit. But all of the sudden, Charlie has disappeared and cannot be found anywhere. “Do you think he got lost in the deep snow?” asks Sophia concerned. “I don’t know …” replies Jackson thoughtfully. “Let’s look around, maybe we can see his tail sticking out from the snow.” “There he is!”, Sophia calls out as Charlie jumps out from behind the snowman. “He has taken the snowman’s scarf!” she proclaims. And sure enough, there’s a happy dog with a green scarf prancing through the snow.
“Charlie is right,” notes Jackson. “It’s getting cold. My hands are freezing.” “And my feet are getting cold,” confirms Sophia. “Let’s go inside.”
When they open the door to the warm house, a sweet smell greets them from the kitchen. “Hot cocoa! How perfect!” exclaims Sophia. “I hope it comes with marshmallows,” adds Jackson. “And maybe a dog treat for me!” thinks Charlie.
And maybe some chocolate for the story teller …
Be prepared to tell this story more than once!