I have been thinking about a pin loom project that carries on throughout the year, where I’m committed to work on it as time allows, but without stress or frustration …
The answer is a “2020 Patchwork Project”, and here is how it works:
- Let’s keep it simple and flexible, because … life happens!
- The idea is to weave hexagons and sew them together on the go into a project (see project ideas below).
- Use sample hexagons, leftover hexies from other projects, or weave one in a pretty yarn that you like.
- Choose just one loom size. I will use the original 4″ hexagon looms, both, the “regular”and “fine sett”.
- Weave as time allows, until December 31, 2020. Maybe one a day, but most likely less, because there will be busy times throughout the year when there’s just no time to weave.
- (Optional) Keep notes in a little notebook, but keep it simple: Date, material, optional brief comments (for example for a special occasion). With or without writing down notes, the patchwork project will have stories to tell!
- Take a picture once a month to record progress throughout the year.
- Start with the first motif in the middle and work around that center. This way, the resulting project is determined by how many hexagons are woven. That will make it “no stress with guaranteed success”: Just make one motif, the 2020 project will be a coaster. If you make some, it may be a trivet, shawl, or table runner. If you go crazy and make 2 or more every day … here is your king size bed cover!
The idea is that at the end of the year you will have a project that you can call your 2020 Patchwork Project and can be proud of it.
Will you join?
11 thoughts on “A “No Stress” 2020 Patchwork Project”
I’m in! Sounds like something I can handle LOL!
Brava! I’m looking forward to your company.
I love this! I’ve been doing other stuff and missing my pin looms.
I love this. Now only to find hexagon pin looms….
Hello Karin! Our 2020 Patchwork Project will work with ANY pin loom that you may have. That’s part of the “no stress”, too! A Zoom loom, any vintage pin loom, or whatever you can find will work. If you would like a hexagon pin loom, you can find those on Etsy or at http://www.bluebonnetcrafters.com
Im a newbie. Whats the difference between the fine sett and regular? I want to buy A hexie to start playing with. I will join you as soon as I get it.
Me again. On the fine sett I see there is a locker tool option or needle. Why would someone want one over the other?
The locker hook combines a crochet hook and a needle into one tool, so you just need one tool for your weaving. The locker hook fetches yarn well and doesn’t split yarn easily. There is a video that shows the difference and how to use it: https://youtu.be/y8aK3QFewXs
The “regular” looms have a pin spacing that works best for worsted or aran weight yarns.
The “fine-sett” looms have a finer pin spacing that works for sock/fingering weight yarns.
Take a look at this blog entry that talks about the difference … https://turtleloom.com/2018/09/19/introducing-turtle-loom-fine-sett/
Most people start with the original TURTLE Loom™ with the regular pin spacing, using worsted weight yarn. But we also have a lot of sock knitters who started with the originial TURTLE Loom™ in fine-sett. Both looms use the same weaving method, and on both looms the weaving width is 4″ side-to-side.
In short, choose the loom that best fits the yarns that you usually use.