When you weave a new piece on a pin loom, do you design it beforehand or just throw yourself into the creative abyss?
In my case, I do both. Sometimes I have a design quite studied, sketched and the colors well thought out before I start.
Other times I don’t previously think about anything, I just intuitively choose and grab a couple of balls of yarn and see where the inspiration takes me..
Both methods work because the objective in both cases is different, both very respectable!
In the first, the objective is a specific project. In the second, just create, having fun or maybe just having some relaxing quality time!
Today I want to invite you to do an exercise more in line with the second case, in which the idea is that you create freely, but with only one requirement: that the design or pattern is ASYMMETRICAL in order to achieve large-scale effects!
Read more to learn how..
If you have already learned to weave on the bias or weave on a diagonal pin loom, in which the distance between the pins or nails is the same, surely you have already realized that, when you change yarn color, the resulting finished piece is always a plaid pattern.
Effortless, by default!
If you weave on the Kayu, Adjustable, Tremen pin loom or any pin loom that you have at home, which is square and with the same distance between pins and nails, you will see that without any effort, you will achieve plaid patterns… simply by changing yarn colors as many times as you want!
And that is simply the natural effect of bias / diagonal weaving.
SYMMETRY AND ASYMMETRY
Now, bias-weaving a symmetrical or asymmetrical pattern is very simple:
- Symmetrical Pattern: You look for the pin or nail in the middle of the loom (or the 2 in the middle, if the number of nails is even) and use it to change colors based on symmetry, like this example.
- Asymmetric Pattern: You weave freely without considering a center pin or nail as a reference for the pattern.
They both look equally interesting, don’t you think?
But you haven’t seen the effect of several equal squares joined yet! Which is precisely what I want you to learn today.
A symmetrical pattern is balanced in itself, it functions as one. That is why symmetrical pieces are ideal when you are going to make an object in one piece, such as a cushion, a potholder, etc.
You can also use symmetrical patterns to make multiple woven pieces and join them together, but the result is quite predictable, as it is very similar to the original pieces.
Here you can see how it looks to repeat 4 and 16 times the symmetrical pattern that we used above.
Pretty predictable, don’t you think? It is very noticeable which is the original pattern.
So now I want you to see the effect that an asymmetrical pattern produces and notice the difference. This time also taking the asymmetrical pattern that I showed you above joining 4 and then 16 pieces.
Look at the example of 4 pieces, as they form together a totally new pattern! (they are positioned as reflections). Then this is repeated 4 times when joining 16 pieces.
The interesting thing about asymmetrical pattern is that it is difficult to imagine how this is going to look like when joined with more pieces.
If you want to join many pieces to make a rug, blanket, scarf, shawl, poncho, I recommend you to try an asymmetrical design, because that way not everything is solved, there is a surprise factor involved, you will get to see the pattern effect when several pieces are joined together!
If making an asymmetric, random design complicates you because it means completely leaving your comfort zone, I invite you to try a combination of symmetry and asymmetry.
In this example, the pattern is symmetrical, but the applied colors are asymmetrical: a pine-apple color stripe in symmetry with a red-wine color one.
You achieve a fun effect of more controlled asymmetry.
And now, the surprise!
So now that you know the surprising effect of joining asymmetrical woven pieces, I invite you to free download a special collection of 12 Christmas patterns I have just designed for you!
It is based on a cool eclectic pattern I hope you like too.
Here they go!
Try them with the yarns you have at home. If they are thinner, double or triple them as needed.
You can download the full 12 designs collection at the end of this post.
And now comes my favorite part of this post, because I have created a special project that you can develop using design N°9 of this pattern collection and try out asymmetry to make a colorful eclectic Christmas Scarf!
Now I’ll tell you the step by step, instructions I hope you will try your own version!
PROJECT: Christmas Eclectic Scarf
LEVEL: Basic level
TIME: 7 hours approx.
LOOM: 12×12″ pin loom with equal distance between pins. I made it with the Kayu, you can also use the adjustable loom… or you can build your own pin loom using spare materials at home, in case you haven’t, find the instructions in this video.
TECHNIQUE: Bias weaving, or diagonal loom. Find all the basic instructions here: www.ullvuna.cl/freebies
YARN: Remains of yarn found in my house (N°5-6), according to the proposed color palette.
EXTRAS: Crochet (5mm), scissors, yarn needle.
1.- Choosing yarns
The first step was to search my house for yarns similar to the ones in the pattern palette.
2.- Making the woven pieces
Then I simply followed pattern N°9 from the pattern collection and wove 5 identical pieces.
I had to use some double yarns, such as Denim, Red, Sky and Pine, because of the thickness, since the idea is that all the yarns have a similar thickness in the woven piece, otherwise it affects the density and firmness of the woven piece.
In addition, the visual weight is different if the thicknesses are different and I want the proportion of the colors to be the same as seen in the pattern design.
3.- Joining woven pieces
Once the 5 pieces were finished, I joined them using an invisible seam, making sure that the pattern continues from one piece to another (like a reflection).
First, I filled the fringe edge (one full edge of the woven scarf) with fringes.
What I do in these cases is to follow the amount of fringes that can already be seen in the woven piece by changing the color of the yarn. Every 2 points, every 3, etc. The idea is that it looks balanced in fringes, above all.
You can use a crochet or rug hook (latch hook), whichever is most comfortable for you.
Remember that if you used a double or triple yarn, the fringes have to be the same.
Then cut the fringes to the desired length, mine were 3″ long.
Finally, cut the fringes until they line up.
What I do is carefully roll up the fabric (like a sushi roll) and then cut off the fringes that are longer.
Then crochet 2 rows of slip stitch on the opposite edge of the fringes. I chose Red and Pine.
The last thing is to loose ends towards the wrong side of the scarf. Since there isn’t really a wrong side in bias weaving, choose the one that looks better to you as the front side, the one without errors.
And now, wear your Christmas scarf as you prefer!
Play with it!
Here you can download the Christmas Pattern Collection of 12 Designs so you can play, try and have fun designing beautiful bias-woven objects and decorations for this Christmas.
You are still on time!
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Until a next post!