Weaving to Woo Week – Zoom Loom Pin

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Pinning is a term many might know if they grew up in the 1950’s, but has gone out of fashion in the modern era. When a couple decided to commit to each other before getting engaged, the guy would give his girlfriend his fraternity or club pin. This now meant  the couple was “going steady” and they wouldn’t date anyone else.Though this tradition has since disappeared, you can still express your love for someone with Jane Patrick’s Zoom Loom Heart Pin. -Benjamin

Zoom Loom Heart Pin

Tap your inner multi-media crafter to create this heart pin for yourself or a special friend.

What you need: Zoom Loom with weaving needle, Red sport weight yarn (I used Brown Sheep Nature Spun in N46S Red Fox), off-white embroidery floss, thin piece of cardboard, decorative paper (I used a sheet of origami paper), embroidery scissors, fabric scissors, gem glue (I used Gem-Tac), white glue (I used Elmer’s), 2” pin clasp, 2 vintage buttons (mine are mother-of-pearl, 1—7/8” 1—1/2”), tapestry needle, sewing needle, white sewing thread, # 11 seed beads in blue and white, #5 clear twisted bugle beads, white pearls (all of these were leftover from other projects, the white pearls are recycled from an old necklace), heart cookie cutter 2 ¼” across the widest part (or make your own pattern).

Step 1: Make one Zoom Loom square and sew in the ends.

Step 2: Hand wash to felt. I used Dawn dish detergent and as hot of water as I could bare, rubbing the square vigorously until felted. Iron if necessary after the square has dried. It will measure about 2 ¼” across.

Step 3: Place the cookie cutter over the square with the point at a corner of the square. Cut around to make your heart.

Step 4: With off-white embroidery floss, trim the outside of the heart shape with a blanket stitch. I made the stitches about 1/8” apart and 1/8” deep.

Step 5: Place one button on top of the other, place in the center side-to-side but slightly above the center line top to bottom. Sew to secure.

Step 6: Using embroidery floss, create 10 strands, each 6” long. To secure, tie in a square knot. Thread the strands with beads, making some short and some long strands. Secure the beads with knots or thread the end of the embroidery thread back through the holes. (I tied knots in the ends and then applied a dab of gem glue to the ends for added security.)

Step 7: Make the backing. Cut a piece of cardboard slightly smaller than the heart. Cut the decorative paper a ¼” bigger than the cardboard heart. Place the paper over the heart and cut little slits from the edge of the paper to the heart. Smear the wrong side of the paper with a thin layer of white glue. Place over the cardboard and fold the paper around the cardboard to the back side. Allow to dry.

Step 8: Glue the backing to the wrong side of the heart. Let dry.

Step 9: Glue the pin clasp to the backing using gem glue, placing it in the upper third of the heart. Dry.

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Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.