In January the weaving guild I am a member of started a project that required using a pin loom. The chairperson asked for members to make some squares and donate to the cause. I didn’t have a pin loom, nor money in my budget to buy one, but I decided to learn about the loom and perhaps make one. I set about learning about this type of loom and I made several before I finally got to the point I am at now. I watched lots of YouTube videos on how to weave on a pin loom, and I read several forums and blog posts. I finally made one with just straight pins stuck into a cardboard box and I made my first square. I made it with Knit-Cro Sheen, a mercerized cotton thread. You can see it in the picture below, it’s attached to my black and white top. I made that first square into a flower. That is what we are making the woven squares for, to make flowers for a gift bag that our guild is giving. I decided to try making some squares to help with the project, also because this is a good opportunity to learn a new weaving skill; which is why I joined the guild to begin with. Below the first picture is my shirt with the flower I made. I also made a name tag, as you will see in picture, to wear to our guild meetings. The other pictures below are the pin looms I made. I improved my technique as I went along. I learned using solid wood doesn’t work well because a nail into the grain causes splitting. I know engineered wood is better, such as plywood, but I didn’t fancy that material for my loom. I experimented with several nails and finally found a #18 stainless steel nail with brad head that is 1-1/4″ long. I used old books that were destined for the recycle bin. I learned much and am enjoying this weaving project. It is portable enough that it could be packed along on outings same as a knitting project often is. I experimented with many threads and yarns too. I finally decided to make the squares for the guild project from Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, colorway is Parrot.