Pinwheels were popularized by Jean (aka Jeen on Ravelry). She is beloved by many a rigid-heddle weaver who she has helped out of a jam or inspired with her clever loom skills.
Typically thought of as the domain of bigger, fancier looms, pinwheels are absolutely within reach of the rigid-heddle weaver. With this pattern, a few pick-up sticks, and your rigid-heddle loom, you can learn how to make the perfect pinwheel. The results are addictive, and you will find yourself using them over and over again on pillows, placemats, napkins, scarves, and shawls—a cleverly placed pinwheel makes anything you can dream up better.
This pattern will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make a playful runner including tips on how to manage your selvedges and tips on how to watch for and fix mistakes.
Yarn: Shown in Cleo by Plymouth Yarn; 125 yd/50 g per skein (1,134 yd/lb); 17 w.p.i; DK weight 100% mercerized Pima cotton Alternate colorway worked in 3/2 pearl cotton from WEBS 1,260 yd/lb; 17 w.p.i; 100% mercerized pearl cotton
Basic Skills Necessary
Ability to warp a rigid-heddle loom
Willingness to make mistakes and laugh
Rigid-heddle loom with a 12″ weaving width, 12-dent rigid heddle, 2 shuttles, 2 pick-up sticks at least 14″ long
You Will Also Need
Coordinating sewing thread, sewing and tapestry needles; steam iron, pins