Deborah and I both think that it must have been a difficult task for the judges to pick the top three out of 15 amazing 2021 Pin Loom Cake-Off Challenge projects! The variety of ideas was simply stunning. However … here is what the judges have chosen …
The countdown for our 2021 Pin Loom Cake-Off contest has begun. There are 10 more days to enter your project(s)!
No need to wait to the last minute, you can see the current submissions already on the contest Pinterest board. If you don’t see your picture on the board, but have posted your submission, please contact us! We want to make sure that we get them all.
Haven’t started yet? It’s not too late … read what it takes to participate in the contest description blog.
All submitted projects will be added to our “2021 Pin Loom Cake-Off Contest” Pinterest board unless you ask us to not post your picture on Pinterest. This Pinterest board will be the source that the judges use to determine the winners of the judged contest. All submissions will be entered into the random drawing.
WHEN TO SUBMIT
Any time from now on until March 10, 2021, midnight US CT. This means you have plenty of time to craft!
Please feel free to post any questions that you may have in any of the groups, or contact Deborahor Gabi
Questions are a good thing! In this post we will continue to add questions that have been brought to our attention, with answers. And … if you have any further questions, please contact Deborah or Gabi!
Q:What is the 2021 Pin Loom Cake-Off Contest? A: You can read about the contest inthis post.
Q:Can I only use cake yarn for my project? A: While the majority of your project should be made of the cake yarn that you chose, you can combine your cake yarn with other yarns in your project. Examples: You can use other yarns together with your cake yarns as needed for your design. You can use other yarns to crochet around your weavies and/or join your weavies together. You can add a border that is not cake yarn. You can make tassels, cords, or other embellishments using other yarn. These are just examples, but we think that you get the idea. If you’re not sure … please ask!
Q:Which cake yarns can I use? A:Any cake yarn that you can buy is fine: Any company, any quality, any colors (gradient cakes are fine, too).
Q:What project can I make? A: You can make almost any project that you wish (see blog or info sheet for details): You can follow a pattern or make up your own. Take a look at this Pinterest board for inspiration.
Q:Can I use a potholder loom? A: We decided that a potholder loom is ok, as long as you use cake yarn.
Last year, the Yarnspirations company ran a Caron Cake Contest where people could post pictures of their projects and win … yarrrrrn!
Some of us participated, but honestly, there were so many submissions that it was pretty much impossible to even find one’s own submission photo! So … Deborah and I decided that we will do our own cake contest, just for pin loom weavers: Welcome to the 2021 Pin Loom Cake-Off Contest!
Here is how it goes …
Pin loom weavers around the world.
To participate (in a nutshell, more details below):
Make a pin loom project, using any cake yarn. Post a picture of the final project.
Our definition: “A yarn cake is a self-striping yarn that comes in a flat ‘cake’ shape.”
Use any loom or looms you want.
Make any item that you want. Your project(s) needs to consist of at least three weavies, but it can have as many as you wish.
Enter more than one project.
Use any pattern or no pattern.
Combine pin loom weaving with other crafts like crocheting, knitting, embroidery, … as long as the majority of the project is pin loom woven.
Use embellishments like buttons, ribbons, …
Submit past projects that you made for the Caron Cake Contest, or any other projects you made in the past, using cake yarns.
If you don’t have access to cake yarns, please contact Gabi. We have a limited supply of yarn that we can make available at a decent cost.
January 21, 2021 Announcement. Take time to prepare.
February 1st, 2021 Kick-Off! Get weaving! Posting final project pictures is now allowed.
March 10, 2021 Submission/Posting deadline is at midnight US Central, no excuses.
March 15, 2021 The winners will be announced!
Please post your final project picture at any of the following places. These are also good places to ask questions … and just chat!
This is a voluntary effort that Deborah and Gabi conduct as a courtesy to the pin loom community. We will do our best to make it fun. If you choose to participate you accept that the organizers cannot be held liable for anything related to this event.
The event is open to pin loom weavers worldwide, but in case you win, we can only ship where legally possible, and you are responsible for any additional customs/tax/mail fees in your country. No substitutes.
We’re getting close! Watch our photo presentation on Pinterestgrow, and look at some of the Mystery Guess contributions … bags of all sorts are a very popular pick, but we also had some very “interesting” ideas, from apron to walrus!
Goals for this week:
This week’s theme is to “getting things right”. Besides taking time to check our previous work, we will optionally explore the “right” and “wrong” side of a pin loom project. While the mystery project is designed in a way that it comes out “right” without paying much attention, this is a good opportunity to look at the basics of fabric sides, and we are using Saori-style weaving to help us easily identify what to call the “right” side.
Can you believe it? We are half way through our weave-along! Our Pinterest board shows the progress in pictures, and if you want to see very long strips of beautiful colors and joins and even more very long ropes – a variety thereof – check out our Week 3 Pinterest Board for review.
Goals for this week:
This week’s theme is to “go over and up”. We’re starting to add weavies using horizontal joins, like joining rows to rows. Optional, there’s a little bit silliness when I ask you to draw a picture of what you think the mystery will be!
By now, we have used each of our colors at least once. It was so interesting to see the different effects of all the weavies, sewn together, during Week 2! And then there are of course the optional 2020 squares and hexies …Take a look at our Week2 Pinterest Board.
Goals for this week:
This week’s theme is to “make long things”, we’re going to put all six weavies into one long row, and there’s an optional assignment to make … a rope.
I would like to invite all yarn lovers to our first Berroco “Virtual Yarn Tasting” for the new Spring/Summer 2019 yarns and patterns collection.
“Yarn tasting” means sampling new yarns and talk about them, discuss the new patterns for those yarns … and prepare for a great season of scrumptious warmer weather knitting and crocheting. Most importantly the goal is to have a good time together.
It is my honor to moderate this conversation in a Facebook group, co-hosted by Berroco’s Media Director Amy Palmer.
The group is now open. Over the next 2-3 weeks there will be videos and chats to introduce and explore the new yarns.
Please join in, and also feel free to share this invitation with anyone who loves yarn!