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Harvest Moon Tutorial
Article © MAIL User: ZiLi

I always wondered, why my 'pet weave' Harvest Moon is used or shown so seldom, while it's a real beauty. When preparing a teaching session, I found a possible cause - the CGI 'speedweaving' tutorial on MAIL (Harvest Moon or Tomato Sandwich (CGI)) is imho too complicated to be followed by a beginner. So I made my own. Rings added during a weaving step are marked yellow, to clarify the procedure. Rings used for the sample photos are BA 1.6mm coiled on 7.5mm mandrel, with a final AR of 5.0 - this is imho also the most attractive AR, while it can be woven down to around an AR of 4.65, and has no principal upper AR limit.

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Step 0: Use a 1-2 chain segment as Starter ; it will be of advantage, especially for beginners, to add a piece of tie wire or a pre-existing chain segment (of any weave) to the single ring as a 'handle' - its value will prove later, if problems arise...

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Step 1: Add a single ring to the starter's ring pair - now we have a 1-2-1 chain.
Step 2: Weave a further single ring, this time 'backwards', sandwiched between the starter's ring pair, and 'left' around the previously set ring.
Step 3: Add a ring pair now, through step 2's ring, and sandwiching step 1's one - do NOT weave through that one! Now the chain's 'tail' looks like the starter's end, just rotated 90 degrees.

Note: If rings fall out of their position, and you seem to have ended with an 'unsortable jumble of rings', simply hold the chain down the tie wire or chain 'handle', maybe shake a bit, and all rings will fall back into their proper position. And if you're able to combine steps 2 and 3, you can use preclosed or 'rubber' rings, to create stretchy pieces, or to speed up weaving.

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Repeat steps 1 to 3. Now the chain's end has reached the orientation of the starter, again.

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'Rinse and repeat', until the wished chain length is reached.

Have fun.
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