In the amazing, super 4" loom find from last weekend, I not only had two 4" looms, but nine of these sample cards. I think they were probably done back when the looms were still new. If you look closely, you can see the notes on each sample:
As part of my super, amazing 4" loom discovery, here are the instructions to the Simplex Hand Loom, which was made in Illinois back in the 1930s.
I don't know what else to call this post… I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! It's super! Amazing!
Last fall, when I found the Wonder Weave in a nearby thrift store, I decided that's it–I probably found my quota of good bargains and I'd never get an actual Weave-it loom. So I bought a Hazel Rose loom, and it's really nice, but you know how it goes, each time I enter an antique store or thrift store, I scan the aisles for those little square frames. Matter of fact, when I'm back in the store where I spotted the Wonder Weave, I hesitate in that very aisle, looking around, just hoping maybe…
And then it happened! Yesterday, in the same store (different aisle), I found this box marked $16.95. "Weaver Set," it said. "1933 – 1945. Books, and etc.":
So, what's in this special Weaver box? I'll detail it all in later posts, but for now here's a peek:
- 4" Weave-it Loom
- 4" Simplex Loom
- Two needles
- 11 Pattern booklets (for Weave-it, Simplex, and Loomette)
- 15 finished squares
- 9 Sample cards with 2 squares apiece, each square featuring a different pattern
I love discovering crafting supplies from days gone by. I like thinking that we share a common fascination with all things loomy with crafters from seventy years ago. Plus, finding this also shows that they're still out there–bargains in dusty aisles of thrift stores, just waiting for you to find them, call them special, and bring them home.
Coming soon: a closer look at the looms, the booklets, and the samples.
This winter I ventured outside of loom knitting by first purchasing a cheap, plastic potholder loom and then, after a few disasterous attempts at making my own, a professionally-made 4" square loom from Hazel Rose. With the potholder loom, I made a potholder (gasp!) and also a scarf. With the Hazel Rose 4" multiloom, I made several squares with different yarns, but then became focused and made a hat from the 1936 Weave-It pattern book. I also made several dolls.
Along the way, I discovered this cool, retro plastic loom in a thrift store, the 4" Wonder Weave! I liked it so much that my husband and I made a video, which is nearing 6,000 hits on Youtube. I know that isn't a huge number, but considering I didn't think it would have 100 hits, it's pretty remarkable.
The idea of looms got me dreaming enough that my Christmas present was a 2' triloom from Hideaway Homestead. It's lovely, and it works like a charm. Within just a few days, I made a shawl!
So, that all led into my new interest–flower looms. The first time I saw flower looms, I yawned and turned away. But then… I just became interested, all at once. Much to my surprise I realized I owned one–the small flower loom Knifty Knitter. (So that's why the pegs come out!) And then, while walking through an antique store yesterday, I saw this interesting little box marked Crazy Daisy Winder. It was $.10. Yes, that's ten cents… a dime. The small, round brass disc has a knob in the center that, when twisted, makes 12 tiny metal rods come out. Those little spikes hold your yarn/thread/metal while you wind on your "petals." Then, you secure the center with a series of clever stitches (the backstitch), and viola! You have a flower. A second twist of the knob, the metal spikes disappear, and the flower comes off the loom. Pretty nifty. From what I can find out, these tiny flower looms were made in the 1940's.
Because my box and loom were missing instructions, my first attempts are pretty sad, so I'll share them with you another day. In the meantime, I've I discovered many wonderful sites dedicated to flower looms. Here are a few:
- Knitting-and-com: http://www.knitting-and.com/small-looms/index.html . (NOTE: This page has a nice variety of flowers and looms.)
- The Daisy Looming Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/crazydaisies/
- Cathy of California (focuses on vintage looms): http://www.cathyofcalifornia.typepad.com/ . (NOTE: Cathy was recently on the Martha Stewart show.)
- Hana Ami loom video: http://www.clover.co.jp/cgi-bin/link_cnt/link_cnt.cgi?cnt=139 . (NOTE: This is in Japanese, and yet it demonstrates the flower loom so beautifully, that you probably don't need a translation.)
Coming soon: A Winter Recap (those felted mittens, a really floppy hat, a real picture of my shawl, and a slanted cupcake.)