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Weaving #1: Seriously Cool Loom Flowers!
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 23:44
The next two weeks will be devoted to weaving! Lots of different kinds of weaving! And we are starting it off with Teneriffe and its "spin-off cousins" - flower looms.
Thinking some of you might be surprised at the sweet possibilities the flower looms offer - so I am sharing a few of them along with a link to one of the best free PDF's available for making loom flowers.
And in a couple more days - a tutorial from me to you for making a simplified Teneriffe lacy snowflake just like the one above! It is not as hard as it looks!
This is an eye candy post! Designed to get you interested in playing with flower looms if they are new to you OR interested in digging your looms out of the stash cupboard if you already play with them.
The little brass flower loom above is nearly 100 years old and belonged to my great grandmother; and... it was the flower loom she taught me to make flowers on when I was a little girl - much less than 100 years ago!!
And a few days ago, when Diane joined me for a crafty playdate, she made her first flowers on Grammie's loom! Kinda cool don't you think?
Teneriffe lace making inspired the manufacture of little brass flower looms at the beginning of the 20th century. The techniques are similar but also quite different and the little looms made it possible to create many little yarn flowers in a short time.
In 1980, Alexandra Stillwell published "The Techniques of Teneriffe Lace" and recently it has been made available as a PDF. You can find it here.
What I love about this book is that it not only covers the history of Teneriffe Lace making but it also offers great tutorials for making Teneriffe lace.
AND it includes chapters on flower looms and how to use them!
If you still aren't convinced to pop over and download a copy, the rest of this post just might do the trick! Everything you see was made using instructions found in "The Techniques of Teneriffe Lace".
Ever since Joanie (Nini Makes) sent me a fluffy white mohair flower for my holiday tree, I have been in love with fuzzy flowers! And finally, I have made a few myself! You have already met the tiny pink flower made on my great grandmother's brass flower loom!
This one was created using a standard plastic flower loom.
And the big flower (8") was made on a knitting loom.
Pretty bi-colored flowers are possible with the flower looms. Diane at play here!
I love her flower. Don't know why I let her take it home with her!!
Saved the best for last!!! Get your hands on some swiss straw or natural raffia and start winding! In the section that covers plastic flower looms, the PDF offers winding pattern diagrams for some very cool flowers!
Standard flower, but made with swiss straw it shimmers!
Some swiss straw actually can be pulled out so you can make translucent fairy-like flowers.
Eager as I was to make these, I was pretty convinced that no way NO WAY would the petals hold these shapes once released from the loom! But surprise! They did! Happy danced all around the room!
Had to try them all!
Am going to try modifying the pattern to create a shamrock shape for St. Patty's Day.
And since the patterns were originally designed for raffia, I gave it a try!
I love this bi-color version for holiday gift wrap! So easy to make up a batch while watching TV.
(Note: Raffia qualities do vary, some seem to hold better than others. So if your shapes are not holding nicely, try another raffia brand.)
Come back soon and find out how easy it is to make a Teneriffe snowflake like the one at the top of the post!!