How to Make Flowers With a Loom

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Flower looms were quite popular in the 1960s and have become so again. These looms are easy to use to create basic or sophisticated flowers that can be embellished. Materials range from fine gauge wire and beads to yarn or ribbon. It is a great way to use up leftover scraps of material. Finished flowers can be used as pins, magnets, package embellishments, or to make afghans or clothing. The uses are limitless and all ages can loom.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-ply yarn
  • Wide end needle
  • Round loom
  • Scissor

Basic Flower

  • Pull a length of yarn from the ball and secure the loose end underneath the loom. The yarn should always be taut so the flower petals are even all the way around.

  • Bring the yarn up over the top of the loom between two posts and wrap it around the opposite post. Pull it back toward you and wrap it around the post, crossing the yarn over itself as you wrap.

  • Continue wrapping the yarn by moving from the post you just wrapped up to the post opposite you, crisscrossing the yarn in the center as you loom. Repeat this step, moving around the loom in a clockwise manner until you have woven the yarn around the entire loom twice, ending where you started. This makes a thick flower.

  • Thread the large hole needle with one strand of yarn. Bring it through the holes near the center of the loom and push it down through the next hole while holding it securely from the back. This will secure the center of the flower. Continue this step all the way around until you arrive at the starting point. Thread the yarn through the back and tie it off. Trim loose ends with scissors.

  • Loosen the initial yarn that was secured in place when you started to loom. Pull it through the back of the flower and tie it off, trimming the ends. The flower is finished. Slide the petals from the loom pegs one at a time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sew a button in the middle of the flower after it is finished.
  • Add a pin-back to the flower by gluing it in place.
  • Stitch some beads into the center using embroidery floss.
  • Use care when working with the needle. Children should be supervised when performing this step.

References

  • "Loom Knitting Primer;" Isela Phillips; 2007
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