• Wed, May 13 2009

How to make flowers on vintage flower looms

Vintage flower looms are wonderful little gadgets. You can use them to make vunderbar flower motifs with yarn, embroidery floss, ribbon, cord, or even wire. A word of warning about working with wire on any vintage loom- basically….. don’t do it.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Why? Wire has no give at all, so you don’t want to stress your old or vintage looms. If the metal or plastic is fatigued, it will break.

Now, I really wanted to play with wire, so I whipped out to the workshop and made myself a wooden flower loom.

I cut a circle of hardwood that’s  2 3/4 inches (7 cm) in diameter.

Then, I drilled 12 evenly (well, ~close to evenly~) spaced holes and pounded in 1 inch (2.5 cm) brass pegs. Finishing nails would work just as well.

And, of course, I had to make it pretty, so I burned it with my wood burner.

What can you do with the flowers after you have made them?

Use them in scrapbooking;

use them for doll hair;

stitch a pin to the back and pin it to a hat, bag or lapel;

stitch them onto or into freeform crochet or knitting projects;

embellish garments or home decor items with them;

the wire ones are, of course, great for pins and broaches;

make a heap of them, stitch through them and make toys with them, like vintage yoyo dolls…..

Lots and lots and lots of things!

Here’s the how to video:

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