Whether you just adore flowers, or are looking for an embellishment for your sweater-knitting project, you might find that a flower loom comes in handy. Learning about some of the flower styles and projects you can create with this small tool may keep it from collecting dust in your craft drawer.
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Make a Flower Loom
If you're especially crafty, you can even make your own flower loom. A variety of loom shapes, sizes and styles exist to create different types of flowers and embellishments. The daisy wheel is round and has dowel "spokes" laying flat around it in a sunburst pattern. This loom works best for lighter weight yarns and creates attractive crocheted and knotted borders.
The "1000 Flowers" loom is square and was originally plastic (but you can make it from wood). The pegs stick up rather than flat against the surface. The centre is open for easier stitching. Straw-type yarn does slip off more easily on this loom. Whether round or square, the size and number of peg rows on a loom also effect what kind of flowers you can create with it.
You can create your own loom from wooden discs or squares from your local craft shop (in whatever size you'd like). A dowel cut into pieces acts as the pegs. Glue them onto the disc or square in whatever pattern you'd like, and you have a homemade loom.
You can create flowers with your loom that vary in style and shape. On a round loom, your flower petals may be cut, left alone or bordered with a crocheted or knotted pattern. You can also add variety to the flower's centre by stitching across it, weaving around it and other techniques. If your loom has more than one row, you can also create flowers with several layers creating a 3-D effect. A square loom typically creates flowers with a square edge, so you can add simple or elaborate stitching. Your flowers will also look very different depending on what kind of yarn you use to create them (wool, tulle or raffia, for instance).
Ways to Use Your Flowers
Whether you've created straw, yarn or ribbon flowers with your loom, there are many ways to use them. Sew yarn flowers onto sweaters, scarves, hats and even quilts. Attach ribbon to your flower and wrap it around a gift box, placing one or more flowers on the top. Hot glue the flowers onto magnet discs and cluster them on your refrigerator. Fix them onto hair-ties or hair clips for colourful hair accessories. You can also place them on a scrapbook cover.
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