Winter is coming…

Winter is coming…

Best get your socks knitted!

 

Prym Sock Loom

All sizes £10.00

 Sock loom

All subject to P&P – order from our online shop Butterfly Loom

Take a look at our new range of yarns, from affordable to Beautifully British

Proper Woolly

Proper Woolly 2015
Our stand at Proper Woolly 2015

We had a great time over the week-end at Proper Woolly an event to promote natural wools and yarns held at the livestock market in Holsworthy, Devon.  Very well organised, good footfall and plenty of interesting stalls to see.

I popped over to  Blacker Yarns and had a chat with Lara.  I had already made a bag using their Classic Aran in Olive using the Magic Butterfly Loom.

Blacker Yarns Classic OliveI am going to experiment with their Blacker Swan range, a joint venture between Blacker Yarns and Andrez and Ali Short who farm at Swan Inlet Farm on the Falkland Islands.  I am going to match 3 colours from the range Buttonweed, Seagreen and Seafoam.

I had a good chat with Sharon Driscoll of Newhall Naturals. Sharon spins and sells her own creations. She went off with a Magic Butterfly Loom to experiment, so it will be interesting to see what she comes up with.  I also met Lyn Soutar of Aneed2BeadnCraft, she runs lessons in knitting, crochet, Kumihimo and beading and thought the loom would make a nice addition to her repertoire!

The local WI groups and various Brownie and Guide troupes all expressed an interest in workshops and it was great to be invited by a whole range of groups from Brownies to seasoned spinning & weaving guilds to either give talks or workshops to their members, so a busy time ahead!

I came away with a skein of mohair from Julieann at Noteworthy Mohair, beautiful yarn hand spun from their own goats.  She had a whole set of the Looms she was hoping they would keep the kids occupied!  I am going to use the mohair on the loom and see what I come up with.

All in all, a great weekend, disappointed I didn’t get time to buy much yarn myself; still, there is Yarndale to look forward to!

Baby Blankets

These are two baby blankets made using the same materials but on different looms.  They both use Inca Cloud Lemon Alpaca for the main body and the cream contrast is 50% British Falkland Merino and 50% Tencel.

This one is made using the Magic Butterfly Loom.  I wrapped one row per square and made 6 squares.  I joined the squares using the braid joining method.  As this is for a baby I thought the open weave might be too lacy for little fingers to get wrapped in, so I decided to put a backing on it.  I edged a piece of lemon flannelette with blanket ribbon and attached it to the back.  I braided one short edge to make the top of the blanket and  trimmed the other 3 edges to create a fringe.  Where the squares meet I needed to put a few extra fringes in.

Baby blanket - Magic Butterfly Loom Blanket - Magic Butterfly Loom - detail

 

This one is make using a Peg Loom,  I used single thread and used the fine pegs.  As the peg looms leaves you with tassels at each end I cut the one end short and then cut a piece of flannelette and blanket stitched this along the top to make a nice smooth edge.  I then added extra fringing to the bottom edge to finish this off.

 

Baby blanket - Fine peg loom                                          Blanket- fine peg loom - detail

The colours haven’t come out very well on my photos but these are lovely pale yellow.

 

Butterfly Looms and Peg Looms are available from my website Croft Looms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They’re Here!

The Butterfly Looms have arrived from Australia!

All priced up and ready to go, generally they will be dispatched via Royal Mail but the large ones will have to go via courier as the RM do not take parcels over 61 cm. I had not really appreciated how large the rectangular and the large ones are; though I knew the measurements and I had seen Carolyn’s video on YouTube I had mentally underestimated their actual size – still makes for quicker results!

I have set up an EBay shop, unfortunately as I am ‘new’ I can only post 10 items until I receive a letter in the post from them. Once I have jumped through a thousand hoops I will have a button on this blog to link straight to my shop.

My price list is attached, if any one wants to place an order here and now without going through EBay send me an email using the contact form on the homepage of this blog with your requirement and I can send you a Paypal invoice, if not here is the links to the 3 I have up at the moment:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Butterfly-Loom-Small-/221316969196?pt=UK_Crafts_OtherCrafts_Spinning_Weaving&hash=item338784f2ec

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Butterfly-Loom-Baby-/221316934478?pt=UK_Crafts_OtherCrafts_Spinning_Weaving&hash=item3387846b4e

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Butterfly-Loom-Medium-/221316985258?pt=UK_Crafts_OtherCrafts_Spinning_Weaving&hash=item33878531aa

Just starting my first project – I will be uploading my creation as soon as it is complete!

butterfly loom price list