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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Crazy with flowers

My flowers decided to bloom after all, just a few days late, but that is all fine with me. I went out to take pictures, and there was a little bee in one on the flowers. So I have little bee bum in half my pictures. Oh, well!! At least the flowers are happy about it. I guess that is all that really matters on that one.I got inspired by the flowers to make some flowers of my own. Look at the mosaic picture; the stuff in the top left photo is called Hi-Straw and Swistraw. My supply is from the 40's through mid 1960's. They are made out of Viscose Rayon so they can be washed just like clothes. I just love thrift stores!I got this idea around 4 am this morning. "Why" you ask, "was I up at that time.?" Well, my kids woke me because of their fevers. After I took care of them, I couldn't go back to sleep. Yep!! I started making flowers on my looms. The looms are on the top row, middle picture. They are from the same time period as the straw and were actually meant to be used with it. In addition, you can use ribbon and yarn with the looms, too. I think they would work well with wire work like beadders use; pretty much any thing you can wrap around them without breaking the pegs.

The next picture shows the smallest loom with a flower almost completed on it after having been woven on the loom and embroidered with pearl cotton to form the center. This is considered a type of weaving, just not very complicated weaving.

That same blue flower is show again in the first picture on the second row. Then I decided this was too boring; I needed more variety and not just in color, so I started making a variety of sizes.

In the last picture of the mosaic I have a nice little stack of flowers ready to be added to the apron. OK, so I go over board; I am used to that. The apron I used I have had for about 10 years; I purchased it at a craft store called Mac's. I loved that store; too bad they went out of business about 5 years ago. I think the apron came out rather cute -- sort of spring, St.Patrick's Day, Easter and Mother's day all in one.

Looking at these photos gave me another idea. "Oh, NO!!!" you say. Take it easy; it's a good idea I promise, and you can do it if you can find the supplies at a thrift store. Actually, I think they are selling looms like this again. But if you can't find them there is always eBay; that is where I bought the brass one about 7 years ago. Do your search under flower loom, bloom loom, crazy daisy, knit wit, studio twelve looms -- any of these will work to find something that can make these flowers. Either way, the supplies are not hard to find.

Now for the idea: Wouldn't these just be sweet on a sheer little girl's bedroom window? Hey, I have three little girls; too. To bad their windows already have blinds and curtains. But maybe I can still change that. We will see; maybe I'll get some sleep instead.

Also the flowers made on the brass loom are the same size as yo-yos made from a standard size CD; oh yes, the wheels are spinning with ideas there, too.


I noticed that Craftzine linked to this today ( Friday Mar. 16, 2007). They referred to it as a "How to" so I decided real quick I would make a true " How to" if you have this tool and don't know how to use it or if you have seen one and wondered how it worked follow the link below.
Tutorial here.
You can also see these same daisies made with double sided satin here.

Please join flickr group if you have made any of these types of flowers
Crazy Daizies. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr


  1. Such a creative and beautiful apron! You always inspire me :) Hope you can get some sleep tonight!

  2. I hope so it is an interesting concept one I would love to explore more in the very near future. Sleep would be a dream come true pun intended.

    take care and thanks for stopping by

  3. I love the apron - it turned out so cute! I also love the fact you can just throw it in the wash and not worry about the flowers. I can't wait to see what other ideas you have for the flowers. Good luck getting some sleep. : )

  4. your apron is lovely.
    I'm so sorry to hear that now both girls are running fevers.
    wow! I will definitely keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    hugs to you.

  5. Hi, I came here to check on this tool, you've commented about at Laurie's blog. Interesting one. Nice flowers.

  6. Great springy flowers. And yes, you can find that loom again. I saw it at Joanne's and Hobby Lobby. And, I just bought the Knit Witt at Joannes although I already have one in box somewhere but I've lost the instructions. I'm going to try it out soon.

  7. the cool thing about the studio 12 looms is that you can make 3 sizes of flower or flowers with 3 different lengths of petals the knit wit can't do that. The knit wit is the same size as the brass crazy daisy just not near as well made.

  8. I was so intrigued by your fun, pretty flowers I went looking for the loom. I found on Collections, Etc. a set with different sized looms, needles, etc. http://www.collectionsetc.com/Item71167.aspx

    Thanks for the great tutorial!!

  9. I looked that up that is one of the sets I have I actually own about 40 of these things in different sizes and shapes and companies. I didn't show them all on the blog that would be a little over kill.

  10. CUTE!! I like the look of the rayon; it's nice and shiny. I've not tried the yarn loom yet, but this makes me want to!!


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