My favorite thing was spending time with my father in his workshop, watching him build his model railroad, making all those buildings, cars, and people tiny and yet so real looking.
He let me make tiny things in his shop too. As long as I put the tools away when I was done.
And miniatures that would really function? Well, that was always the best.
Making something tiny and functional.
I had just gotten my sample pack of business cards, and one was really thick and durable. As I turned the card in my hand, I thought it looked just like a mini loom. So I wound some warp threads around it and tried a bit of weaving... and it worked! So I designed my card to look like a loom. Because it was one.
I decided to give the little looms away at Craftcation - a conference for makers.
I wound warp around each card, gathered up some yarn scraps and tapestry needles, and made a bunch of kits.
I put the kits in little bags and gave them to anyone who was interested.
Who doesn't love a freebie?
Since it was a conference for makers who sell their craft, they told me I should be selling the cute little kits.
So I added a tiny muslin bag and decorated the box to match the color palette.
They turned out to be great stocking stuffers.
I redesigned the looms, and now I have them laser cut from birch wood. I chose birch because it's strong and durable, and most important to me- it's sustainable.
After the looms are machine cut, I sand them and give them a coat of non-toxic Danish oil.
Then I wind the warp string around each loom - I look forward to this because I can listen to podcasts and zone out on my craft. I do love winding yarn.
Most of the yarns in my kits come from my personal, embarrassingly extensive stash.
Go to my video tutorials- Learn to Weave on the Tiny Loom
The tutorials show me weaving on the older version of the loom, but all of the techniques are the same. I've got plans to create some new videos with the wooden tiny looms.
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