Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cute Ribbon Flowers made with a Flower Loom


Along with my knifty knitter set, there was a really small loom. According the the pamphlet it's a flower loom. Anyway, I thought I'd give it a shot. Turns out, it makes these really cute flowers that can be used for all sorts of things. I think I'll use them for gift embellishments. You can also use different materials for this loom. Instead of the standard yarn, I'm using ribbon that I found at a near by craft store on sale for 5 for $1 (woohoo).

Here's how you can create the cute flowers with the flower loom.

Materials:

- Ribbon (or yarn) two different colors work best.
- Small Knifty Knitter Flower Loom (peach with 12 pegs)
- Knifty Knitter needle (should have come with the loom)

How To:

1. Tie the end of the ribbon (the one you'll be using for the "petal" part of the flower to the side peg).

2. Loop the ribbon across the loom and around the peg at the opposite end (#6 peg - counting clockwise on the picture).

3. Loop again, across the loom and around the peg at the opposite end (#12 peg - if going clockwise from the side peg).

4. Loop again, across the loom and around the peg at the opposite end (#5 peg).

5. By now you should see a pattern. :-) Continue looping around the peg at the opposite end til you've passed thru 3 times. See the picture of what this should look like.

6. Once you've looped around 3 times, tie the ribbon to the side peg and cut it after the tie.

7. Cut the color of ribbon for the center of the flower to about 1 yard length.


8. Tie one end of the ribbon to the side peg, and thread the other end with the knifty knitter needle.

9. From the back of the loom, insert the needle between the ribbons looped around peg #6 and #7.

10. From the front of the loom, insert the needle between the ribbons looped around peg #12 and #1. Tighten and continue "sewing" between the looped pegs crossing to the opposite opening.

11. Once you're nearly out of ribbon (maybe 3 or so inches), make sure the ribbons end is at the back of the loom.

12. Untie the ribbon (ribbon for center), tied on the side peg.



13. Tie the two ends together using a double knot.

14. Untie the rest of the ribbon on the side peg. Tie these two together using a double knot as well. I also tucked in under the green knot for a cleaner look.

15. Remove the pegs (you should only need to remove half) and remove the flower.


Ta Da, you're done. Aren't they cute?

Check out my other Knifty Knitter projects.

10 comments:

Kelvin Yamaguti said...

Perfect!
It's a nice idea!
Kisses
Kelvin Yamaguti

Fe said...

Thanks. And it's actually pretty fun to make. :-D

krista said...

that's really cute!

mizdarlin said...

If you don't have a loom, or can't find one, you can use a piece of wood and some finishing nails to make your own-you just have to be a bit more careful, as you can't remove the "pegs" afterwards. Nice to see this blast from my distant past...lovely tute!

Fe said...

@krista: Thanks, I'm glad you like it.

@mizdarlin: Thanks for the suggestion. That makes it all the more affordable, and if you need to remove a couple of nails with a hammer, it would still work wonderfully. Thanks.

zafran said...

that's really cute! i really like it. Pakistan flowers

Regina Rioux (aka LadyLinoleum) said...

Nice! I have a set of flower looms from the 60's that I haven't touched yet. Reading this has got my mind stirring with ideas!

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.com) said...

How clever to use ribbon! I have only done it with yarn--- one of those 'why didn't I think of that' moments. :)

Great tutorial and beautiful embellishment!

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