Hello and Welcome to our comprehensive guide to the From mushrooms to mermaids, we’ve got something latest addictive craze – the awesome craft of looming! We’ll help you to create an amazing Collection of Bracelets,Rings,Necklaces,Badges,Headwear, charms and Accessories out of rubber bands with our easy-to-follow diagrams.
A SUPERFAN’S GUIDE TO LOOMING
If you’re new to loom, you’ll find everything you need to get started and become a fully Fledged Loominear! And if you are already an Avid Band fan , there are some slightely more challenging projects, which you can customise by mixing up the colours of the bands.
What You’ll need For Looming:
At the start of each Project, it says how many bands You’ll need to complete it,so make sure You have enough before you start,to save frustration. Bands now come in nearly every Colour of the rainbow, and you can also find metallic, glittery, glow-in-the-dark, tie-dye,and scented ones. With most of these designs, you can mix up what colours you use, as long as you remember to stick to the band order in the diagram.
From mushrooms to mermaids, we’ve got something for everyone. Just remember to be patient , follow the step-by-step instructions carefully and, most of all, have loads of fun!
We cover the basics over the next few pages, and also give you some handy tips, to help you get started. Refer back to these if you get stuck along the way, as quite often it can be something simple and easily fixed without having to start all over again.
These are small , Plastic clips that are used to attach bracelets, rings and some of the headwear together. They come in a variety of shapes, and can be reffered to as ‘C’ clips, ‘S’ clips and ‘O’ clips. They’re Often included in packs of loom bands, but always check! They all work in a similar way-simply slide the band ends into gap.
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CLEAN EMPTY YOGHURT POTS
If You’ve got a mixed bag of coloured bands, it can be handy to sort them into their colour groups to make it easier when placing them on the Loom. Putting them in empty yoghurt pots is a good way of keeping your work space tidy.
These are available from most craft shops and can really make your projects unique. Some of the animal charms use beads as eyes-have a look at the section on beads over the page if you can’t get hold of any, for ideas of alternatives.
Setting Up Your Loom:-
There are many different band looms out there, but pretty much all work in a similar way. The pegs are in rows, which are usually adjustable. They can be either in line with each other, which is referred to in this guide as the SQUARED configuration, or they can be put out of line with each other,which in this book is called the STAGGERED configuration. It’s handy to have one that’s adjustable so you can complete all the projects in this guide.
Most band looms have arrows on them. Its very important these arrows face away from you when you’re placing the bands, and that you turn your loom so the arrows face towards you when you’re Hooking and looping the bands; otherwise , its very tricky and the designs don’t always work.
Placing your bands
Simply follow the numbers of the bands when placing them, to make sure all your bands are in the right place. It’s essential you do this accurately; otherwise, your project won’t work. Sometimes, bands are placed in pairs on the pegs – this is shown as two numbers on the band on the diagrams.
In most projects, a top band is Placed as the last band. These are shown as a number with two circles around it. To place bands like these, wrap the band around the designated peg twice.
Occasionally, a top band is stretched between more than one , peg. It’s shown as -a double line. To do this, place it first once. around the chosen pegs, then pull it out to one side, twist and stretch it back over the same pegs, so its wrapped twice.
Beads are a simple way of customising a project. When choosing your beads, make sure the hole is big enough to thread your band through, If you’re finding it tricky, take a paperclip and unfold it,leaving just one bend in it. Then, thread one end of it through the band and poke both ends of it through the bead before bending the paperclip out.
If you can’t get hold of beads, why not think outside the box? Drinking straws make a great alternative. Simply take one straw and carefully cut it Up into ‘beads of your own.
Another technique used in this guide is the trick of wrapping one band around another, which is then Stretched between the pegs as normal. This is often used to create eyes. To do this, take your first band, wrap it around your hook four times. Then, take, your second band and catch it on the end of your hook. Carefully slide thefirst band off over the hook ,so it’s suspended on the second band. It can take a bit of practice, but once you’ve got it, it can be very useful.
Hooking and Looping
Whenever you start hooking and looping ,check your loom arrows are facing towards you. With a lot of the designs in this guide, the bands are hooked and looped in reverse order to how they were placed. It’s good to remember this if you get confused. A handy way of working out your looping pattern is to turn your diagram upside down , so its arrows face the same way as your loom’s.
When hooking, always go inside the peg to take your band, unless the project states otherwise. It’s important you only catch the band/bands in question. When looping, try not to twist your bands, and stretch them off your hook and securely onto the peg. Simple!