Flower Looms Are Back in a Big Way with Crochet Loom Blooms!
As both a weaver and a crocheter, I was more than a little excited when I first saw Haafner Linssen’s new book, Crochet Loom Blooms. This lovely little title breathes new life into the vintage craft of flower looming by pairing modern flower patterns with beautiful crochet motifs.
Crochet Loom Blooms introduces a more portable way to get a little bit of a weaving fix while also getting the satisfaction of cranking out crochet motifs in your spare time. While Haafner gives instructions for using various types of flower looms including homemade looms, the Clover loom I’m using is similar to the one used throughout the book, and offers more options for flower making.
Here is what comes inside this particular flower loom maker:
• 6 different sized loom boards
• center peg
• tapestry needle
• storage base and cover
I’ll have no trouble following Haafner with this loom! I would recommend making a mental note of how all the pieces were packaged up before you take everything out, or you might end up with a stacked-up mess of loom pieces like I did (not going to lie, I had to look up online how to fit it all back into the case!).
I started with a big basic flower to get the hang of it, and although it might seem easy, I have to admit I was grateful for Haafner’s detailed instructions. There are so many ways to make a loom bloom!
After finishing my first flower, I was feeling more confident and itching to pair flowers with crochet. I decided to go with Haafner’s recommendation and start Bumblebee’s Favorite flower pattern.
Once I got the hang of it, the flowers we’re flying off the loom, and I finished my first 3 in only a few minutes. After crocheting around them and joining, I immediately knew these would be the start of an adorable loom bloom bunting!
Pro-Tip: I HIGHLY suggest blocking your finished flower motifs. I know it may seem like a hassle to block each one, but as you can see below in the before and after blocking picture, it really opens up those blooms!
Happy loom blooming!