Man, this blog is so behind! I last wrote about DH and I making potholder looms back on November 24th.
Remember that 12″ frame that I found up in our attic? – the one with the bathtub picture.
Well, before we got it completely turned into a potholder loom I found a smaller wooden frame at Sal’s, 10 3/8″ made of narrow picture molding. – 99¢
We decided the “tub loom” could wait later until later. . . With a flat front and frame width to spare, DH thought he could easily add a thin wooden lip so it can be clamped to a table, which might make it possible for S to weave one-handed without someone having to holding her loom for her!
In the meantime, I was able to turn my “new” frame into a loom, all by myself. Just five easy steps stood between me and a larger potholder loom.
- Mark where the 96 one-inch long brads will go, 3/8″ apart with three spots left open at each corner, like the pegs on the plastic looms.
- Start nail holes with awl.
- Drill pilot holes.
- Tap in nails.
- Hammer nails in further using another of DH’s custom-made jigs that make it so easy for me to get every nail to be the same height. – Like the one he made for me to use when making the mat loom. –
Ta-Dah!. . .
First Large Potholder Loom
Total cost – $3.00 ($1 for frame, $2 for 96 stainless steel nails) A Fantastic deal when compared with the $24 they want for that PRO loom I found on-line!!
Having already messed around with cutting t-shirt loopers to fit the little plastic potholder loom and the mat loom, I figured I needed loops about 8 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ to go with this one, which measures 10″ between rows of nails. I cut a few loops from each of several different colored tees, including a couple that are tie-dyed. Fun!
Ta-Dah!. . .
First Big Potholder
I could hardly wait to show the Crochet Corner ladies!
Knowing how much they enjoy weaving with the little looms, despite having to deal with the exasperation of pre-stretching loops of most brands only to find that many are still too short or barely long enough to go across a loom – which leads to many loud siiiighs – I had the feeling that the combination of soft, generously sized t-shirt loopers and the resulting generously sized potholders was going to be a Big Hit.
And. . . just think of the color possibilities! I figured if I checked every week Sal’s would supply me with a full rainbow’s spectrum of t-shirt fabric.