Loom bands seem to be everywhere at the moment and I recently bought a few packs just out of curiosity. The Cub showed an interest, easily making a fishtail ring for me using only his fingers and the bands. He is only four and a half though and his concentration soon waned. I was a little more curious though, and made a few bracelets for him, it is nice to have something to fiddle about with sometimes, and rewarding when you can create a gift for somebody. It reminded me of when I was in the Girl Guides and there was a craze for making knotted bracelets for each other. My sister told me there had been safety issues with the bands but I could not find anything of particular concern when I Googled it. No more dangerous than playing with sellotape or normal rubber bands anyway, and the Cub is a sensible and careful soul.
I had looked on eBay for an actual loom but hadn’t made a decision about that yet, when coincidentally I heard that Hobbycraft were seeking testers for their Loom Twister Loom Kit. It comes in a handy carry case with segments for the different coloured bands and some very cute charms for your bracelets. Unfortunately the segments are removable, and I have a four year old so they are all mixed up now but that doesn’t bother me, I still manage to find the bands.
The girl and the boy across the road from me are very “into” the loom band craze and brought their kits over to show us, one day that we were playing out on the lawn. They were very impressed with our setup, and the girl showed me her wonderful collection of loom charms. Her nicely compartmentalised case had also got mixed up bands in it, so they get a bit messy anyway if you use them.
She did say that the loom was a little weak and would break eventually and enthusiastic me ordered a loom with moveable hooks on it from eBay, which they agree is top notch now. She made the creation of charms look so easy but all I’ve managed so far is a few bracelets.
My attempt at a Minion ended almost in tears (the kids make it look so EASY!!), but I think I just need some practice. That is me all over that is, start complex, realise I am not [insert project here] God and then go back and start from scratch. The young people recommended that I buy a book (I had been educating myself via YouTube), and Hobbycraft sell loom books too.
I am enjoying learning new things though and the process reminds me a bit of a crochet loom I had as a child. But way cooler, obviously.
The Loom Twister Loom Band Friendship Bracelet Kit would be a great gift for Christmas or a birthday. It is officially awesome as endorsed by the Kids Across The Road, and certainly has enough bands to keep the recipient busy for a long long time. Team this with a “how to” book or some YouTube channels and you’re good to go.
What do you think of my latest creation? Cute? This craze will keep
the Cub me busy for ages