Sunday, May 22, 2011

the beading loom

I'm sharing another piece of history here, be aware!
If you're wandering why I'm such a crafty person, well the answer is: it's in the DNA.

If you want to see my dad happy... take him to hardware store. The bigger, the better (because yes, size does matter sometimes).

Today I'm proudly showing the beading loom that my dad made in 1977 :)
Exactly 3 pieces of wood, 6 nails, 2 screws, 4 bolts, and wood glue.
(btw, I looked up online and looms retail for about 38$?? are you serious??)

This loom has traveled with me for so many summers and has seen lots of different styles beaded into itself, and I know it feels weird, but brings back so much memories... yes, it's beaten up, not high tech, but you know what?

It still meets the standards!

When I was little, loom bracelets were very popular.
Yes: just like today.
Because fashion is just about that thermodynamic law: 
energy can neither be created nor destroyed: it can only be transformed.

The come backs of the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's... if you have some wrinkles around your eyes you know it's nothing new under the sun.

A bit of beading-fashion recap:
- there was the summer when the IT thing was a beaded bracelet with your name,
- then the summer when it was all about the neon colors (yes, nothing new, again),
- and the summer that you were nobody if you didn't have the bracelet with flowers,
- and the tribal native american patterns,
- and next yes, you are hearing this well there it was, the summer of chevron stripes (that of course wasn't call chevron in Italy - it was just zig-zag)

See that? Looks like I started being OCD quite early!
It says:
bracelets 45 columns
necklaces 93 columns
rings 21 columns

So... if you like Chan Luu bracelets, well I made these first, because yes, I'm older than he.

Looks like I'll get this "antique" baby to work again :)

Thanks for reading another piece of history!

xox, d.

will link to these parties *<:)


  1. Yes, but how do you use it?????

  2. Post on how to make a bead loom bracelet coming soon :)

  3. WOW!! I love this!! Pretty cool that you have saved it. Cant wait to see your post on how to make a loom bracelet.

    Delighted Momma

  4. Hooray to Daddy, this is one cool piece of DIY! I haven't a clue what a beading loom is, but I sure love me a Daddy who can make cool stuff!

  5. Creativity is genetic, I totally believe that. I get it from my Mom. I think this is so cool. Thanks for sharing and joining in the newbie party.

  6. this is really neat,, I'm a newbie too!Its nice to meet you!

  7. Great loom! I've learned some great (and cheap) ways to make simple bead looms over the years and they do make the project much more memorable. I'm glad you hung onto this. It's funny how we doodle all over stuff as kids. I get sad to see some of the items I probably ruined that way.

  8. That is so awesome! You have something very special there. I can't wait to see what you make with it! I'm visiting from Debbiedoos and am now following you.


  9. Via Debbie's Newbies Party I got you. You're creative. Definitely will follow you and see the next project of the loom.

  10. Very cool bit of family history there.

  11. How cool your beading loom is. I'm also with Debbie's Newbies and hope you'll visit to see my fireplace makeover.

  12. What a cool post. I love history and the stories that come with a piece like this!!!

  13. That's awesome! It makes it even cooler to DIY with something that your dad DIYed for you :)


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