Band loom flowers

[Chapter: Craft]

There are now flowers added to my looming garden. They were inspired by the shapes of strawberry and banana loom charms in the making of the flower petals and stem respectively.

▲ 5-petal flowers and 6-petal flower stalks

If you like these blooms they can be purchased in the shop, befitting I think to include them in the bloom charm collection, and counting on them in “Bloom planting one charm at a time”!

Pom pom and strap band loom

[Chapter: DIY + tutorials]

Not only is the ball band loom a great base for making fruits and vegetables, as you’ve seen previously, it’s also befitting as a pom pom.

Each pom pom is joined to a loom bracelet strap with jump rings, and then topped with a coloured keyring.

You can find tutorial links to both ball and strap (I’m using french braid here) here if you like to try them out.

Band looming a fruity vegetable garden

[Chapter: DIY + tutorials]

Before I could start to loom band anything, I had to first decide on a path to take, or else I really didn’t know where to even begin to learn. So I chose the gardening course, this means to loom just fruits, veggies and flowers.

▲ My small harvest consists of clementines, strawberries, bananas, a whole watermelon, carrots, daikon radish, tomatoes and a chilli padi.

Though I’ve added my own twists and turns, my learning resources and inspiration are shown on this board, which lists a bouncing ball tutorial that has inspired my roundish produce (including the chilli padi and strawberry believe it or not). In fact I’ve come up with another presentation of the ball which I’ll share next week.

Tokyu Hands comes to town

[Chapter: City rounds]

Yes that’s right, one of my favourite haunts in Japan has opened shop on our island! I know I always spend much of my vacation budget at Tokyu Hands when visiting Japan. Their huge and varied range of craft supplies is a crafter’s playground.

Now back to the shop on our island which is a teeny representation of the full-fledged Tokyu Hands, a conservative rendering I would say.

Here are some scenes around the shop when I was there in the weekend:

▲ Tokyu Hands at Westgate.

▲ Hataraka upcycled totes by Metropolitan Expressway Company, using banners made from tarpaulin, a strong and water-proof material.

▲ Carabiners and hand cream packaging in candy colours, plus an iron cast Takoyaki pan.

Personally I do hope to see more interesting goods not already found elsewhere.