Blue Butterfly Originals’ “niche specialties” are hand
looms, the Blue Butterfly Originals Skipper. -- Miniature weaving looms,
(there are always those who want to do things in miniature) and the
small hand-looms, so popular from the 1930's into the early 1970's, are
happily making a come-back in the craft world. Versatile and portable,
projects can range in size and complexity from a single woven square for
a mug rug, to several hundred connected squares for a bed-spread.
All types of yarn can be used to weave the squares.
However, using wool yarn allows fiber artists to combine two interests
in the world of wool: weaving and felting. Warping the wool yarn on the
Skipper loom ensures that the woven squares will keep their shape,
whether hand or machine felted. Hand-looms are thus a tool for felting.
The woven squares are building blocks that can be combined into a
variety of patterns for a variety of projects: afghans, pillows,
scarves, and table-runners, to name a few.
All Blue Butterfly Originals Skipper looms are
hand-crafted in Indiana using the native American woods: cherry and
walnut. They are proud of their looms, as they offer another medium for
working with wool.