Blue Butterfly Originals “Skipper” Pin Looms
Steel pin and native cherry hardwood hand looms, also known as pin looms. Hand-crafted in Indiana by Alan Hokenson of Blue Butterfly Originals.
Available sizes: 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, 12×12, 2×4, 2×6, 2×8, 4×6, 4×8, 6×8
Miniature weaving looms and 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.
What makes these looms so unique is the special method with which you can warp them. The majority of the yarn is laid out on the loom in three “warp” steps. Then it is all tied together with one “weaving” step.
The special pin groupings help you to memorize the four-step warp-and-weave method. Using this method, a 4 inch square can be made in 4 minutes!
The Blue Butterfly Originals Pin Looms have been updated from the vintage versions with increased pin spacing, which makes it possible to weave with a wider range of yarn sizes. Marks and numbers help keep weaving fun and methodical. The sett of weaving on these looms is about 4 ends per inch, so they are perfect for heavy worsted to bulky yarns. Finer yarns will result in a more open weave structure. This does mean that if you are trying to match to an older style loom, such as a weavette, the sett will not be compatible.
Now you can use worsted weight yarns! Very nice fabrics can also be made with a doubled strand of sock yarn.
Please note, patterns that have a definite center or symmetrical pattern need to be altered if they are written for the Weavette or Zoom loom, as those looms have more pins then the 4×4 Blue Butterfly.
Blue Butterfly Originals also makes the pin looms in several sizes beyond the traditional 4″ x 4″ square.
The woven squares and rectangles 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.
Yarns of various fiber content 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. Woven squares can be hand or machine fulled (felted), even further expanding the creative possibilities!
Never used a pin loom before? Learn how with our Pin Loom Photo Tutorial.