The newest addition to the Casa Marengo Collection of looms is the butterfly loom. The loom measures approx. 5.5″ x 4.5″ and is cut from 1/8″ birch plywood. There are so many ways to use this loom:
Weave a grouping for your wall
Makes a great gift topper
Add it to your macrame hanging
Clip it to your curtain
And, of course, it makes a great ornament for the holidays.
The first photo is my sample that I painted and wove in the colors of the Monarch Butterfly. This year the number of western monarch butterflies hit a historic low for the second year in a row. So even thought this isn’t their exact shape, I wove it in their colors to honor their beauty. Thankfully, there are several organizations committed to restoring their population.
Looms and loom kits are now available in my Etsy shop. Here are some of the other mini looms available in my shop.
Here is a short video on how to warp the mountain loom. This is the same technique for most vertical warp looms. My previous post has a video on warping a circular loom. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. Mountain looms and other unique looms are available in my Etsy shop.
WHAT?!? I know, nobody is ready to think about Christmas yet, but if you want your product or gifts to be ready for the holidays, you have to start early. Starting in May, I began developing my idea for mini, single-use ornament looms and they are now ready!
Above and below are samples that I designed. You can totally make these your own heirloom ornaments to keep or give as gifts or you can give the kit to your crafty friends. Paint them or leave them raw, back them with felt, fabric paper, etc., embellish with sequins, beads, puffy paint, embroidery and/or crochet, drill a small hole(s) to hang beads, tassels, etc. Limitless possibilities, really. They are also a great way to use all those yarn scraps!!
I have two kits available in my Etsy store:
Full setincludes: 4 mini looms, tiny beater, warp string, 2 tapestry needles (straight and bent tip), felt backing and glue.
The individual setincludes: 1 mini loom, tiny beater, warp string, 2 tapestry needles (straight and bent tip).
I will also be releasing a larger version of the tree. Instead of a wreath, you can weave a unique decoration for your door.
Of course, as a pet lover, I had to work up some dog and cat ornaments. I will also be making larger versions of these that can be used as wall hangings to honor or memorialize a pet. You can even drill a small hole to hang their tag!!
Also, in the works are a butterfly, a monkey and a nursery set (sun, moon and stars). So much work to be done still, but I think you are really going to like these. Follow me in Instagram @casamarengostudio for updates and design ideas
Making fabric on my Saori loom for crop tops and vests. Mostly cotton and silk yarn with a small amount of wool, linen and acetate yarns.
Felt coasters. Rust dyed, handpainted and embroidered.
Making purse insets with yarn I hand spun from a hand pulled roving by atapestryofgrace. It is a combination of hand dyed wool, bamboo and flax. I’m a beginner, but I think it came out okay as an art yarn. I think it looks like kale salad.
And, lastly, here is my new box tape loom made by Janet of HandyWomanShop. I think it is quite beautiful. I am reading a book on tape looms which is more fascinating than it sounds. It’s filled with the history of tape looms including great photos. I also learned where the term “red tape” likely comes from.
I’ve been working on small wall hangings using various recycled and natural elements. The pine needles are particularly tricky to work with. Clockwise from top right: 1) cotton, wool, pine needles, wood, leather; 2) Wool pine needles, leather; 3) hemp, cotton, wood; 4) Wool, pine needles, leather; 5) Wool, recycled sari silk, recycled tea bags, raffia, nettle yarn, handmade paper and watercolor. All are now available in my Etsy shop.
The big news is that I finally got my Saori loom. I am so excited and can’t wait to start using it. Will post photos soon of new projects.
Lastly, I finally finished this felted/linen/wool-embroidered and leather wristlet. Now available in my Etsy shop.
It sat on my work table for weeks just waiting for me to put the strap on. Sometimes things just fall by the wayside.
Well, that’s it for now. I hope everybody is having a great week.
I like keeping Sundays for myself to play in the studio. I either paint, weave, block print, rust/eco dye or sew. So many fun choices that sometimes I can’t decide. It’s a great time to experiment and not worry about any deadlines. This past Sunday I spent a relaxing day in the studio working with pine needles and wool. The tricky thing about pine needles is that the tips are fragile and you have to be careful not to break any off while weaving. The other hard part is keeping them steady when starting the weave since you can’t really warp them on a loom. I made two weavings, but only one of them (this one) seemed to work. I really like it and will be making more for my Etsy store.
I am very happy with how versatile this block print has turned out. I originally made it to use for home items on my Etsy store, but I think it also works for a wristlet. Of course, I had to keep this one for myself. 🙂
Here are the hot pads and a potholder:
There are so many possibilities for this block print, pillows, bags, tea towels, etc. What do you think?