This Kumiloom seemed like a good Christmas present for my granddaughter who likes fingerloop braiding. I helped her get it going and was so impressed, I had to have one too!
The loom is made of a flexible foam with slots cut in it to hold the strings very firmly so there are no tension issues. The bobbins are terrific. They flip open to wind and flip closed to hold the string securely - - so much so that they are still holding on when only a half wrap is still on the bobbin core. The bobbins snap together in a stack for storage. I got my Kumiloom kit on ebay for $15 including shipping, but there are a number of sources for it.
My spinning wheel threading hooks needed new loops so I dug out my silk – some purchased from Stringpage.com - and dyed some white silk blue (food coloring + vinegar) and here is the result. The braid on the loom and the blue braid were made with the basic instructions that come with the loom. The black braid is a variation on the basic one.
We live on a farm that has been in the family since 1859.
Our few acres are home to our Finnsheep, a rare breed from Finland. Only a few hundred are registered in the USA every year.
Finnsheep are known for large litters of lambs.
The wool from our sheep has a very soft hand and high luster which makes it very popular with handspinners.
I have been spinning the wool from my sheep since the mid-80's. Finnsheep come in most of the colors of the sheep rainbow. We are no longer breeding Finnsheep, but have kept a few old friends for their wool.
A few years ago we found ourselves collecting and restoring antique spinning wheels. It is a tremendous thrill to put a spinning wheel back in condition to do what it was made for! We have both great wheels and Saxony wheels available as well as hand turned spinning accessories made of exotic woods by Fred Hatton.