Rev-o-LOOM-tion: A Modern Kids' Guide to Rocking Rubber Bands

Rev-o-LOOM-tion: A Modern Kids' Guide to Rocking Rubber Bands

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The hottest trend right now, rubber band jewelry is endlessly customizable to suit your mood!

 

Become a designer with this colorful guide that gives step-by-step instructions to creating anything you can dream up on a loom. Featuring easy-to-follow, full-color photography, Rev-o-LOOM-tion includes designs for complete beginners all

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The hottest trend right now, rubber band jewelry is endlessly customizable to suit your mood!

 

Become a designer with this colorful guide that gives step-by-step instructions to creating anything you can dream up on a loom. Featuring easy-to-follow, full-color photography, Rev-o-LOOM-tion includes designs for complete beginners all the way to those who know their way around a loom. This how-to book also offers tips on organizing supplies and recommendations on fun add-ons like beads and charms. It’s a must-have for anyone who wants to showcase his or her originality through rubber band jewelry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600789991
Publisher:
Triumph Books
Publication date:
03/01/2014
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,371,867
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Rev-o-LOOM-tion

A Modern Kids Guide to Rocking Rubber Bands


By Liz Hum, Bob Baker

Triumph Books

Copyright © 2014 Triumph Books LLC
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62368-882-0



CHAPTER 1

What's the deal with the LOOM?


With endless color combinations and styles you can customize yourself, it's no wonder that rubber band jewelry is the hottest trend right now. And the best part is you are in control, because you are the designer! Whether it's a heavy metal cuff, a trendy choker, or a flower child ring, you can make anything to suit your mood.

And it all started with weaving. Weaving is the process of interlacing threads to make cloth and it has been around since the dawn of civilization. From braiding hair to making clothing, rugs, and baskets, it is an incredibly useful skill.

A LOOM is a tool that facilitates weaving. At first, people used simple hand looms to hold vertical threads (called warp) in place while they weaved a separate thread (called a weft) horizontally, through them. As weaving became more popular, Edmund Cartwright invented the power loom to keep up with the growing demand for textiles and woven items.

During the Industrial Revolution (when we first began using factories and machines to produce goods), women used to work for long hours in front of huge, deafeningly-loud looms. They would have to wear handkerchiefs over their noses because all the dust caused lung problems. The machines were very dangerous and injured many weavers. Girls around the age of 14 would get special slips to get out of school early and apprentice with the older women. Can you imagine having to work in a factory from afternoon until dinnertime?

These days, looming is done in cleaner, safer factories by skilled laborers who work about 40-48 hours a week. The use of cheaper labor, synthetic materials, and robotic machinery is causing a decline in looming jobs. This means fewer and fewer people will ever learn how to weave, so it is important to keep this knowledge alive. Arts and crafts is a fun way to do that!

Weaving rugs and clothing and baskets by hand is still practiced by Native Americans and indigenous people in South and Central America, Africa, and throughout Asia. Some artists travel to these places to learn the skill from master artisans.

When you use a hand loom, you learn how two threads lace together to make something stronger. It improves your manual dexterity (your hand speed) and your concentration, and it has a calming effect. Once you get the hang of it, you can rely on yourself to make something your way, instead of buying something that isn't "quite" what you wanted.

So, when you start rocking these rubber band bracelets, remember, you're not just making super-cool accessories and one-of-a-kind jewelry. You are learning a very old and vital skill that you can build upon to make almost anything you set your mind to!


Did You Know?

The inventor of the Rainbow Loom is a man named Choon Ng, who came up with the idea for the tool because his fingers were too big to make the simple rubber band bracelets his daughters were weaving by hand.

CHAPTER 2

Before You Begin ...


So, you just opened your new rubber band loom and want to rock 'n' roll. Not so fast! Before you start setting and looping, you must keep these things in mind:

1. First, you need to organize your rubber bands by color. You can get a divided utility box from your local craft store for this exact purpose. It will take you FOREVER to pick out colors for a pattern if they aren't neatly separated. (Keep one divider of rainbow-colored bands, too, just in case you feel spontaneous.)

2. It is very important to have a clean workspace. A good idea would be a clean desk or table where other people can't bump into you or spill anything on your project. You don't want to wear or give a bracelet with crumbs and strands of hair stuck in it. That's just gross. (Tip: tie your hair back, too.)

3. Each design in this book is labeled according to its level of difficulty. The three levels are: Easy-Peasy, for those just learning how to loom, Rockin' Rainbows, for those who are ready for more complicated patterns, and LOOM-a-tic, for the pros. It is best to accomplish each design in order, as one builds upon the next.

4. Look for our "Pro Tips" pages at the end of each level for cool ideas to take your designs to the next level! Some extra embellishments to have on hand would be: charms, pendants, clasps, earring wires, ribbon, and beads.

5. Each design follows the same principles. First you SET the rubber bands (the red arrow will point away) in a specific, overlapping pattern. Then, you place a CAP BAND (a rubber band doubled over on itself) on a certain peg or pegs to keep your bands from falling apart. Finally, you turn the loom around completely (the red arrow will point towards you) and begin to LOOP the bands back over one another.

6. Look at the pegs on your loom and look at your hook. When you are SETTING, the pegs will be closed. When you are LOOPING, there is an open channel in each peg. If you point your hook into that open space, it will be easier to hook the right rubber band.

7. It can be very frustrating when you realize you forgot one loop and your whole design falls apart when you try to take it off of the loom. It happens to all of us at one point or another. Sometimes a rubber band snaps after you spent hours weaving. It can make you want to scream! But remember, take a deep breath, a small break, and start over. You will be surprised at how much better you are each time you try!

CHAPTER 3

Single


The "Single" is the simplest loop design. Conquer this first to get the hang of the basics.


Level: Easy-Peasy

1. Lay the loom in front of you, with the red arrow pointing away from you. Stretch a rubber band from the very first peg in the middle to the first side peg, as shown.

2. Stretch another rubber band from the first side peg to the second middle peg.

3. Continue laying the rubber bands in an overlapping, zig-zag fashion, until you reach the last peg on the loom.

4. Turn the loom around so the red arrow is pointing towards you.

5. Guide your hook into the peg, so that the hook end points into the peg, and pick the second rubber band from underneath the first. Pull to release it from the peg.

6. Loop the rubber band onto the next peg, moving backwards through your zig-zag. Try not to twist up the rubber band when you do this, or your bracelet will get twist-y as well. Fold it over as flat as you can.

7. Again, guide your hook into the next peg and grab the next rubber band.

8. Loop it forward onto the next peg. You are essentially linking each band onto the next to form a chain.

9. Repeat steps 4 and 5 along the loom, all the way to the opposite end (the side you started on).

10. Pull the two folds of the band from your last loop out, but not off the loom, with your hook and attach a c-clip. Make sure the clip secures both bands.

11. Starting with the clip end, gently pull the rubber bands from the loom with a side-to-side upward tugging motion. Secure the other side to the c-clip and BAM! You have accomplished "The Single."

CHAPTER 4

Triple-Single


The "Triple-Single" takes the setting and looping process a step forward by adding rows, making it the simplest of the thick bracelets.


Level: Easy-Peasy

1. Begin with the loom's red arrow pointing away from you. Set your first rubber band from the first center peg out to the first peg on the left side.

2. Continue to set bands all the way up the left column of pegs.

TIP: Set the bands to the middle of each peg, so there is room for more bands on top. We will be adding another layer.

3. At the end, skip the last peg on the left and instead set your band around the last middle peg.

4. Now, set a row of rubber bands up the middle in the same overlapping fashion, all the way to the last middle peg.

5. Repeat steps 1-3 on the right side of the loom.

6. Place a cap band on the last middle peg. Do this by twisting and folding one rubber band, so that it doubles, and place it on top of the last middle peg, where the three rubber bands meet.

7. Next, we add a row of triangles across the loom. Skip the first three pegs, and wrap a rubber band across the second set of three pegs, as shown.

8. Continue placing triangles up the loom.

9. The final triangle should be placed before the cap band.

10. Turn the loom around, so the red arrow is pointing towards you.

11. Guide your hook through the hole in the center of the first middle peg. Position the hook to face into the peg and the flat end to face toward you. Use the flat side to push the cap bands back as you hook the first band underneath them.

12. Release the band, without removing the cap band, and loop it to the first peg on the left side.

13. Again, guide your hook into the next peg the same way. Push the triangle band and the looped bands back so you can hook the rubber band underneath it.

14. Loop it onto the next peg.

15. Repeat looping the bands all the way up the left side and loop the last rubber band to the last middle peg.

16. Next, repeat the looping process up the center row. Be careful not to accidentally hook the cap band on your first loop.

17. Repeat steps 11-15 on the right side of your loom. Again, push the triangle bands back with the flat end of your hook so that you only catch the bottom bands.

18. When the looping is completed, your loom should look like this. If it doesn't, or if you notice one band making an odd shape, go back and see if you can fix it. If not, the best thing to do is take a breath and start over.

19. Turn your loom around, so that the red arrow is pointing away from you. Slide your hook down the center peg, making sure it is down the center of every looped band and tilt it outward.

20. Hook a rubber band onto your hook and pull it through the center of the bands.

21. Slide both sides of the band to the thick part of your hook.

22. Use the hook to pull the bracelet off of the loom. Pull backwards and upwards, using a side-to-side motion.

23. When complete, your bracelet will not be long enough for a typical wrist, so it must be finished with extensions. Leave the bracelet on your hook for the moment, and loop 4-6 bands along the right side of your loom.

24. Take your cap band, from the opposite side of the bracelet that is still on the hook, and loop it around the last two pegs.

25. With your fingers under the bands on your hook (so they don't slip off), loop the extension bands over, starting with the band under your cap band, just like you did with the "Single" bracelet.

26. Loop them until the end.

27. Hook the last loop and wrap it around the middle peg, as shown. Attach a c-clip.

28. Pull it off of the loom, by the c-clip. Stretch the hook bands out with your finger and attach the other end of the c-clip to finish.

29. Voila! You have accomplished the "Triple Single" bracelet.

CHAPTER 5

Diamond


The "Diamond" design is a thinner band with double the depth and complexity of the "Single."


Level: Easy-Peasy

1. Start with the red arrow pointing away from you. Set your first band from the first middle peg to the first peg on the left.

2. Set your second rubber band from the first middle peg to the first peg on the right.

3. Set your third rubber band from the first peg on the left to the second peg in the middle.

4. Set your fourth rubber band from the first peg on the right to the second peg in the middle, completing a diamond-shaped pattern.

TIP: Make sure you push all the bands down for easy layering. Don't let the bands twist.

5. Repeat the pattern (middle to left, middle to right, left to middle, right to middle) all the way up the loom.

6. End at the last middle peg. Check your bands and make sure there is some extra room at the top of the peg for looping. Push them down again, if necessary.

7. Place a cap band on the last peg, by twisting a rubber band and doubling it over, then sliding it on top of the other bands.

8. Turn your loom around so that the red arrow is pointing towards you.

9. Guide your hook into the peg, with the hook side pointing in, and push the cap band out to hook the first rubber band underneath it.

10. Loop it to the first peg on the left.

11. Guide your hook into the peg, with the hook side pointing in, and push the cap band out to hook the next rubber band underneath it.

12. Loop it to the first peg on the right.

13. Guide your hook into the left peg, with the hook side pointing in, and push the already looped band out of the way to hook the next rubber band underneath it.

14. Loop it up to the next center peg.

15. Guide your hook into the right peg, with the hook side pointing in, and push the already looped band out of the way to hook the next rubber band underneath it.

16. Loop it to the same center peg.

17. Following the same pattern you set the rubber bands with (middle-left, middle-right, left-middle, right-middle), continue looping all the rubber bands to the end of your loom. Be careful, especially on the middle pegs, not to grab any of the previously looped bands by accident.

18. Turn your loom around, so that the red arrow is pointing away from you. Slide your hook down the first center peg, making sure it is down the center of every looped band and tilt it outward.

19. Hook a rubber band onto your hook and pull it through the center of the bands.

20. Slide both sides of the band to the thick part of your hook.

21. Use the hook to pull the bracelet off of the loom, using an upwards and backwards, side-to-side motion.

22. Attach a c-clip to the bands looped on your hook.

23. Connect the last band to the c-clip and you have a "Diamond" bracelet!

CHAPTER 6

Ladder


The "Ladder" is one of the simplest thick bracelets with three full layers of rubber bands.


Level: Easy-Peasy

1. Begin with the loom's red arrow towards you. Loop your first rubber band from the first center peg out to the first peg on the left side.

2. Continue to loop bands all the way up the left column of pegs.

Tip: loop the bands to the middle of each peg, not too high, so the upper-layer of bands will fit easily. (We will be adding another layer.)

3. At the end, skip the last peg on the left and instead loop your band around the last middle peg.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 on the right side of the loom.

5. Set a band from the second left peg to the second right peg.

6. Repeat up the loom. Just like the beginning of the pattern, do not place a band over the last two pegs. Then push all of wyour bands down for the next layers.

7. Starting with the first peg in the center, stretch a row of bands all the way up the middle column of the loom.

8. Turn your loom around, so the red arrow is pointing towards you, and place a cap band on the middle peg. Do this by twisting and folding one rubber band, so that it doubles, and place it on top of the last middle peg, where the three rubber bands meet.

9. Guide your hook through the hole in the peg. Position the hook to face into the peg and the flat end to face toward you. Use the flat side to push the cap bands back as you hook the band underneath them.

10. Release the band, without removing the cap band, and loop it to the next middle peg.

11. Continue looping all the way up the center of the loom.

12. Go back to the beginning and lay another row of horizontal bands on top of the first, as shown. These are your "ladder" rungs.

13. Guide your hook through the hole in the first center peg. Position the hook to face into the peg and the flat end to face toward you. Use the flat side to push the cap bands back as you hook the first band underneath them.

14. Release the band, without removing the cap band, and loop it to the first peg on the left side.

15. Repeat on the right side.

16. On the left side, loop the lowest band to the next peg.

17. Continue looping up the left side of the loom, being careful to only hook the bottom band and loop it to the following peg. You will have to push both layers of ladder rungs out of the way to do this.

TIP: It becomes very important to make sure your bands have been pushed down to accommodate layers on top. It is also important to keep every layer spaced in the order it was placed.

18. Repeat steps 15-16 on the right side of your loom.

19. Turn your loom around, so that the red arrow is pointing away from you. Slide your hook down the center peg, making sure it is down the center of every looped band and tilt it outward.

20. Hook a rubber band onto your hook and pull it through the center of the bands.

21. Slide both sides of the band to the thick part of your hook.

22. Use the hook to pull the bracelet off of the loom, using an upwards and backwards, side-to-side motion.

23. This bracelet will need to be extended. Set 4-6 bands along the right side of your loom. Place your cap band on the last set of overlapping pegs.

24. With your fingers under the bands on your hook (so they don't slip off), loop the singles over, starting with the band under your cap band.

25. Loop them until the end.

26. Hook the last loop and wrap it around the middle peg, as shown, and attach a c-clip.

27. Pull it off of the loom, by the c-clip. Stretch the hook bands out with your finger and attach the other end of the c-clip to finish.


(Continues...)

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