Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be able to attend Creativation 2017, where I was able to see some of the newest craft products that creative people are bringing to market - and that included the Wrapit Loom! I had so much fun in their booth that they sent me home with their kits to try - and here's what I thought!
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The Wrapit Loom is the invention of the same people who created the Rainbow Loom that took the kid's crafts world by storm a couple of years ago - and caught the imagination of a few adults too! I never got the chance to try the Rainbow Loom, but I did take some time to sit down with the WrapiIt Loom and play!
The Wrapit Loom comes in two series - the Professional Series is designed for older teens and adults, with an age rating of 14+, and the standard Wrapit which is suitable for kids 8+.
As I'm decidedly "plus" on both those age ranges, I gave the Professional Series a try. Both sets come with the plastic loop, bead shaker, and all the beads, cord, and supplies needed to make several projects - the standard kit being more generous in the amount of beads, and the Professional Series kit featuring higher end beads and finishings.
The pieces come disassembled, but they go together very quickly and easily, and even when they are assembled they fit back in the box for easy storage (something I know every mom worries about). The age factor comes in the coordination level of the child (or adult!) and the size of the beads - they are way too small for little ones!
Figuring out how the weaving itself works took only a few minutes using the enclosed instructions. And there are patterns you can follow to make your jewelry or design your own! I did a bit of both on my first piece. I found the cord to be just the right stiffness for stringing the beads without having to use any needles.
One tool that wasn't included that I did find helpful was a yarn needle - perfect for moving beads around in the bead shaker!
I also made it too short. Live and learn! I'll probably take this one apart to reuse the beads on another (longer) bracelet in the future.
So taking what I learned making the first one, I've started a second! And found a use for one other non-standard item - a Clover jumbo clip made it easy to walk away mid project without my work coming undone. A binder clip would work well too!
It's so much fun - in order to do this review I sat down the intention of making one item - and even though it wasn't perfect, as soon as it was done I was picking out the beads for another. Addictive!
The Wrapit Loom is fun for this grown up, and as soon as summer vacation hits (all too soon!) I'm going to be sharing the Wrapit with my kids! I think they'll love being able to create their own designs, and mixing in the beads we already have here at home. Plus, we can attach both looms together to make even longer projects, like necklaces!
I hope you enjoyed this peek inside the Wrapit Loom kits - happy crafting!
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