Loopdeloom from MAPS Toys is a unique loom system with pegs that spin around to make the weaving process ultra quick enabling you to produce a woven piece in just a couple of hours. The kit comes with one loom, 15 pegs and a ball of rainbow coloured wool. The instructions are very clear to follow and show you how to set up and use the loom, whilst directing you to Youtube videos for more in depth instructions to make specific items.
My 9yr old daughter was excited to try this and although it looks a little complex, it’s aimed at ages 8+ so we were keen to give it a try. I helped her to set it up which was basically just assembling the pegs alternate ways in the loom base and then cutting pieces of wool for the warp strands and clipping them into the top of each peg.
It really then is just a simple case of slipping a strand of wool across the top and pulling it down between the pegs. Then turn the lever at the bottom which spins the pegs around and put the yarn across the other way down the center of the pegs. This method is incredibly fast and so easy Miss M picked it up instantly and couldn’t wait to get stuck in creating her piece independently.
Every morning before school and every evening in her pyjamas she could be found with the loom adding another batch of rows. I even had a go myself and found it really relaxing and enjoyable especially when you can see progress in your work so quickly. When the pegs are filled with rows of weaving I couldn’t believe how easy it was to extend the piece by simply lifting out each peg, sliding down the weft (horizontal strands) until they go further down the warp (vertical) strands and then put the peg back into place. It literally took a couple of minutes and off you go again, no messing around with any ends of wool, and you can continue like this until you have covered the entire length of the warp strands.
Before long Miss M had a wonderful piece to show us – it looks amazing and feels so soft and thick. Because it was her first attempt at using the Loopdeloom she hadn’t really planned what to make as we weren’t sure how it would turn out but we are really impressed with the results. She has decided to use this first piece as a mat on her bedside table but can’t wait to try out something else soon.
The Loopdeloom is a brilliant crafting tool that is very simple to use. It can also be joined up to another Loopdeloom which will enable you to weave wider pieces of work. Likewise you can remove pegs from this one to make a narrower piece if you wish. It is so versatile and with a little imagination you can create lots of woven pieces such as scarves, bags etc.
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.