Another new gadget…

Remember the friendship bracelets every tween and teen girl ever has made at one point in their pre-angst years?  I’m buried in them right now, my kids are rocking at least 3 each (except for the baby), and I’ve made a few as gifts.

A few days ago, I made an impulse crafting purchase.  (I know, you’re thinking…”SHOCKER”)

The LoopDeDoo was just hanging out on an end cap with some other brightly colored objects and I walked by and thought “oooo…shiny”.  It retails for $34.99 but, really, who ever pays full price at AC Moore?  I had a 50% off coupon and $10.00 in AC Moore Rewards, so it cost me $7.99.  Not bad.  It includes 18 skeins of thread, enough to make (according to the package) 14 bracelets.  The thread was fairly nice.  None of it ever broke and it only frayed once.  I’ll bet using DMC thread would make it a little nicer, though.

I watched the YouTube videos and taught myself to use the LoopDeDoo.  There isn’t much to it, just a platform, two hooks, and a crank.  The genius part it the little notch where you can place thread you’re not currently twisting and it keeps it out of the way while you’re working on the other parts.  You’d have to see it to know what I mean.

There’s also a storage drawer, but I don’t think the creators of this thought it through when making it small enough to hold about 10 skeins of thread.  I mean, don’t they know there are craft hoarders out there who own about 75 skeins of embroidery floss?

So my mom was over the other night and I cranked out about a dozen of these while chatting at the dining room table.  Last night I couldn’t sleep so I made some more, only I started to get creative with beads, charms, etc.  Ideally I’d like to incorporate a metal clasp but I’m not sure how I want to do it.  I guess I have a look in my head and I’m not sure how to translate it into the bracelet.  I Googled a bunch of terms relating to the LoopDeDoo but there is a surprising lack of information or photos of projects on the Web.  Maybe it’s a new product?  Have you seen it or used it?

**Disclaimer:  I purchased this product, LoopDeDoo has no idea who I am or why I would should be paid for being awesome at crafting but if they want to give me free stuff, I’m all about it!**


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ria
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 09:34:42

    I used to love making friendship bracelets when I was younger. I’ve been tempted lately to get back into them and make some more. I wonder if my fingers still remember how…


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