A few months ago, I received a little package from my mom. Inside was a letter from my Great-Aunt Coletta and tiny brass instrument that looked like something Dumbledore would use to cast some esoteric spell. Or maybe stab people.
The letter said that the instrument (just about 3.5 inches long and about 1.25 inches wide) was a little loom for making flowers that had once belonged to my Great Grandmother Anna (Coletta’s mother). Coletta wasn’t sure how it worked, and didn’t have the box or any instructions about how it worked, but if you looked closely on the height adjuster (the second spoked wheel can move up and down), you can see a name and a patent number.
My mom had done a little Googling and figured out how to make a simple rosette using the loom, and had even sent along a couple finished ones that she had made:
But I wanted to know more! What else could this little bad boy do? When was it made? Where did it come from?
A little more Googling later, and it turns out that the patent for the “Bucilla Floral Loom” was filed in August of 1935, and manufactured shortly thereafter. It was designed to be super adjustable, so that you could make all sorts of flowers-different shapes, and sizes.
But, I still wondered what you were supposed to do with these little flowers. Sure, they were cute, but not entirely practical. Well, the internet provided answers for that question, too. I found a booklet of patterns for the Bucilla Flower Loom (published in 1937, and available for a low, low price of 20 cents!)