KATE Middleton, David Beckham and Harry Styles have all been sporting them on their wrists and now children from Limerick have got in on the loom band craze.
Over three days last week, 26 children aged between six and 12 took part in a Loomatics summer camp in Kilmallock where children were taught the secret to making the fashionable accessory.
Thanks to their efforts, the children raised €840 in aid of the Hope Foundation.
Young Kilmallock girls Lucie Nagle-Grimley, 11, and Ciara Fitzgerald, 12, were the brains behind the camp which took place in the Pastoral Centre. The girls were assisted by Ciara Conaghan, Emer Doona and Aoife McCarthy. “Lucie was making the bands and selling them as county colour loom bands on the Facebook page,” Lucie’s mum Charlotte Nagle explained.
“Then she got really, really good at it. We went to the Charleville Show selling them and kids were fascinated at how she was making them so that’s how we ended up with the Loomatics camp,” added Charlotte, who is the Hope Foundation’s events coordinator for the Mid-West.
Such is Lucie’s experience, she can now make a phone cover, a unicorn and Little Mix and Niall Horan dolls from the material.
“They are tiny elastic bands and you weave them together. You can use a crochet needle to weave them into a basic bracelet or you can use a board which is what we had for the camp. You put the elastics all along the board, you follow different designs on YouTube and you weave them with a hook through the board until they make whatever they want,” said Charlotte.
The camp was part sponsored by loombands.ie.
“The parents loved it – they asked if they could book the children in for Halloween that it was the best camp they were at. It’s creative and there is that sense of achievement,” said Charlotte, who paid tribute to all those who offered their support including Monica Conaghan and Breada O’Riordan who brought hot food every day and Tom Harrold who lent a projector.
For further details see the online shop facebook.com/countycolourloombands or contact 087 3666937.