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Last updated on Sep 9, 2020

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Rainie Owen

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Rainie Owen


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About TheUnusualPear

Sales 8,420
On Etsy since 2014

Weaving Looms & Tools | Hand Woven Textiles | Hand Spun Yarns | Drop Spindle Kits

About me
My name is Rainie Owen and I am the weaver and loom designer behind The Unusual Pear.
I run my studio and workshop from home in Newcastle, Australia; where I live with my husband Beynon and two kids, Poppy and Louis.
I caught the weaving bug in 2014 when I was pregnant with my daughter Poppy. The therapeutic nature of weaving was a much needed creative outlet for me during my last weeks of pregnancy and has flourished into a wonderful daily ritual.
Every spare moment I have, I weave.

About my products
After a few months of weaving, I began designing and prototyping my own range of weaving looms late 2014 and in February 2015, I released my first range of beginner-friendly and affordable weaving looms to the market.
The Unusual Pear weaving looms and tools are made from beautiful FSC certified bamboo and each and every piece is sanded by hand before heading out into the world.
My weaving looms and tools are my original designs and have been tried and tested for years. When purchasing from The Unusual Pear, you are purchasing an original design, an Australian made and owned product and supporting a small creative business.
The Unusual Pear is always evolving with my ideas and passion to rethink designs, making old crafts fresh, exciting and interesting again.

Learning to weave..
I feel so lucky to have the honour of helping people find their creative passion with weaving.
Weaving is the type of craft that will literally change your life. It's one of those healthy addictions that is actually good for your spirit and mind. If you're anything like me, you need to keep your hands busy at all times but don't have the brain capacity to keep up with counting stitches and following instructions, then weaving is the craft for you!

Shop members

  • Rainie Owen

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    I'm the gal who's getting you addicted to weaving!

Production partners

  • Sue and Ray the Rug Yarn Makers

    NSW, Australia

    Sue and Ray have been developing and making this rug yarn for the last 18 years. They have their own beautiful Alpacas which they shear to create this yarn. I have been working with them for a few months now to create my own colour blends. This yarn is only sold online through The Unusual Pear.

  • Lynds the Laser Cutting Queen

    Sydney, NSW

    Lynds laser cuts the weaving looms and tools that I design from FSC certified bamboo. Once cut, they take a short drive to my home in Newcastle where my husband and I give them some TLC and sand out all those splinters and smooth out all the edges.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 12, 2019
Please ensure you read my shop policies regarding returns, exchanges and shipping before making a purchase. Once you place an order you are accepting these policies. Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
The Unusual Pear Weaving Looms & Tools

- Please choose carefully and read the descriptions for each item you would like to purchase.

- The Unusual Pear will refund or exchange most* items within 3 days of delivery. *Items that were on sale and items that were a custom made (any yarns, wool or customised/modified products) will not be accepted for refund or exchange.

- If your item was damaged in transit I will require you to send photographs of the damaged item and also photographs of the packaging that they arrived in; Either a replacement or refund will be granted for the item damaged in transit. Please make contact within 3 days of receiving your order.

Buyers are responsible for all shipping costs for returns and exchanges.
Your order will not be shipped until payment has been received.

- Your order will be shipped via Australia Post in 1-5 business days once payment has been received
- Your order will likely arrive within 2-5 business days depending on your location. 2 days NSW and 5 days WA
- Tracking information is provided with all Australian orders
- If you require signature on delivery, you must select and pay for this on the checkout page.


- Your order will be shipped via Australia Post in 1-5 business days once payment has been received.
- Your order is being sent from Australia and delivery times vary.
- Very rarely, packages can be held in customs for routine checking and if this happens, can take 6 weeks to arrive.
- Tracking is not provided unless you select and pay for this option at the checkout.
- If you require signature on delivery, you must select and pay for this at the checkout.
- The buyer is responsible for any customs duties or taxes charged in your country. Please be aware of what these charges are before you purchase. I am legally bound to fill customs forms correctly and I will not mark any items purchased as "gift". US and Canada do not incur any fees but I know parts of Europe do, so please check it out to avoid any disappointment.


The Unusual Pear will not refund or replace packages if they are lost, stolen or sent to the wrong address. It is the responsibility of the buyer to pay for signature on delivery (and tracking for international orders) if so required.

More information

Last updated on Oct 26, 2018
Frequently asked questions
How do I find the resources to use your looms? - I have videos, photographs and written instructions for my weaving supplies.

What size loom should I order?

The size of the loom you order is really just a matter of personal preference. You can choose to warp and weave the whole width of the loom, maximising your weaving area or you may choose to only warp and weave a section of the loom to create a smaller piece. You can add tassels to create longer lengths to your pieces.

The best value for money is my Big Mama Loom as it is the biggest in my range.

What should I use to warp my loom?

Warp is the lengthwise threads of the weaving and the foundation for your woven piece. You want to use a strong thread that will not break.

The most common type of warp is cotton. I have a great natural cotton warp in my shop which is strong and perfect for warping. It's 200g so it will get you through a ton of weavings before you would need to order more!

You can use all sorts of thread for warping and any colour you like to create interest in your piece.

What sort of yarn and materials can I weave with?

The wonderful thing about weaving is that you can use almost anything as your weft (the crosswise threads of the weaving).

The yarn that I sell in my shop are hand dyed and/or hand spun Australian wool yarns. I choose to include Australian made wool yarns because I believe in supporting local businesses and I also know and understand the impacts that some other yarns have on the environment (nylon, acrylic etc).

These are the conclusions that I have personally made, you may use whatever materials you have available to you :)

Where can I find more pictures and inspiration for weavings?

You can head on over to Instagram to find a motherload of inspiration by searching popular hashtags such as #weaving #woven #wovenwallhanging #weave #weaverfever #getyourweaveon #weaversofig #weaversofinstagram #handwoven #weavingloom and so on.

You can find out what other people are creating with The Unusual Pear products by searching #theunusualpear and @theunusualpear

It's important to remember that a persons original artwork or weaving should not be directly copied. By all means, draw inspiration from someone who inspires you but be mindful not to directly copy and try to be original with what you create :)

What do I need to get started?

Well, you'll need to get yourself the basic tools to get started. This includes:
- Weaving loom
- Weaving needle
- Weaving comb
- Cotton warp
- Scissors
- Yarn