I recently bid on a Speedweve on an auction website. This being Lancashire’s Smallest Loom, I got very excited when I won the bid. It is a nifty devise to speed up all your darning tasks. I was lucky to get one with the original instruction leaflet, but a quick search on the internet showed that many people have one lingering in the sewing box left by Gran without one, so here’s a picture heavy post on how to use the speedweve:
Tools required: Speedweve, two rubber bands, darning needle, thread (I used embroidery floss from said sewing box), a snipping implement, a HOLE.
Here’s a close-up of the darning plate and the actual loom. Mine came with two: a coarse one for wool yarn and a fine one for linen and silk. The darning plate has a groove.
Place the hole over the darning plate and fix with the first rubber band.
Then fix the loom in place with the second rubber band.
Now set up the warp yarn: fasten the yarn at the bottom of the hole, wind yarn onto the hook above and fasten with a stitch at the bottom. Repeat until the hole is covered. How many hooks you use depends on the size of the hole.
To weave, hold the point of the needle and run the eye of the needle BETWEEN the two rows of yarn, close to the hooks. By going eye first, you won’t catch the needle on the warp yarn.
Reverse the warp yarns by sliding your finger along the top of the hooks.
Don’t forget to fasten the weft thread at the side with a stitch!
When you put the needle through the warp yarn, push it down before pulling the weft yarn through. This ensures an even weave.
Once you are as close to the hooks as you can get, disengage the loom—this can be a bit fiddly. You are left with a row of loops.
Sew down the loops, et voila, a darned tea towel!
I also tidied up the back and sewed down the edge of the hole.
As you can see, this tea towel is in herringbone weave, so my next adventure will be a hand darn, but in pattern… Wish me luck!
Added 25 April 2019: please note that I’m not able to advise on where you can buy a Speedweve and I will delete any comments asking about it. I was lucky enough to find one on an on-line auction site, so all I can say is: keep an eye out and fingers crossed you get lucky!
In addition, I have had to make the decision to delete any comments linking to speedweves for sale, as they expire as soon as the item is sold.