*14-Hook Replica Darning Loom with Premium Disk
A fabulous, quality 14-hook replica darning loom. If you're a fan of visible mending then you're going to love using this to repair a hole, reinforce an area of weakened fabric or even disguise a stain.
A darning loom with 14 hooks will allow you to create closely woven darns making it perfect for darning cotton, linen, denim or light weight knitwear.
The original 'Speedweve' darning machine was invented over 80 years ago, to help make weaving over and under threads quicker and easier. The loom holds the warp (vertical) threads in place over the hole in the fabric and with a simple 'swish' of the hooks, alternate warp threads are raised higher. As you slide your needle below the hook ends you can magically weave over one thread and then under the next, in a second!
You will receive:
- 1 x 14-hook darning loom with a beautiful premium oak disk (hand-turned in Cornwall, U.K using reclaimed timber).
- 1 x stainless steel spring (custom-made in the U.K. for MM).
- Our exclusive 20-page 'Loom Darning for Beginners' instructional guide.
We source our replica metal looms from MissionXGoods, a small family business based who manufacture these quality aluminum looms using original vintage machines. This machinery was first used over 70 years ago to manufacture a version of the 'Speedweve' darning loom and have been put to good use again by the wonderful MissionxGoods!
This darning loom is supplied with a premium hand-turned wooden disk made in Cornwall, U.K. using reclaimed oak. Each one is unique with different characterful grain patterns, compared to our classic 14-hook replica darning loom.
The disk has a smooth, domed surface on one side, a flat side on the other and a natural walnut* oil finish. It features a deeper, square shape groove which accomodates a little more fabric compared to our classic 14-hook replica darning loom. The edges of the disk are also slightly more rounded and smoother - check out the photo gallery for more detail.
Our 'Loom Darning for Beginners' step-by-step guide has been written exclusively for Ministry of Mending. This 20-page booklet includes includes detailed instructions, advice & tips as well as more than 25 detailed colour photos to dymystify the process of darning with a Speedweve style loom and give you the confidence to get going straightaway!
- Wooden disc measures approximately 7cm in diameter
- Warp width measures approximately 4.5cm wide
- 14 hooks spaced approx 3mm apart
** Nut Allergy Disclaimer
Please be aware this wooden darning loom disk has been treated with a nut oil finish. If for any reason you require a disk without an oil finish then please email me and I can easily sort this for you.
History of the Darning Loom
A Speedweve darning loom has two parts: a wooden disk and a metal loom.
The wooden disk has a groove around the side so you can attach the loom to the disk using a metal spring or elastic band.
Run your fingers across the chain of hooks at the top to make the metal hooks flip one way and the other. This alternates the height of the warp/vertical threads so you can quickly and accurately weave over and under.
The Speedweve was known as 'Lancashire's Smallest Loom' and was produced by E & A Chesstok Ltd of Rusholme, Manchester in the 1940s and 1950s.
Two models were produced labelled as: Model 1 and Model 2 (this was often stamped on the back of the metal loom).
An additional fine loom with 14 hooks instead of 10 was also made for darning silk and linen.