*21-Hook Darning Loom with Rectangle Board & Disk
This large 21-hook rectangular darning loom is a new design based on the original 10-hook 'Speedweve'.
You can use as little or as many hooks as you want to create small, medium and extra large mends. The longer rectangular shape board helps you to create a larger surface darn (up to 13.5cm long x 6.7cm wide) and offers more support for darning sleeves, legs and socks. Plus you'll also receive a disk too, to use when repairing smaller holes.
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 quality 21-hook darning loom metal part
- 1 x large oak rectangular board
- 1 x beech wood disk
- 1 x shaped wire clip
- 1 x medium stainless steel spring
- 1 x large stainless steel spring
- Our exclusive 20-page 'Loom Darning for Beginners' instruction booklet.
We source our replica metal looms from MissionXGoods, a small family business 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.
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 board measures approximately 17 cm long and 8.7cm wide (at the top).
- Wooden disk measures approximately 8.8cm in diameter
- Warp width measures approximately 6.7cm wide.
- 21 hooks spaced approx 3mm apart.
All about Darning Looms
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.