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Weaving Class, Needlework and Textile Guild of Media, and Speedweave Darning Loom
May 6, 2022, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Needlework and Textile Guild of Media

The ANG definition of needlepoint is “Counted or free stitchery worked by hand with a threaded needle on a readily counted ground.” That is my preference but I do like to try other crafts occasionally.

Next craft to try is weaving on a loom. I signed up for a beginning class (https://www.athomemodern.com/coursesandworkshops) in June in Philadelphia.

And, I am joining the Needlework and Textile Guild of Media. We met for the first time last month and about 2 dozen folks showed up.

Here is the list of what everyone is doing and/or would like to do.

  • Quilting
  • Knitting
  • Braid weaving
  • Braiding
  • Visible mending/sashiko
  • Weaving
  • Crocheting
  • Sewing
  • Embroidery
  • Rug making
  • French wire work
  • Beading
  • Needlepoint
  • Hand weaving
  • EPP crochet
  • Fibers
  • Macrame
  • Felting
  • Icording
  • Paper piecing
  • Collaging
  • Lace making
  • Applique
  • Darning
  • Repurposing
  • Needle felting

There will be a demo on invisible and visible mending for the May 10 meeting at 7 pm at the Media Arts Council (11 E State St in Media). If you’re in the area, please join us.

I saw a darning loom advertised on Facebook and decided that I should try it. Not bad for a first attempt. I practiced on a sock. My husband has a favorite sweater that needs a new elbow. Hopefully, I’ll be able to save it.

Step 1 is place the hole over the wooden disc and attach to the loom.

Step 2 is to hook the yarn vertically over the hole.

Step 3 is to weave the thread back and forth.

I took the loom off here but should have added several more horizontal lines of thread.

It made attaching the ends more visible with such large loops so I weaved 2 more lines without the hooks but they weren’t tight enough.

Step 4 was to whip stitch the loops to secure them and tie off loose threads on the back.

This is a “Speedweaving” darning loom but the name is not accurate. It took me most of the evening as we watched the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team bounce back (pun intended) with a win because our “big” Embid was back on the court. Any number of colors of thread could be used to make a multi colored patch.

I’ll take this to the Tuesday night meeting.

Busy week! Monday night is my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter meeting. And, Friday and Saturday is the NJ Needle Fest.