Speedweve Darning Loom Holder Finished

When I bought my little loom, it came in a plastic bag I had to cut open to get to the loom and accoutrements.

This means that all the things fall out of the bag all the time.

I did some measuring and sketching.

And then I made my own pattern.

Et voila! The holder is finished. It has a handle and an off-center example of what the darning loom can make.

Inside we have a few things to hold things in place.

One pocket for each part of the loom and a center pocket to hold the long needles, the bands, and that thing I don’t know what to do with. I also sewed a piece of felt onto one pocket to hold some of the shorter needles.

Everything comes together nicely.

I’m quite pleased with how this turned out. Now I need to make one for my bigger loom. To do next time: carefully center the front image and watch a tutorial for best practices in attaching snaps.

Kiriki Press: Beach Day

I love, love, love how this one turned out. Yay for Beach Day!

Aside from liking the beach, I bought this sampler because I was curious about how to make the hat. How does one get embroidery to stick up like that?

In this case, I was instructed to do couching stitch to build up half of a sphere and then cover it with detached buttonhole. Brilliant! The base of the flip flop is just chain stitch, but with that thread color, it looks like a rattan sandal.

This stitched up fast, too! Probably the hardest part was tying that bow.

#YearofStitch Sampler No. 3

We got to choose our own quote to go into the quote section. I chose to use Wallace Stevens’s words.

As usual, colors continue to be tough for me. I’m happy with my bird, and I think the nest goes well, but I think I lost my way when it came to the frondy things.

Despite my color mishaps, this was a very fun sampler to complete. I also figured out how basket weave stitch should work when you have two or more colors: the color is woven the same way every time. It doesn’t alternate! You can see what happened when I didn’t know that.

Kiriki Press Sampler: Valentine

This was a fun one. My satin stitch continues to improve. And it was the easiest thing in the lineup, so I think that’s a win.

Here’s a closeup of my work

And one from the other side. As per usual with Kirkiki Press, I did some ripping out. The middle heart is single strand, but that wasn’t the way I stitched it the first time.

You can also see that I didn’t quite have the spacing correct for the Herringbone Ladder on this side and things got crowded.

Herringbone Ladder was the most challenging thing. I found it hard to wrap my mind around where the loops should start. I eventually got it, though.

The bonus pattern was this cute anatomical heart. It was very quick to stitch up and I didn’t have much trouble with it.

Here’s the full layout, including the coupon code. I greatly admire this company’s business acumen, as well as the artistic merit.

Another Speedweve-Style Creation

Because I have white sheets on my bed, I like to put a little something in one corner, so I can easily tell which corner goes where. I used my new loom (and followed a pattern I bought off Etsy) to mark one corner.

I’m quite liking the result:

This was the first time I used embroidery thread instead of sashiko thread. It’s very shiny. Here’s what it looks like after the ends are pulled through.

Since this wasn’t a darn and I wasn’t going to walk on the final result, I experimented with tying the knots off instead of weaving them in. This was slightly tedious, but no more so than threading my needle multiple times.

Deciding the Quote for My #YearofStitch Sampler

You can see my also-rans. I still like “Cleave ever to the sunny side of doubt”

I went with Century Gothic for the font (font choice was hard!) and held up the bird part to see how the quote fit.

Sadly, I left out the L in “world” and didn’t notice until I was tracing.

Happily, I didn’t like the placement anyway, so I made plans to spray away the quote after I finished embroidering. I can fix both the missing letter and the positioning.

Speedweve-Style Loom

Internet advertising on Instagram did a good job targeting me. I saw a reel of this little device, and after some obsessive research, I bought two of them, one big and one small. Mine is not as nice as the one I would have bought from Snuggly Monkey, if they had them in stock. And I may yet upgrade. We shall see.

Essentially, the device is a loom that allows you to weave a bit of a rug over your holes. Here’s a sock with two holes in the heel.

Setting up the warp yarns. (I used sashiko thread for this one)

After that, you weave the weft yarns back and forth, reversing the direction of the hooks after every row. You end up with a little checkerboard that looks like this:

My first attempt shows some shoddiness, but that’s what first attempts are for, no? At the last row, you remove the loom and tack the loops from the warp yarn down on the sock (otherwise you are left with a little pocket) and then weave the ends into the sock.

I wasn’t sure if the darn would me distracting to me. It does add an additional layer to your sock. I’ve found that I can feel it when I first put the sock on, but after about two minutes, my body adjusts and I don’t notice the rest of the day.

Hooray for this fun new thing! I’m excited to see what else I can do with it.