A bargain purchase…
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a vintage Spears weaving loom on eBay for less
than £10, It is a smart little 1950’s Spears Weaving Loom no 3.
Now, you may be thinking ‘isn’t that a kid’s toy?’ Well, yes Spears are known for making toys and kid’s stuff – but this is a REAL loom. It is what is called a ‘fixed heddle’ loom, which means you can lift alternate warp threads (the threads that are put along the loom before you start weaving) by just lifting up the ‘heddle’, a grid like part in the middle. This is MUCH faster than if you had to weave in and out of every thread.
I will do a tutorial on setting up this little loom, and basic weaving, very soon – it is lovely and easy to use, and makes ‘real’ fabric which is wide enough, and long enough to make nice things from . These elderly looms still have plenty of life in them – and are SUCH a cheap way to get into weaving!
Which size loom is the loom for you?
I highly recommend that anyone who fancies trying weaving attempt to win one of these Spears weaving looms. The No 3 is a decent size, the No 4 is bigger, but quite a lot more expensive, and the No 5 is more expensive still as it let’s you do very fine weaving. The most commonly available is the No 2 size. This is very, very cheap to buy, but do bear in mind that it is VERY small. I would personally recommend trying to get a No 3 instead.
The loom is made of sturdy wood and varnished. The heddle is wooden, with wire
between, making little loops. The warp threads, and finished work, wind on to grooved beams, which are held in place with cotter pins. It is nice and sturdy – mine looks good as new, despite being 60 years old!
It includes 3 wooden shuttles and a G-clamp to hold it securely on to a table.
Mine also had the original uncut patterns and instruction book, with information on making 18 interesting (if a little dated at times) patterns.
I have just been setting the loom up ready to make a woolen bag, which I will decorate with crocheted flowers. I will post some pictures of this as I go along – maybe turn it into a tutorial!