June 21, 2011Lily Speed-O-Weave
Or Adventures in Vintage Crafting, Vol. 1
I am a total collector when it comes to anything crafting related that’s vintage. So, when I happened upon this strange looking box at a garage sale last summer, I had to snap it up:
It definitely intrigued me, as I’d never seen one before, and it was only 10 cents! I can’t pass anything up that’s a dime!
Not to mention, it promised to be easy! No skill required – can’t go wrong with that!
So, I dug it out the other day, and opened it up. Inside I found this note, which baffled me a little. I personally thought that the Speed-O-Weave looked like a good thing to pull out and attempt in bad weather, seemed like the perfect rainy day activity to me. I guess Kerry disagreed!
This was the instruction book that was inside. To say that it was lacking in instruction, would be a bit of an understatement. It basically had directions on how to complete a luncheon set, but no actual directions on putting the frame together, how to weave, etc. Googling didn’t get me a lot of info, other that other people looking for instructions. However, eBay to the rescue!
I snagged this booklet, which not only had directions, but all sorts of patterns in it, too. If you do come across a Speed-O-Weave, definitely try to locate this booklet, too.
These were all the bits and pieces inside, and everything was there, too! I was expecting more parts, or more screws at the least, but that’s all you need.
I assembled the frame and practiced winding the yarn on how the booklet specified. Initially, I had a lot of problems with the yarn popping off, as shown here. However, I discovered that if you use your finger to keep the yarn held down on one side, it makes your life a LOT easier.
Once I felt relatively competent at winding the yarn, I selected a pattern from the book. This one is called Oriental Fantasy. I haven’t the slightest idea why, as it does not evoke thoughts of the Orient in me. Especially considering the colours they called for it to be made from were forest green or aqua and ecru. I could maybe see if they were using red and gold or something? No idea where they got the name from. I decided to make it out of avocado green and black, as that’s how I roll. The pattern book did caution me that I should be starting with the luncheon set, as it is easier, but I decided to live on the edge and throw caution to the wind.
After the first row was wound on. I was feeling good at this point, this seemed as easy as the box promised it to be!
And with all of the rows wound on. Easy as pie, I thought I would have this done in no time. All I had left to do was tie it.
And then I looked at the instructions in the booklet on tying, and was greeted with this rather ambiguous looking drawing.
And my first attempt at tying was a total failure. As were the second, third and fourth. I was now beginning to disagree with the "no skill required" promise from the box …
However, eventually I did get the hang of it, and once I settled into a bit of a rhythm, the tying went pretty smooth.
My doily freed from the frame.
And after it’s trim, it’s complete! It turned out pretty good after all!
And, just for Eartha, another action shot, this time featuring my whole china cabinet. This is a family heirloom, it houses my depression glass, and salt and pepper shaker collection, among other things. It’s definitely more art deco, than MCM, but I love the red detailing on it. It dates back to the very early 50s.
My final verdict on the Speed-O-Weave: Pretty fun! A bit of a learning curve, but once I got the hang of things, it was pretty easy. Also would be very useful if you want a very vintage looking doily or placemat, or something along those lines, but perhaps in a different colour scheme. If anyone’s decides they need to give this a try, there’s several on eBay.
Anyone else out there tried one of these? Or maybe you can remember someone using one? Let me know in the comments!