Welcome to The Mirrix Tapestry and Bead Looms Weave-Along!

Welcome to the first official day of the Mirrix Tapestry and Bead Looms Weave-Along. If you are a participant, we look forward to getting to know you and your work! If you are just observing, enjoy! We hope everyone will learn a lot from this experience.

This is a basic outline of this weave-along:

Week One: July 24th (starting set-up on the 23rd)- July 30th
Loom set-up, Warping, weaving header

Week Two: July 31st- August 6th
Beginning weaving, adding beads

Week Three: August 7th- August 13th
Tapestry techniques

Week Four: August 14th- August 20th
Finishing weaving, cutting off the loom, preparing to put on cuff

Week Five: August 21st- August 27th
Finishing the cuff. finishing with beads

Week Six: August 28th- September 3rd
Catch-up for those who are behind.

This week we will set up our looms, warp and weave a header. For those of us who have warped before, this won’t take very long at all. For beginners, take your time and read all the directions and you will be fine. 

Loom set-up: Please refer to yesterday’s blog post

Warping: For the tapestry/bead cuff you will warp your loom for tapestry rather than bead weaving (this means one warp in each dent instead of two). 

Please refer to our online warping instructions for detailed directions on warping your loom. (CLICK HERE

You can also refer to the instructions that came with your tapestry/bead cuff bracelet kit if you have one. 

You will need to warp fifteen dents across for this project.

Following are pictures and brief explanations of how to warp for this project (if you have never warped before you will still want to refer to the warping instructions) using my loom as an example. 

First, place the warping bar between the two clips (turn the clips backwards and push them in slightly to hold the warping bar while warping. (Note: I have a bottom spring kit on this loom, although one is not necessary for this project. A bottom spring kit is used to organize your warps and is especially useful when weaving wide bead pieces or small-scale tapestry pieces. They can be purchased on our website: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/accessories.html).

Loom with warping bar between the two clips.

My loom, just as I finished putting the warp on. 
The top of the loom, fifteen warps across. 

Because this is a relatively thin project, I warped my piece on one side of the loom. When I was done warping, I tied a piece of cord (any string can be used) on the other side of the loom to the warping bar to keep it balanced. Alternatively, you can warp another piece on the other side to weave later. 

Loom with warp on it. The cord on the right side helps balance the warping bar (which has been pulled down lower on the loom).
Looking down at the warping bar towards the bottom of the loom.
Next, I placed my shedding device in the clips (turning them around so they stick forward) and began putting heddles on.

Beginning to put heddles on. They attach the warp threads to the shedding device, allowing you to change sheds when you change the position of the shedding device handle. 
After putting heddles on every other warp, I rotated the warping bar and began to put heddles on the warps that did not already have heddles on them.

The shedding device, rotated and ready for more heddles on the other side. 
The loom, warped and with heddles on both sides of the shedding device. I’m almost done!
Close-up of the heddles on the loom.

The loom, ready to be woven on with the shedding device handle attached.

Weave a header:

A header is woven before you start your piece to provide a strong base that will eventually be folded over during the finishing process. I used the C-Lon cord that I warped the loom with to weave this header. It should be about 1/2 inch of weaving. 

C-Lon cord to be used for my header.

Once the shedding device was put on the loom, all I had to do was engage the shedding device (the shedding device raises half the warps) and place my weft between those warps. (When you are doing this, make sure your weft ends face the back of the piece, this can be accomplished either by wrapping your end around so it faces back or by starting your weft in the middle of the piece.) Then, I changed the shed by moving the shedding device into the other position (and therefore raising the other half of the warps) and wove through again.

My header, woven.
All set to weave the cuff!!!

That’s it, warped and ready! Next week we will begin weaving the actual cuff and learning how to add beads! 

Please, post pictures this week of your loom warped and ask questions on this blog (as a comment),

Happy warping!


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