Weave-Along 2: Warping

We’re ready to warp!

We’re ready to warp and weave a header! If you didn’t read last week’s set-up post, please read it  here before going on.

If you have warped your loom before, this step should be easy. If you have not, please refer to our  online warping instructions  and go through the process step by step.

Two things to remember: This project requires a 12 dent spring with 12 warps across. 

*Note, the pictures under this section are of a loom being warped for only one bracelet because, most likely, you will be weaving just one piece on one side of the loom. The loom has a bottom spring kit. After the warping section, the pictures we will be showing will be of a loom warped for two pieces: the Elegant Cuff Bracelet and the Wedding Cuff Bracelet. 

Loom with warping bar between two clips.
(Black plastic clips shown, newer looms will have wooden clips)
Loom with the warp on.

The top bar of the loom, fifteen warps across.

After the loom is warped, loosen the tension enough to move the warping bar down towards the bottom of the loom. Then tighten your tension again.

Loom with warp on it, balanced on the right side with a piece of cord. 
If you are doing only one bracelet, and because this is a relatively thin project, it is best to warp a piece on one side of the loom instead of in the middle. After warping, tie a piece of cord or string on the other side of the loom to balance the warping bar. You can also warp another piece on the other side to weave later.

The bottom of the loom

The clips are next turned around so they stick forward and the shedding device is places in the clips. 

Putting heddles on

Heddles 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, you rotate the warping bar 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. Almost done!
Close-up of the heddles on the loom.
The loom, ready to be woven on with the shedding device handle attached.

Weaving 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. We used the C-Lon cord that we warped the loom with to weave this header. It should be about a third of an nch of weaving. 

We are warped.  Remember 12 ends per inch using the 12 dent coil.  Warp for tapestry.  If you don’t have a bottom spring kit, remember to weave in those bottom two strings so that your piece does not keep beating down.  This will give it a base.  If you have a bottom spring, this is not necessary.
We will be weaving both the wedding cuff and the elegant cuff.  For the wedding cuff, we will be weaving a very simple pattern of rows of beads divided by one inch of silk and gold thread combined.  For the elegant cuff, we will be weaving a more complicated design.  It doesn’t matter which kit you have, you can weave either technique.  The only difference between the kits is the color of the silk.  In both cases, you will be weaving six rows of size 10 delica beads with one inch sections of tapestry in between, whether that is simple weaving back and forth or a pattern.
Please remember, only participating members will be eligible to win an OttLite at the end of the weave-along. This means: Ask questions, answer questions and post pictures. Even if you’re just asking a question by email or sending us a picture of your progress… or even just commenting on the blog… we want this to be a community event and that means talking with your fellow weave-along members! Post, post, post and you might just go home with anOttLite!

Here are the places you can participate:

“A Word From Elena” blogMirrix Facebook PageMirrix Facebook Group (please ask to join), Mirrix Ravelry Page.

Until next week!

Claudia & Elena
Mirrix Tapestry and Bead Looms


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