Here are the pictures:
|Hand painted silk roving.|
|Hand painted silk ribbon chilling out on wicker chair on front porch.|
|Hand painted silk on skein winder.|
|Hand painted silk ribbon all in a pile.|
It’s here. In the middle of April Elena and I traveled to Denver for five days. Claudia spent three days behind a camera talking and moving her hands around a loom to demonstrate the weaving of a bunch of projects on the Mirrix Loom (primarily . . . although she (I. . . why am I talking in the third person) since there was a brief demonstration on a hand made loom and a rigid heddle loom). Getting ready for it was hard. Had to have everything in Denver in advance for the filming. Couldn’t just run back to my studio to pick up some forgotten loom or material. I was very stressed. The filming itself was fun although hard. I am afraid to watch the whole thing all the way through. That is your job.
So What do you get for your $29.99? A lot. You get to watch six hours of instruction. If you can stand watching me for six hours, this is a good thing. I show you how to make nine bracelets! Two tapestry/bead cuff bracelets; two No Warps to Weave in Bracelets; Five affinity bracelets. The course is designed to flow so that you keep piling on skills. The goal is for you to move into your own territory . . . take the skills and concepts you’ve learned and create your own masterpieces.
I think it’s a great class for both beginners and those who haven’t tried these projects yet and are ready for something new.
So how does this format work? It’s a great format combining the best of a real in-person workshop with the best of video. First of all, it’s longer than any video you’d ever find. Secondly, you can access it on the Craftsy site any time you want. There is a forum for asking your questions and I will get on a million times a day to check for these questions and answer them. There is also a place for you to post your projects. The whole thing is very interactive and community like and you can keep interacting for as long as I am still hanging out on this planet.
And even better: there is a special Craftsy/Mirrix store where you can buy some really amazing kits created just for the show at really, really great prices. Those same kits will not be in our regular store. The kits are cheaper when you buy all three and even cheaper when bought with a loom.
So sign up for a lifetime (literally) adventure in the world of Mirrix: craftsy
For many, putting heddles on the loom (heddles connect your warp to your shedding device) is the most challenging part of warping simply because it’s easy to make a mistake. Even after warping and heddling many, many looms, I still make my fair share of mistakes.
The key is: patience. You can’t put your heddles on in a rush or while watching TV or while having a conversation with your friends. Trust me, I’ve tried, and usually when I do that I make a mistake. In the long run, it’s a lot easier if you take your time and make sure every heddle is on the right warp thread because one crossed heddle or one missed heddle means you’re going to have a lot of not-so-fun troubleshooting ahead of you.
Although you still should follow our warping instructions (the .pdf can be found here: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/warpinginstructions.html) I made a few small diagrams that might be helpful to see how the heddles should be put on your loom and what mistakes you might make.
Chris Franchetti Michaels, (you may know her as beadwork.about.com‘s fabulous guide) recently released a new jewelry making book “Teach Yourself VISUALLY More Jewelry Making”. Now, I know this blog is dedicated to weaving on a loom, but I’m sure many of you are multi-talented when it comes to your crafting skills and I wanted to offer one reader a FREE copy of Chris’ book!
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Oh, and you should probably check out Chris’s Affinity Bracelets she made on her Mirrix.
I you already have a Mirrix Loom, you don’t need to buy an inkle loom. Why? On a Mirrix you can make long (twice the length of your loom) inkle pieces and even wide pieces and the shedding device works for inkle weaving in the same way it does for tapestry.
Inkle weaving is kind of the opposite of tapestry. Tapestry is weft-faced, which means ONLY the weft can show for a tapestry to be tapestry. For Inkle weaving, only the warp shows. This means your design is based on how you’ve arranged your warp. Here I will be doing a very simple inkle weave to show you how it can be done on a Mirrix. There are more complex technique you may want to explore.
I warped my loom in the same way I would for tapestry (you can learn how here: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/images/warpinginstructions/tapestry.pdf) without a spring with 6 warps of pink, 6 of dark blue and then 6 more of pink. This warp pattern will be what you see when you’re finished weaving. It is important when warping (and weaving) to keep the warp threads as close together as possible which is why I did not use a spring here.
I used size 8 perle cotton for my warp and my weft.
|Beginning to warp my loom (note that I am not using a spring)|
|Starting my dark blue. To do this, simply tie off the first color you are weaving and then tie on with your next color and continue warping as if you were using the same warp thread. You can do this however many times you want.|
|My loom all warped and ready for heddles.|
|The loom with heddles put on. Remember before you start weaving to keep your warps pushed together as close as they can. Using thinner heddles might be helpful to keep your warp from spreading where the heddles are put on the loom.|
The weaving part here is easy! Ideally, you’d use a shuttle to bring your warps through and to pack down your weft threads. You could also use any (thin and not sharp, a credit card might work well) edge to pack down your weft threads, but a tapestry beater or fork will not work because you don’t want the tons separating the warp threads.
You can see how easy this is and how neat it looks when you can see the warp and not the weft. I love it! Try it out and let us know how you like it and any tricks and tips you have for inkle weaving on a Mirrix!