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All orders after December 19th will not make it in time for Christmas and will not be shipped until after New Year’s Day (manufacturing needs a vacation)!
Stuff you’ll need:
A Mirrix Loom with a shedding device and an eight dent spring. I am using the LaniLoom.
Carpet warp. Maysville cotton carpet warp is fine. I am using cotton rags however. If you are using woolen rags, I would suggest wool warp: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/store/navajo-wool-warp/
This is a picture of my warp on a rag runner I wove 25 years ago (please don’t do the math!)
Rags. These lovely balls of rags were stripped when I wove the rag runner. I used first quality fabric. Make a cut in the fabric about one inch wide (or however wide you want your strips to be) and then rip the fabric. It makes a lot of dust so you might want to do this outside.
A basket of balls of rag strips.
A good beater. One of our weighted ones will work well: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/store/weighted-tapestry-beater/ The below beater is brass. Again, something I have had since the last century and which is no longer made.
A tapestry needle for tying off the warp ends.
Warping your loom
My rag mug rug is going to be a tad less than 4 inches wide. In order to accomplish this I have used an 8 dent spring and have put on 34 warps. Please see warping instructions for Warping for tapestry using the shedding device: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/beginners-guide/warping-instructions/
Weaving your piece
Weave a header with the warp material. Then weave your rags burying the tails in in the piece. In other words overlap the ends when you begin or end or rag so that the ends are not sticking out the back or front of the piece. Weave the desired number of rags to make a square. Weave a footer of the warp material when you are finished.
Rotate your piece to the back of the loom
You will want to weave a second piece because why not? Your loom is already warped and you have enough warp to do so. And besides, you can’t make just one mug rug!
Cutting the piece off
I have cheated. I only made one mug rug (got a deadline here!). You can either cut the piece off cutting as close to the warping bar as possible, or simply release the tension on your loom and let the warping bar slip out while your piece comes crashing down.
Finishing the Piece
I have incorporated the header end into my first overhand knot so there are three ends in the side knot. Make an over-hand knot. Stick your tapestry needle in the knot to push it close to the weaving. Knot a pair of warps on the other side of the piece and then knot all the interior pairs of warps. If you end up with three warps at some point, just knot them together.
Trim the ends to a length you like. Remember, these ends will show.
Your finished piece!
Now make yourself a cup of tea and see if this little mug rug does the trick.
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Bottom Spring Kit with Warp Coils
Original Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet Kit
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Last Sunday Claudia taught a class at NOA Gallery in Groton, MA with the gallery’s wonderful owner Joni Parker-Roach. NOA is a gorgeous art gallery and also offers wonderful art classes for adults and children.
When I was a kid I loved art classes (like mother like daughter, right?). I remember taking one class in the summer in Wisconsin when I was maybe 8 years old. We made giant paper ice cream cones and decorated each “flavor”. I loved that project. It hung (per my insistence I’m sure) on our pantry door for a very long time.
Some of the things I made as a kid were pretty neat… a clay grandmother with tiny wire glasses… a decent colored pencil drawing of a tree… a set of cracked blue-glazed tea cups that still sit in my mother’s china cabinet next to the antique Waterford wine glasses… but nothing I made as a kid compares to the pieces I’ve seen made by young students at NOA Gallery. From stunning watercolors to sculptures, you’d think most of this art was made by seasoned adults. You can check out NOA’s Facebook page and see some of these works of art!
Getting back to the class… I wasn’t there, but Claudia and Joni have reported back that it was a great class. Fun people, a wonderful environment and a great project. One woman even brought her two little girls (bringing it all together here) to the class. They were 7 and 9 years old (their 5 year old brother stopped by too) and, as I understand it, the stars of the class.
With a little instruction these girls wove gorgeous beaded bracelets all by themselves. Bracelets that could sell in a gallery for $350. Bracelets that any adult would be proud to wear. It makes me want to run out and teach a class to kids to see what they can create. Give anyone with a creative spirit good supplies and they’ll never fail to impress you!
We are hoping to have regular classes at NOA. Let us know if you’re in the Boston area and would be interested in taking one!
Do you teach your kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews/etc. how to weave on a loom? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear your strategies, successes and failures.
And remember to follow NOA Gallery on Facebook!
Have a wonderful week!
Cut in the middle of the warps connecting the two woven pieces.
Trim the loops off the other two ends.
Tie overhand knots with two warp bundles on left and two warp bundles on the left. In order to make the knot snug against the piece, stick a needle in the knot and push it toward the piece.
Place the beaded piece on the piece of ultra suede and trim the ultra suede so it’s the same width as the beaded piece.
Dab glue for the entire length of the beaded piece.
Press the warp ends onto the glue.
Place the beaded piece onto the front of the brass cuff.
Dab glue onto the ultra suede.
Place the ultra-suede on the inside of the brass cuff.
Trim the ends of the suede so that it is about an eight of an inch longer than the beaded piece.
Sew the ultra-suede and the beaded piece all around the bass cuff.
Try to keep your stitches small and even although subsequent bead trim will hide these stitches.
Pick up three 11/0 beads on left over thread. Or start a new thread if you’ve run out.
Sew through the ultra-suede and the beaded piece. You will sew rows of three beads all around the piece.
Your finished piece! Now do the second one. And enjoy.
Today, after the craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is Giving Tuesday. It’s a day to pull back and think about giving to non-profits and organizations that need the help of donations to keep doing good in the world.
From now until December 21st, Mirrix will be donating 5% of every loom sale to Sunshine House Inc. where our manufacturing facility is housed.
Sunshine House Inc. is a non-profit that provides services and employment to Door County, Wisconsin citizens who have special needs and disabilities. Many of the wonderful individuals who make Mirrix Looms are employed through Sunshine House’s work services program. It is a joy to watch them work and see the love and are they put into making each and every Mirrix Loom. You can be proud to know that your loom was made with care and love.
“It has been the goal of Sunshine house Inc. to provide diverse employment opportunities and day services which develops life skills and fosters independence, allowing each individual the opportunity to contribute to his or her own well being and to the community in which they live.”
-Sunshine House Inc. website
We are proud to be a part of Sunshine House Inc. and are lucky to have such dedicated employees there.
While buying a Mirrix Loom will be supporting Sunshine House Inc. directly these next few weeks (of course, buying a Mirrix Loom is always supporting Sunshine House Inc. since every loom is made there) you can also donate directly to them here.
Thank you for supporting Mirrix Looms, Sunshine House Inc. and your community on this day and every other!
The concept of this project is to combine three different types of beads/crystals of different sizes in one piece. You can either follow my example exactly, or just follow the concept. You can use any combination of colors you want or use the colors I use. The beads in your kit will all look wonderful together in any combination. What I have tried to do is to use an even amount of each color. The two bead sizes are: 11/0 (the smaller ones) and 8/0 (the larger ones). The crystals are 4mm. Three 11/0 beads fit in the space between warp threads. Two 8/0 beads fit in that space. One crystal fits in that space.
You can use any of the Mirrix Looms to weave this project. If using the Mini Mirrix, you will be warping for just one piece. Make sure you have enough warp to weave the piece (which is 6 1/2 inches long) and four inches of warp on either end in order to be able to tie overhand knots.
When using any of the larger looms, you will want to put on enough warp to weave two pieces. You will weave the first piece and then rotate it to the back of the loom and weave the second piece. I have used the 8 inch loom. The length of the warp (measure from the warping bar and around the loom) is approximately 32 inches. This gives me four inches of warp at the ends of each piece once cut off the loom plus a tad extra. I have three inches of threaded rod showing in order to get this measurement. This would apply to the 12 inch loom as well. For the sixteen inch loom you will have less rod showing (but remember not to have less than one inch of threaded rod showing). For the larger looms, make them as short as possible, with at least one inch of threaded rod showing. You will waste a little more warp unless you use the extra warping bar kit.
You will be putting on three rows of warp, but each warp will be doubled so there will be two strands of silk warp in each. This is how your loom should look once dressed in its beautiful silk warp! (p.s. “to dress” a loom is actually the term for it. I’ve always liked that!)
Cut a length of C-Lon beading thread about five feet long, or whatever length you feel you can easily manage. You will have to replace this thread once during the process of weaving. Thread your beading needle.
Tie the end of the thread to the threaded bar. Just make one loop. You will be untying this immediately after weaving your first row so this is just to make sure the beads don’t slide off the end of the thread.
Pick up nine 11/0 seed beads with your needle.
Place the beads behind and in between the warp threads, three beads in each space.
Sew through the beads on top of the warp. Please do not pierce the warp threads with your needle because once you remove your piece from the loom this could cause buckling. Make sure your needle crosses in front of the warp threads.
Untie the end that was tied to the threaded rod and tie a knot with that end and the working end of your thread. That’s the knot you make first when tying your shoes.
Make it twice. With the first part of the knot Pull tightly so that the beads are as close as possible. Then do it again to make it stay.
Pick up three crystals with your needle and weave.
Next pick u six 8/0 beads of one color and weave.
To create the pattern below, for the second row of 8/0 seed beads, I added a different color for the middle row. Weave that pattern twice and then end with the solid color row of 8/0 seed beads.
Pick up three crystals and weave.
Pick up nine 11/0 seed beads and weave.
The next three rows are: a solid row of 8/0 seed beads, a mixed row of 8/0 seed beads, a solid row (different from the first one) of 8/0 seed beads.
The next four rows are: a row of crystals, three rows of 11/0 seed beads with two different colors.
This is followed by an upside down T: a solid row of 8/0 beads, two mixed rows of 8/0 beads, a solid row of 8/0 beads using the outside color.
Weave a solid row of 11/0 seed beads, a solid row of a different color of 11/0 seed beads, a solid row of 8/0 seed beads.
The next rows are as follows: A row of crystals, two solid rows of 11/0 seed beads (a different color in each row), another upside down T which consists of a solid row of 8/0 seed beads and two mixed rows of 8/0 seed beads, a solid row of 11/0 seed beads, a solid row of crystals, a solid row of 11/0 seed beads and a solid row of 8/0 seed beads.
Next weave a solid row of crystals, a mixed row of 8/0 seed beads follow by two more mixed rows using the same color in the middle but different colors on the outside rows.
I have run out of thread. After weaving that last row of beads, I’ve taken my needle behind the side warp thread because I am next going to sew through a couple of beads again through the front. By taking my needle behind this warp thread, I am making a loop around it. The idea is sew your thread through a couple of beads, tie a knot around a warp thread, sew through some more beads. This will anchor your old thread so you can begin a new one.
Sew through two beads until you reach the next warp thread.
Put your needle behind this warp thread and through to the front of the weaving. Slip your needle through the loop that is created.
Sew through the next beads until you reach the next warp thread.
Tie a knot around the next warp thread.
Sew through the next two beads until you reach the side of the piece. Tie a knot around that warp thread.
Sew through the row below as shown.
Tie a not around the warp thread.
Sew to the end of the row.
Trim end of thread.
Cut another length of C-Lon thread. Insert your needle in the second row as far as the third warp. Pull your thread until there is a four inch tail at the side. You will be making a knot around this warp.
Sew to side of weaving and make a knot around the end warp thread.
Sew through top row until you reach the second warp thread. Tie a knot around it.
Sew through to end of piece.
Weave a row of solid size 8/0 beads, a row of crystals, a row of size 11/0 beads.
Using the color in the last row of 11/0 beads, weave two rows of that with another color in the middle, followed by a solid row. Top that with a row of crystals.
The next two rows of 8/0 beads with follow the pattern of: three colors mirrored. Next weave a row of crystals, solid row of size 8/0 seed beads and three different solid rows of size 11/0 seed beads.
Next weave a row of crystals and three rows of 8/0 seed beads with the same colors on the outside but different colors inside.
A row of crystals and a row of 11/0 seed beads and you are done weaving (this one at least!)
For those of you who are not following my pattern exactly, your piece should measure 6 1/2 inches on the loom. It is best to end with a row of 11/0 seed beads.
Tie a knot around the side warp.
Sew through that row a bit, knot around a warp, etc. until you feel your thread is secure. Trim end.
Head back to the bottom of your piece and sew that thread end into it, securing it with a knot around an interior warp. Trim thread.
Loosen tension on the loom and revolve this weaving to the back of the loom. Make sure that there are eight inches of warp between the beginning of your next weaving and the end of your last weaving. Apply tension on loom. Weave your second piece. When you are done with that, loosen loom tension and remove the warping bar so your piece falls off the loom. Here is a photo of my two pieces.
You have this week to finish these. They should only take an hour or so each to weave. Next week is finishing the pieces! Have fun.