Bead and Crystal Cuff Weave-Along (week one)
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.