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There has been a lot of discussion lately about how to finish beadwork to hang on a wall. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate to weave in warp ends and hence refuse to do it. Okay, I am stubborn, but I also have the hardest time threading needles so to have to do that a zillion times to finish a piece . . . I just won’t do it. Plus, my version of “patience” doesn’t cover that activity (which is amusing considering all the things I do that others believe take patients . . . all a matter of perspective).
I found two pieces in my stash that represent one way of finishing a piece. Since they are already finished, I can’t show you how I did it, but I can tell you how.
The below piece is a bead weaving mounted on tapestry weaving and then embellished with beads. To finish the bead piece, I tied off pairs of warp threads and buried them behind the piece. I then sewed it to the wool tapestry. The wool tapestry was finished by tying off warp ends and folding the header and footer to the back and sewing them down. I then sewed the final piece to silk . After I sewed it on the cloth I centered the piece on a wooden frame designed for stretching canvas. I tacked the silk to the back with large head but short nails.
The back of the piece. Since I thought the tacked silk would look awful on the back, I decided to cover the back with silk tacking it down with the same nails. But since the raw edges were sandwiched on the back, the piece looks a lot more finished. I then embroidery my initials in beads. I added a wire hanger. Done.
The second piece lacks the woolen tapestry. I used the exact same method but really went to town with bead embroidery on the silk. Notice how I’ve used bugle beads to embroider all around the piece once on the silk to hide the edges The other beads are just crazy freeform. It was a while back. I must have been in one of those moods.
With this piece I also felt a need to cover the back. I tied the warps in pairs and folded to the back. Sewed to the silk, embroidered the heck out of it and then attached to the wooden frame.
Here’s the back:
And how do you finish your pieces?
Recently I found a roll of orange SoftFlex wire in my stash. Maybe it’s the hint of autumn in the air, but I was really in the mood for orange. I warped up my loom using the No Warp-Ends Kit with the SoftFlex as warp.
I had some pretty orange crystals that I wove up with green beads in between for five rows and then I switched to green crystals and orange beads. I will keep alternating in this pattern.
Because of the thickness of the warp and the size of the beads, you can still see the orange SoftFlex between the beads, which I really love. The green C-Lon D I used to string up the beads also peeks through if you look really closely. It gives the piece an almost deconstructed look which I really love.
The reason the No Warp-Ends Kit is so great for weaving with wire is because you don’t have many warp ends to finish (yay!). That said, there are still two knots at the bottom of this piece that will need to be taken care of. I got some end crimps and a cute little pair of crimping pliers from SoftFlex to secure those ends without having bulky wire knots.
I’ll update you all on the finishing process soon! I have a beautiful blown glass button I plan to use as a clasp and will weave the buttonhole into the piece.
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