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Combining Beads and Fiber on a Mirrix Loom (with the shedding device)

This tutorial shows you how to do three basic tapestry techniques: Pick and Pick, Wavy Lines, Hatching.


Combining Beads and Fiber on a Mirrix Loom (with the shedding device)

Once you learn to combine beads and fiber, your weaving possibilities are endless. With a shedding device and the right warp spacing, this is easy to do!
For this tutorial, I will be weaving with C-Lon cord as warp, 8/0 beads and a ten dent spring. 
First, warp your loom for tapestry with the shedding device (not bead weaving). This means you will put on warp thread in each dent (space) in your spring. 
 
You can get more detailed warping instructions here, but we’ve gone over the basics below.
 
What do you need? A Mirrix Loom with shedding device and the warping bar, clips and spring bar that came with the loom, a ten-dent spring (this does not come with any loom), heddles, C-Lon cord, beading thread, a needle, a pair of scissors, size 8/0 beads, silk or perle cotton.
 
Place your warping bar between your clips.
 
 Tie your C-Lon cord onto the warping bar. (If your piece is going to be thin, choose a side of the loom and warp on that side.)
 
 Begin warping by bringing your warp thread behind and under the loom to the front.
 
Bring the warp up the front of the loom and into one dent (space) in the spring. 
 
Bring your warp thread over the top of the loom and down the back until you hit the warping bar. When you hit the warping bar, go around the bar and back in the direction you came.  
 
Come back over the top of the loom from the back to the front. Remember to never cross inside the loom, you will always be going around the outside of the loom. Place your warp thread in the next dent over. Continue down the front of the loom. 
 
Go back down the front of the loom, around the bottom bar to the back and up the back until you hit the warping bar. Go around the warping bar and start heading back in the direction you came. 
 
Continue doing this until you’ve warped as wide as you want your piece to be. I warped 5 warps wide. When you are finished, tie on to the warping bar. Make sure your warp threads have even tension. 
 
Move your springs out away from the warping bar and bring the bar down to near the bottom beam.  
 
If you are warping a thin piece, be sure to wrap a ribbon or piece of cord around the warping bar and top and bottom beams to balance the warping bar. (Otherwise it will flop around.)
 
At this point, you may want to tighten your tension slightly. Make sure your warps and not sagging and everything is even. At this time, make sure to slide your spring bar (thin metal bar) into the spring at the top of your loom. This will prevent your warp threads from coming out. 
 
Rotate your clips to the front of the loom. Place your shedding device in your clips.
 
Make sure the hole in the shedding device is on the right side if you are right handed and the left side if you are left handed. 
 
Unscrew the screw on the top of your shedding device and move the silver bar to the side of your warp. 
 
Take a heddle and place it around your first warp thread. 
 
 
Then, slip the ends of the heddle onto the bar. This attaches the warp thread to the shedding device. 
 
Continue doing this with every other warp thread. 
 
When you get to the other edge of your piece, retighten your bar. 
 
Next, flip your shedding device over, bringing the heddles you just put on to the bottom of the shedding device and the other silver bar to the top. 
 
Put heddles on every other warp thread the same way you did with the first bar, but this time put them on every warp thread you didn’t put a heddle on last time. 
 
Retighten your bar. 
 
Place your shedding device handle in the hole on the side of your shedding device. Also remember to swing the brass circle on the clip up over the shedding device to prevent it from falling out. You may need a Philips head screwdriver to do this. 
 
Tighten your tension with your wingnuts. You want it tight but not about-to-break tight. 
 
Place your shedding device handle behind the brass side bar. This creates a shed. Your other shed is created when you move your shedding device handle up (behind the brass bar above the wooden clip) instead of down. 

 

 
Weave a header by taking a length of warp thread and weaving it between the warps while you have the shedding device engaged.  
 
Change your shed. 
 
Weave through your warp threads in the other direction. 
 
Continue doing this, weaving between the warp threads and changing your shed after each pass through.  
Now, you’re ready to add color! 
 
Weave the same way you wove your header. Start your thread in the middle of the piece and bring the end to the back to deal with later. 
 
Keep weaving in this way.
 
Thread some beading thread onto a needle and tie the ends to make a loop. 
 
Put your warp thread (here, my red silk) through the loop of bead thread
 
 
String one fewer bead than the number of warp threads you have onto your needle. (So if I have five warp threads, I use four beads.)
 
Push your beads onto the silk.
 
 
 
Place your beads between the warp threads, weaving them in the same way you weave in your weft.
 
Push the beads down between the warp threads.
 
 
 
Continue to weave with the fiber!

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