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FAQ: Tension & Bead Weaving

Tension. In bead weaving, it’s a good thing! In fact, it’s one of the most important aspects of weaving beads. One of the benefits of weaving beads on a loom is that the loom holds the tension for you and, with a Mirrix, you get perfect tension every time. This, of course, makes for a much better piece!

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To adjust your tension on a Mirrix Loom, simply turn the wing-nuts on each side of the loom.

But how do you know what the correct tension for your piece is?

For the traditional method:

Your thread should be taut, but not too tight that you are stretching or break the warp threads. If tension is too loose you will miss beads. You shouldn’t feel any slack in the warp.

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With the shedding device:

The same goes for weaving with the shedding device, but it’s easy to tell if your tension is too loose because you won’t be able to get a shed if you have loose threads.

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