Saturday, July 23rd: Pre Weave-Along Set-Up
Welcome to our first ever Mirrix Looms weave-along. The weave-along will officially begin tomorrow, but today we wanted to go over the basics of how the weave-along will work and make sure you have everything set up for tomorrow.
How it works:
On Sunday, July 24th we will begin warping! We will send out an email (At about noon EDT and 9 in the morning PDT) going over what we want to accomplish for the week including tips and tricks. At that time, we will welcome comments on the blog (where we will repeat this information), on Facebook, on Ravelry and by email. As a member of the weave-along, we hope you will post on one of these forums at least once a week on Sunday to tell us your progress and ask questions or give some advice. We also encourage all participants to continue posting throughout the week. All forums will be closely monitored.
Every Sunday after the weave-along begins we will send out another email discussing progress from the week before and plans for the week ahead and discuss progress online.
The weave-along will be over mid to late August. If participants fall behind, we will keep forums open after that period for weave-along related discussion.
What you need:
-A Mirrix Loom (preferably size 12 or larger with a shedding device) and all that comes with one.
-A ten-dent spring (if you do NOT have one we can work with a twelve-dent spring by stretching it but we do recommend having one). Remember having a ten-dent spring means that there are ten dents (spaces in the warp coil) in an inch when on the loom.
-A tapestry/bead cuff bracelet kit (or similar materials: Yarn (for example: silk, rayon floss, perle cotton, novelty yarns); A spool of beading cord; beading thread, a brass cuff; a piece of ultra suede; size 8/0 and 11/0 seed beads)
-Heddles (To make them yourself: You will need to make as many individual heddles as there will be warps in your weaving. These heddles (as well as the Mirrix heddles you can buy) will be reusable. The thinner and stronger the string you use, the better. For bead weavers, cotton quilting or beading thread works great. For tapestry weavers, cotton crochet thread, linen warp or single-ply cotton warp works well.
Nail two finishing nails into a piece of wood three and one-eight inches apart. You will use this little tool to tie your warps. Cut ten inch lengths of your heddle material, one for each heddle you will make. Tie them around the nails, using an overhand knot to secure the ends. In order to get that knot to sit right next to the nail, slip a needle into the knot before it is pulled tight and push the knot toward the nail. Then tighten it. Trim off the ends of the heddles to within a quarter of an inch of the knot.)
-A pair of scissors
-A bead mat (optional)
-A needle (or needles)
-Glue that can bond fabric to metal. These types of glue are available through craft outlets. You will only need this for finishing your cuff.
-A Phillips head screw driver IF you have wooden clips
How you want to set up your work space is up to you, but we suggest finding a flat surface and organizing everything you will need to warp the loom and begin weaving. Swing out the two (or one if you are using an 8″ loom) legs under the loom and place it on a flat surface.
Make sure your loom is at a height so you have about 2″ of threaded rod showing on each side. Measure to make sure the loom is even. We suggest if you are using a size 12″ loom or larger that you put your weaving on the left or right side of the loom. You will need some kind of string to tie around the warping bar on the opposite side of where you will put your piece. You will do this after you have warped your loom. It will help to stabilize the warping bar. The reason you don’t put it in the middle of the loom is, because it is such a thin piece, it is difficult to balance the bar. You may want to warp the loom on both sides and make another piece on the other side at a later date. For example you could warp the other side 10 warps wide and make a little purse. The tapestry/bead cuff bracelet cuffs come with enough extra yarn to make another piece.
Perks & Participation
Everyone taking part in the weave-along will be entered to win a wedding cuff bracelet kit at the end of the weave-along. You must participate regularly to be qualified to win.
If you have a question at any point during the weave along, you can either ask everyone by posting as a comment on the “A Word From Elena” blog, as a post on our Mirrix Facebook Page, or in our weave-along thread on the Mirrix Ravelry Page. You can also email us directly.
We will have occasional chats on Ravelry and our Mirrix “group” to discuss the weave-along live with others and with us. You can join that group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mirrixlooms?ap=1
More tomorrow! We suggest checking out the warping instructions on our site today if you haven’t done so before.