Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 – My First Go at the Loom, by Julia L. Hecht
You can see how happy I am to receive my loom. I am pictured here with the unopened box, inside my bead shop, the Poppyfield Bead Company, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That evening I took it home, and got it set up. I had a little trouble initially, but with the excellent customer service from Elena, at Mirrix, it was smooth going and I was weaving that same evening. I watched the Mirrix video on youtube for how to warp the loom for bead weaving. It was super simple, even for someone like me, absolutely clueless about looms. Well, I should say…I WAS clueless. While I am still a brand NEWBIE, I am definitely making progress, bead by bead, weft by weft.
I didn’t have any D thread available at my home, and I love S-Lon macrame cord, so I decided to warp with that. I realized it would show, but I have ideas about incorporating the warp thread into the design. So I gave it a try. I chose a gorgeous mix of size 11 Delica cylinder beads: A matte metallic iris and a silver lined turquoise. They looked lovely in their little piles on the bead mat, and even mixed together. I started with just random weaving, and then developed a pattern. I was a little surprised with the outcome. As you can see from the photo, the pattern is barely discernible and the beads don’t mix well. Not at all what I’d call “nice” or even “successful”. So, I just loosened the tension using the wing nuts and rotated the warp threads, re-tightened and started weaving on the same warp with different beads.
My second try was a lot better. The same pattern shows up well, and I like the natural colored warp cords showing through. I didn’t plan the length well, though. And so it is just a little sampler right now. My next plan is to weave an entire bracelet with those beads and try my hand at one of the finishing techniques.
Stay tuned, and follow along with my on my Mirrix Loom Journey.
– Julia L. Hecht