Hi Everyone! I had to step away for a few weeks to do some other things, but I am back now. I have another secret project lined up. I have to loom up a piece that is 2″ in width and 16 1/4″ in length for this one. I was working on designs yesterday and think I have narrowed it down to one. Now I have to order the beads. As I was choosing the colors online and from the format, I want to make sure I get the right colors. Right then is when I started wishing I had a Delica Sample Chart. I found several places that sell them and they are a tad expensive, for me right now anyway, but that would be so fantastic to see the colors, in person, to know for sure what to purchase. As we all know, colors can differ greatly from a computer monitor to real life. This got me thinking that I am probably going to have to make my own chart. I have a pretty decent stash of Delicas, but there are still many I will have to acquire to make a Sample Chart of my own. I also believe this will be a pretty good investment for future work with Delicas and it will ‘pay itself back’ over time. Below is the piece I have decided on. Clue: think outside the box 😉
The colors are obviously representative of Fall, my favorite time of the year, reminding me of Fall Mums and New England apple harvesting…I can almost smell it from here.
Elena has recently informed me that many of you have desired the One A Day Bracelet patterns I made up 4 years ago when I was one of the Social Market for a Mirrix winners.
I have grouped the 7 designs together and have them available on my website to purchase.
Hi everyone! I finally finished the project. It came with much learning as it went along. Let me show you first, then I will explain what I learned. Dave named it ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The name is used frequently by many, but I still liked it.
One of the things I have been wondering about for a while now is why the loom work ‘crinkles’ when you take it off the loom. I don’t know if my answer is right or if there are other answers, but I did figure out how to fix that after you take it off the loom and maybe why it happens to start with. I used KO thread on this project, similar to C-Lon D. There is a stretch factor with this thread and when you tighten the warp threads, you are stretching the thread. I stretched it before I put it on the loom, perhaps I shouldn’t, so it can stretch the one time when you tighten the warp. In any case, before I weave ends in, tape or do anything to the bottoms of the work, I am from now on, am going to rub the work to flatten out. Kind of like rubbing out a bubble under a sticker.
The other ‘issue’ I had was how to make a 16 dent spring, you can see that on a previous blog post.
There are 4 panels on the lamp. Each of them took me 2-3 days, which felt like a lifetime with life happening all around me and no pause button 🙂 I used 5 spools of KO and 9 Delica colors. I bought bulk in the Delicas, but I am going to wager there is close/around 300 grams of beads on there. The lamp measure 11 1/4″ in height and is 5″ square. I was going to do some fringe around the top, but by the time I finished assembly, I kind of just wanted to be done. I may add fringe at a later date. My ONLY regret about this whole project is that the length of the panels was only just right and not a few rows longer. So after all this work, I see the flaw and that upsets me. I measured several times for overlap, I suppose one more measure would have done the trick….next time that won’t happen. I vowed I would never make another, but, ultimately, I love the concept and the beauty, so one of these days, I will make another 🙂
Below is the video I made of the assembly process. I know I used the same ‘tune’ as the last time, but I kind of cherish it as my ‘theme’ song LOL
Hi everyone! Sorry I have been MIA for a few weeks. I honestly had nothing new to share. I suddenly had requests for other things, paying customers I had to accommodate and new living room flooring to install. More juggling 🙂
I had every intention to be all done with this today. Making four of the same thing is a very grueling task. I do have the third panel started and working on it all day tomorrow. When I warped the loom this time, I used the 14 dent instead of the 18 dent I used last time. As I finished warping it all I could think was that the spaces looked fairly far apart and I started panicking. The last panel I made had a bit of a ruffle in it, so I thought I should use the next size down so that wouldn’t happen again. I started to bead it and asked Elena about a 16 dent. She gave me this link
I was too panicked and distracted to read it through until I understood what it said. So I figured ok, I have to make this come closer, how am I going to do that. So I loosened the warp so I could play with the spring. How was I going to bring the spring closer together? Then I spied my elastics LOL Perfect solution! So this is what I did. I had to loosen the warp about 4 times and adjust all 4 elastics in each corner before I got it right. I had the first row of Delicas on there to know exactly what space size was going to work.
Today I finished the first panel of 4. In all it probably took 3-4 days to complete. Now I have to make 3 more 😉 I am hoping to have this secret project ready for reveal in 2 weeks, so bear with me as I go through the process. I promise you are all going to love the finished piece.
I opted for the taped ends on this project as it will suit me best, as you will see in the end. The panel measure 8 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ with the 9 Delica colors.
Here it is the middle of the night. I haven’t had lots of time this past week to work on the surprise piece I am working I have started, but I will have lots of time in a few more days and it is going to be all about this project! I have a half a panel done so far. It seems to take me about a day and a half for half a panel. It was moving slower than I had anticipated the 2 solid days I worked on it. I am still excited though because this is going to be different. Here is what I have so far. The threads hanging on the left are the start and finish threads. I usually weave them in when I am all done looming a piece.
I have been also plotting and planning my next 2 pieces of loomwork and have purchased the proper items I will be working with. I am pretty excited about them as well! I will be heavily back into this piece in one more day. 😀
Finally, I am happy to say I started the ‘secret project’ today. Thrilled to get it underway, but as I started a bit on the loom I realized this was quite the undertaking. I think it is going to take me longer to loom than I thought. We’ll see 😉 That being said, the design below, with your input, is the one I decided on.
As it turned out, I had made it larger originally than I ended up needing and had to ‘shave’ rows off the top and bottom. This will be what it looks like all finished. So I printed up my trusty word chart. 7 pages in total. I prefer a word chart for loom work and peyote work. It works up way faster than using the colored graph with the symbols!! The faster I go, the quicker I can do something else. That’s how I roll.
This is what I have done so far. I have to make 4 of these, so this will definitely run into a week or two. That is the only hint you get. You can guess what I am doing, if you like, but I will not confirm it 🙂
See you next week, hopefully a good chunk done by then.
After last week’s post, I was feeling gun-shy about looming. I really don’t enjoy making mistakes and I am also good at beating myself up over them. I picked myself up by the boot straps today and literally had to make myself get back in the saddle. Knowing I am ordering my beads for the big project tomorrow, I have to make something small for now. I opened the bead program with a barrette in mind. After many attempts at using a fabric image in the program, I finally settled on one I liked. Summery and floral.
Spin it sideways and it is going to be a barrette. Of course I will be adding fringe as well. Here is a photo of what I have done so far (not the best pic). I will be finishing the whole piece tomorrow and will share a step by step finishing series of pics.
Every once in a while an idea doesn’t pan out. I have been thinking hard about what to do with the split loom piece I made and wanted to try something different. I think I may have messed up the piece when I took it off the loom and take it on vacation with me before I finished it. This is very sad to me after all the work. Now I will not be able to see if my idea works out, at least not any time soon. After much handling and being toted about gently here and there while on our Oklahoma trip, the piece decided to bunch together a bit in places and crowd itself. When I took it off the loom, it was beautiful, flat and not bunched anywhere. I tried to fix that, but it has not worked out very well.
A definite design flaw is that I didn’t make it long enough, although it is pretty long. When you go to put it around your neck, the area at the top of the pendant buckles. If I had made it longer that wouldn’t have happened, or if I had made a wider opening. Usually I am pretty good about fixing something, but not this time.
I saw someone post a Facebook entry about designers making mistakes and wishing they would share them occasionally. Well, here it is 😉 I do make mistakes and like many humans, I hate to own them. I think I am going to have to tear this apart and redo the entire piece. Not now though because right now, I am too discouraged to look at it LOL So tomorrow, I shall warp the loom for something else in the meantime.
Anyone else willing to share their mistakes?? What did you mess up? Was it a design flaw or the work itself? Were you able to fix it without doing a complete start over? If so, how did you fix it?
“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt, Looking Forward
While waiting to get some beads for my mega project, I haven’t been able to quite decide what I have wanted to do for quick items. Today I thought I would discuss the designing of a piece on a bead program. I found a design I had worked up and come to find out, it was 4 years ago, probably right at the end of my last ‘Social Market for a Mirrix’ in 2010. I opened it in the program I had used then and was looking at it thinking it was pretty cool, but needed more. As I was working on a slight redesign, I realized one of the rows had 4 and not 3 like all the rest. That is going to be some work to repair as I will have to erase all the work above to make it right. This is the original concept:
I used Bead Tool 4 to make this design. My alterations look like this as it stands right now:
I like this version much better. It is more airy and has more design going on. I think I am going to change the shape on the bottom, but not sure quite how yet, and I may decide to keep it that way. Also at the bottom it shows the fringe I plan to put, the feathers. That is a benefit of doing loom patterns, you can lay the fringe out underneath. This is just a 2 color piece. Black is the definitive color and not sure on the other one, I don’t want white white.
I just got a copy of Bead Creator and haven’t had time to play around in it yet. I am anxious to see some results from that design program!
In designing, you have to know what you are doing before you start, then pick out the dimensions for the project. Both programs have a Palette creator which you can put what you have on hand into a custom palette. That would probably be a Delica collection. I have yet to that, I don’t have tons of Delicas, but enough so I put this off 🙂
Because of the narrowness of this design, I will probably have to make it longer so the center gap isn’t spreading unattractively too far apart when worn. I think of a lady whose blouse it too tight and the buttons are straining with gaps between button holes. We don’t want that.
Ultimately, designing for loomed beadwork is not difficult. You don’t even need a program, colored pencils and graph paper work great and I have certainly done that. You will probably just have to do some simple math to figure out width and dimension on graph paper, and you can get graph paper in smaller boxes or larger ones.
Tomorrow I plan on warping the loom for this project. I have also determined, that because I am unsure of how I am going to do my center piece, I will start at strap level until I decide. I shall have some project pics mid-week.
Being the super indecisive person that I am, and I blame my Zodiac sign of Libra for that, I need help and I am reaching out to all of you 🙂
I can’t give you all the details, but I have a (what I believe to be) fantastic project for this awesome Mirrix Experience. It is going to be a bit of a large project, but when you see what I am doing, you will totally understand. I am SO excited to get this started I can’t even tell you! I may not get to it until June. I have a lot of other things on my plate and will be doing smaller Mirrix projects in the meantime. So, until I can order all the beads I am going to need for this, you have time to vote (2-4 weeks).
Below are three options I have laid out. Please vote for your favorite one. Do not take into consideration that I will have to purchase more colors for one or the other, I don’t care about that. You can click on the images to enlarge them for a better looksie. Please vote by leaving a comment on this blog entry.