During our very successful “Ditch Your Frame” Tapestry Loom sale last week, we heard from a lot of customers wishing we would do a similar sale for bead weavers. You asked and we’re delivering.
Are you ready for a loom upgrade? For THREE days only (Thursday July 16th, Friday July 17th and Saturday July 18th) we are offering a brand new basic bead loom package for up to $35 off.
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With a loom, needles, bead mats, crystals and thread you have everything you need to get started. Break into your bead stash and start weaving!
These are big savings you definitely won’t see again for a long time!
-A 5″ Mini Mirrix, 8″ Lani Loom without a shedding device, 12″ Little Guy Loom without a shedding device
–Tulip Bead Weaving Needles
–Set of Two Bead Mats
–Fire-Polished Crystal Soup
–Six bobbins of C-Lon size D thread (black and beige)
By Mirrix CEO Claudia Chase (This post is adapted from a post from the post “Bead Looms” written in 2009)
I was just playing around here and at other bead sites looking at other bead looms. What I found: there is a standard model for many bead looms and most are made of wood of varying degrees of strength, beauty, value and a few are made of light metal like the ones most of us had when we were kids.
1) allow you to put on one plane of warp or have roller beams so that you can advance the warp
2) have the warp attached at either end to a single nail or more
3) provide a spring at either end through which the warp is spread out evenly.
This beautiful (and free!) wrap leather and bead bracelet tutorial is by Kim Holowatiuk
Sleepy Holow Leather & Custom Beading
Kim Holowatiuk is owner of Sleepy Holow Leather & Custom Beading in Alberta Canada. She has been making custom hand carved and stamped leather work since 2009 and has enjoyed beading for about 30 years.
Mirrix Loom (I used my Lani)
Round leather cord 1.5-2 mm
Variety of beads – I used 8/0, 11/0 and 4 mm rounds
#12 Beading needle
C-Lon Thread in color of your choice
Two fishing weights 1 ounce
Depending if you would like a single, double, triple (etc.) wrap, measure the leather cord around your wrist for an approximate length measurement. Add on some extra length for both the double loop closure and the addition of the button. For a double wrap, I start by cutting a strand of the round leather to about 30”.
With your leather cord folded in half, create a knot closure at that end (Pic 2). Make sure that you make it large enough for the button closure to slip through but not too big that it falls out. I make a second knot/loop (Pic 2a) so there are two sizes to close the bracelet. This step is optional.
Next, slide the top loop through your warping bar (Pic 2b)
Attach each fishing weight to the ends of each strand with a single knot. (Pic 3)
Attach your warping bar and move your side bars up until the weights are just below your bottom bar (Pic 3a). If you have a bottom spring kit, you can slide the leather cord into a dent (Pic 3b)
Doubling your thread, bring it around one leather strand (Pic 4). Bring your needle back through the thread so you have a starting “knot” on the first cord (Pic 4a) and then weave back and forth through the leather strands to create a solid piece of woven thread for extra strength (Pic 4b).
Now you are ready to weave your beads on. Depending on how wide you want to make it, always start narrow and work you way to the desired width, adding one extra bead each row. Here I started with one 11/0 bead (Pic 5), then two (Pic 5a) worked my way up to three beads, the width I want. (Pic 5b).
Continue on bead weaving with your beads until you come down to the end of the piece. Finish with the same thread weaving as you started and weave back through the beads to finish and hide your ends (Pic 6).
Remove the weights from the bottom and attach your button (Pic 7 and 7a) to one or both of the leather cords (depending on how large of a button hole you have). Make a knot and glue ends. Ta Da! Your very own leather wrapped bracelet! (Pic 7b). Try it with suede (Pic 7c)or a single wrap (Pic 7d)!
Before I even finished it Elena demanded ownership of this bracelet. This meant I had to be careful not to make it too long. Elena has the smallest wrists of anyone I know. I used to think my wrists are small. Not anymore. At first I thought I overachieved in the smallness territory. When I removed the bracelet from the loom I looked around for a doll whose wrist I could put it on. I tried to increase the length with peyote. Didn’t work. Hated it. Ripped it out. Then I tried square stitch. Equally awful. And then I said to myself: make the clasp attachment a little longer and it will be fine. So I backed the bracelet with ultra-suede and then sewed beads all around to cover up my lousy sewing and to give it more depth and one more row of beads on either end. Then I suffered over the clasp. Elena wanted a button, a silver button if possible. So I searched through all my s stuff and came up with a few very pretty pewter buttons. Pewter/silver. She won’t know the difference, I tell myself. I wanted to use a silk covered O-ring for the thing for the button to go through because those O-rings make things stay on. Because they have stretch they work so much better than something that is hard and static. But silk covered? There is no silk in this piece. If it had silk (and future ones will have silk AND gold) the silk covered ring would be just fine. Light bulb above my head: what about embroidering beads onto the o-ring. And so I did.
The first attempt at attaching the button failed. Made the attachment way too long. This cuff needs to fit snug. It was going to look like Mommy’s bracelet on her five year if I didn’t fix it. So I went smaller, smaller than I though realistic. And guess what? I got it so right. The bracelet is snug on me but will fit Elena’s delicate wrists just perfectly.