I had a three hour session today with a lovely woman who was new to bead weaving on a loom and was purchasing her first Mirrix. It was so much fun to watch her go from the: “I don’t quite get what this is about stage” to the “Ah ha, I totally get this shedding device.”
But she wasn’t the only one who learned something.
We were both having a hard time putting on the second set of heddles. This was a function of the color of the warp and the lousy light today due to overcast yuck out there (I am most often blessed with deep, brilliant, fabulous light and hence am very spoiled). But it was also a function of: that second set of heddles is harder to put on than the first.
So I came up with a new idea that worked. In our PDF instructions we tell you to use the thin metal rod that ends up inside the spring to pick up one warp in each dent. You then put your first set of heddles around these warps. This helps you see the second set of warps in relationship to the first set of warps. What I discovered is: if you use another rod (this could be anything from a piece of cardboard to a chop stick) to pick up the second set of warps, making sure to bring those warps to the right of the first set, this makes putting on the heddles easy. You don’t have to pause to look for the warp because all the warps are clearly marked by the second rod. They are also already placed on the correct side of the warps with heddles. Failure rate goes down to zero.
Don’t have pictures though. I will take pictures the next time I warp a loom for bead weaving. Right now I am trying to get though a zillion tapestry/bead cuffs for my upcoming debut on Beads, Baubles and Jewels.
Have a great Thanksgiving!!!