Taking Scissors to It

There’s nothing like the sense of joy and nervousness of cutting a piece off the loom. It’s easy, though and I will go through the steps here, using my headband as an example.

First, cut the warp, making sure to leave plenty of warp to tie off your ends. At least four inches.

Second, cut the other end. 
Third, straighten out your warps and tie them together in pairs (a half hitch). This ensures that the weft will stay securely in the weaving. Always weave a header (and a footer) to leave yourself some room in case something does happen and for finishing purposes. 

Fourth, tie overhand knots to secure the warps. Weight your piece on the opposite end and use your needle to make overhand knots. (Do this to both ends.)
Fifth, trim the ends on the back of your piece. 

Here is the untrimmed piece over my blank headband. I can’t wait to finish it!

Waxing Philosophical

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I am sitting in Starbucks working while my husband plays a soccer game. It is my third time at a cafe today. I assume this is a necessary step in becoming a Seattlite. 

I am sitting here with my iPhone to my left (showing my too-long to-do list) while I type on my iPad. I juggle electronics like a pro. and am on a computer so much I’m developing severe back problems at age 26. I’m more attached to my gadgets now then ever before, but that’s not to say I haven’t spent a good deal of my life in front of one screen or another (computer screen… I thank my parents for my relative disinterest in television over the course of my life). 

I am over-gadgeted. We are all, mostly, over-gadgeted. (Especially my generation and younger.) We are all, it seems, addicted to the connectivity and we seem to have lost the urge for tangible entertainment. We play physical board games less and less (replaced by computers, game consoles), we write on paper less and less (and type instead) and some of us have even replaced the joys of opening that old cookbook to the sauce-stained page of our favorite recipes with easy to navigate cooking blogs. Electronics have effected every piece of our lives.

This is why, in my old(er) age I’ve come to appreciate weaving and I do more and more as time moves on. It allows me to see true colors, to feel something under my fingers that isn’t a keyboard. It brings me to a totally different place where there aren’t seven tabs open in Chrome and the sound of emails received is distant. It is a piece of a former world and it brings me back down to earth on days when that’s exactly what I need.

Ready to be cut off the loom!

Tapestry Purse done!

I spent the beginning part of this morning sewing together the tapestry purse.  I actually enjoy this part of the process.  I especially like sewing on the beads.

Let me show you the pictures and describe the steps.

This picture of the finished purse was taken on my bedside table before I wandered back to my studio to take the real pictures.
I sewed silk to the back of the weaving before I sewed the weaving into a purse.

I tucked the ends of the braid into the two corners of the purse before sewing up the sides of the purse.

Then I sewed the braid onto the purse with beads on each side of the braid. I then beaded around the flap of the purse.  This disguises all ugly seams.  And since most of my seams are ugly, beads are definitely my best friend.

This is the back of the finished purse.

Alas, two weavings off the loom

The tapestry/bead silk purse took a little longer to finish weaving than I had anticipated.  Maybe I got distracted.  I was anxious to get it off the loom and so as a result, I avoided weaving it.  How does that make any sense whatsoever?  I also had to finish the tapestry/bead cuff because it was living on the same loom.

Just finished!  The tapestry purse weaving did pull in slightly but I can hide that when I fold it up and adorn it with beads.  I like the colors.  I am looking forward to putting on the braid that I made to exactly match it.

Silk Tapestry and bead weaving on Mirrix Loom
I really do like the color combination.

Another cuff bracelet in the making

Side by side.

The silk braid!

Now to sew this all together!

Advancing Your Weaving

It may not be obvious what to do when you’ve woven a piece the length of your loom and want to keep weaving but have hit the shedding device (or the top of the loom if you aren’t using a shedding device). For my 15.5 inch headband weaving, which is fairly thin and a fast weave, I’ve already reached that point and am about to reach it again.

On a Mirrix, the solution is simple: Loosen the wingnuts on each side of your loom (evenly!) just enough so your warp can slide down. Make sure your spring bar is not in the spring. Take your warping bar with two hands on either side of the piece and move the bar up. This will move your weaving down under the bottom beam and back up the back of the weaving. Voila!

Almost done! 

The warp advancing around the bottom beam.

Ultra Suede for Headband Backs

Even as I get older and getting packages is more and more common I still get giddy when I see a package in the mailbox or when we get that standard apartment-building “we have a package downstairs for you” email. The past few times I got giddy about packages they ended up being priority mail boxes. Like, not Priority Mail Boxes filled with anything interesting, just the boxes. Not very exciting.

Yesterday, though, a package from Mirrix (the East one) arrived (in a Priority Mail box, but a full one!) and it was filled with ultra suede to back the headbands with and some other goodies (C-Lon, needles, beads). 
If you haven’t used Ultra Suede before, it’s really neat stuff. I have some cuff bracelets lined with it and it’s so soft and durable. Love it! Perfect for a project such as this. 
More soon… need to finish the weaving of the headband so I can get a bead piece that’s in my head started. Clearly, I need more looms…
Package time!

The Headband Project: A Recap of the beginning

I’ve been working on a little project (you can see my posts at the Inside Mirrix blog) making a woven headband and wanted to recap my progress so far on this blog.

I decided a few weeks ago that I need a new headband. Instead of heading down to the H&M, I decided to make my own. I purchased some plain plastic headbands in varying sizes and began a simple weaving on my 16″ Mirrix using cotton and novelty yarn weft and C-Lon warp. I have a few inches of weaving to go before I begin assembling the headband!

Blank Headbands
The weaving, so far

Welcome!

About this blog: For those of you with little or no experience weaving beads or tapestry on a Mirrix Loom, easy, simple and fun projects are a great way to help you gain confidence weaving and feel inspired all while creating beautiful projects.

This blog will be dedicated to beginner projects on the Mirrix Loom for those just starting to weave and those just looking for a fun, new project or inspiration.

About me: My name is Elena Zuyok. I am Marketing Director at Mirrix Looms. I am 26 years old and the daughter or Mirrix President, Claudia Chase. I own a 16″ Big Sister Loom and a 12″ Little Guy Loom.

Non-woven necklace

I have been weaving a both silk/beaded tapestry bracelet and a cellphone purse, also made of silk.  Taking longer than I thought it would.  I also made a braid to go with the bracelet.  Thought I would get it all off looms by today, but it might not happen until tonight.

Meanwhile, I finished this necklace, no part of which was made on a Mirrix Loom.  I will be taking jewelry to the show we’ll be doing in Oregon in June.  Normally, I sell my jewelry in galleries but I am getting weary of having to up the prices to deal with the gallery commission.  So, I am going to try to do some direct sales.  We are poised to upload a bunch of jewelry to the website, but waiting until the launch date of the new website, predicted to be end of this month.

What I like most about the below piece (besides the beads, which are gorgeous) is where it sits on one’s neck.  Just the right place.  That’s a hard thing to get right.  The center piece is also the clasp.  I love doing that.  Direct sales price for this piece:  $175.  Email me if you are interested!

My Lotus SLN

I want to share some final pictures of this Split Loomed Necklace, completed last week. There has been many photos of my process, included in this Blog, but now I can say it is DONE!

The front and center petal didn’t prove to be a ‘given’, for how it was placed. I tried out various looks before deciding on this one. I also added a Swarovski Crystal in the center, as an accent.

I guess we don’t usually share the back of our work, but I want to show how clean and light this one worked out. My methods allow for an easy finish, as well as a clean one. I included my initials and took great care to attach each petal in a way that would make the back show just loomed beads!

This Lotus Necklace is so comfortable to wear. I am anxious to string up my Mirrix for the next SLN!! As I mentioned earlier, the Mirrix allows for some awesome techniques to be included. The cut work, you see in each of the straps, are simple to complete and I look forward to creating another with more of them included. This was also my submission to this year’s Bead Dreams Contest. It was a pleasure sharing the process with everyone!