No Warps to finish part two

The sun is here this morning.  I finished the piece yesterday but it was dull and rainy and I knew I would not get a good photo.  So here it is finished on the loom.  Notice that I had removed the two cords in front because they were not allowing me to get the tension I wanted and they were getting n the way.  I would suggest replacing the two cords when you take off the piece because then you can start another piece right away without having to set up the cord and paper clips again (which actually is not such a big deal).  On a larger loom you can do several pieces at the same time.  I know one person asked yesterday if you can do little squares with this method and the answer is a resounding YES.  What a great idea too to be able to weave a series of little squares without any finishing.  It makes the concept viable finally because otherwise for such a small piece you would be doing so much finish work.  With this method you have to weave in four ends:  the weft tails (unless you’ve dealt with them while piece is not the loom) and the two warp ends that were tied to the paperclips.

The piece is completely flat.  There is a tiny loop of extra thread where the paperclip was inserted.  This turns out to be a gift since that thread is taken up by the slight shrinkage once the piece is removed from the loom.  So the whole concept is perfect, works, is amazing and I am wondering why we didn’t do this ages ago!

Finished piece on loom with front cords removed.

Close up of end of piece.

Ditto

No Warps to Finish Bead Weaving

I have had this idea in my head for a very long time and a bunch of you have been patiently waiting for me to finally give it up, figure it out, take pictures, post it and finally make the kit to make it happen.  Today, after Elena asked me for about the 30th time to do this, I finally went down to the tool room, cut up some metal bars, dashed upstairs, found some other stuff I needed (including paper clips) and warped up an eight inch loom.  Now why didn’t I just do this weeks (months?) ago?  It was so easy I almost cried.  I guess it was the lack of the correct size bars that was stopping me, but there is nothing a hacksaw can’t do to correct reality.

It works!  I mean it really works!  And once you’ve set up your loom for, let’s say, a certain size bracelet, you can leave everything in place and just start mass producing them.  I am serious.  But why believe my words when I’ve got photographs to prove it.

This is how it works.  The kit will include two thin stainless steel metal bars the weaving width of the loom.  That fun texslov cord will be provided.  You attach this very much the way you attach the extra warping bar kit.  I wanted to make a short piece so the bars are in the front of the loom.  By the way, you do not put in a spring.  It will have no function.  The bars are so thin that they slip into the ladder like holes of the thin metal bars.  But before you slip the bars inside the cords and wrap around the loom, you might want to slip some small paperclips onto the bars.  That’s right, small paperclips (we will include them with the kit as well).

Put on as many as you need or more than you’ll need in case you want to weave a second wider piece.  In any case, it’s easy to slip on the clips even after you’ve put the bars on the loom.  I know because I forgot to put them on first!

To warp all you do is tie to the bottom of one clips, slip the warp through a clip on the opposite bar (by just sliding through the clip opening), then back through a clip on the other bar.  Go back and forth until you have as many warps as you need.  Tie off on the bottom of the last clips.

Start weaving at the top of the bottom clips.  Weave until the very bottom of the top clips.  Untie the warp from the two side clips.  Release the tension on the loom.  Remove the the piece from the clips.  Sew the two warp ends into your piece.  You are done!  That’s it.  Just as easy to finish as peyote or any other off loom stitch.  
Wow!

Mirrix for Moms

I’m not (yet) a mom (although since my wedding in August we’re beginning to talk about having children) but am at the age where friends are beginning to have kids. It got me thinking about the relationship between moms and Mirrix Looms, because Mirrix Looms were actually invented and designed by MY mom (when I was just a kid) who wanted a loom that was high-quality and portable… perfect for a mom on the go.

For now, Alex and I are busy with our new puppy, Sam. 

Mom was a stay-at-home mom and a professional tapestry weaver. Our living and dining rooms were both filled with enormous tapestry looms. Tapestry weaving was a great outlet for her creativity after hours and days filled with doing the same puzzle over and over again. She even got me weaving! (See picture below.)

Me, before Mirrix Looms existed. Look at the terrible tension on that loom!

There are many reasons why a Mirrix Loom is perfect for moms. First, they’re portable, but not by sacrificing quality. Second, they’re sturdy. Read: Accidentally drive over one with a mini van and it’s still OK sturdy. Third, weaving is a great medium for someone who has to start and stop a project frequently (pick up and start off wherever you stopped!). Fourth, when you buy a Mirrix you know you’re getting a professional-quality loom, even if you’re not a professional weaver. Fifth, in the coming month we’re working on starting a new Mirrix community: Mirrix for Moms. Via newsletters and online forums moms will be able to discuss life, babies and weaving all in one place. Come play, come be a Mirrix Mom.

With my mom on my wedding day. 
We’re still getting started on this project, but for now join our Ravelry group!

The Mirrix Looms Wedding & Elegant Cuff Bracelet Kits & Weave-along
Make your own wedding or elegant cuff bracelet with our easy-to-use kits. And, if you want to make weaving your cuff a social experience, join us in our free September weave-along where we’ll walk you through the steps to making your own gorgeous bracelet for whatever special event you have planned. 
Both cuffs have 14 karat gold thread and either black or white silk. 
Learn more about the weave-along here
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