As I tackle the second No Warp Ends project in this Craftsy course, I am reminded of the first bead weaving I did many years ago. Back in the late Sixties and early Seventies, many young girls were obsessed with making simple little necklaces, bracelets and even rings using what we then called Indian seed beads. For years I kept my “Navajo Bead Loom” in its original box but of course, as I awaited the arrival of my new Mirrix, I naturally could not find the old loom. Since they are still widely available and cost next to nothing, I purchased a new one. I felt thirteen years old again!
I’m over the worst of it, yay!!! I sewed the lining on Friday, and also shortened the zip. I couldn’t find a zip the right length, and the closest one wasn’t the look I wanted.
There was some redrawing of the measurements on the lining before i could cut it.
Anyway, I sewed the zip to the lining on the third attempt. Yes, that says the third attempt! That was after having a little trouble winding the bobbin! While doing all this, I was reminded of the fact I don’t like sewing! But needs must so I gritted my teeth and got on with it. Sewing the other seams closed was easy enough. And, stitching the lining into the purse was also easy. I thought that would be a nice video to do.
Because I was working on a black background (the lining and zip) with black thread, I couldn’t find a good enough angle to video while I stitched it in. So, I resorted to using close up photos. Hopefully they show the steps well enough.
Now, I need to do the handle and the fringe then I’ll be done! I can’t wait to see it all finished. I bought some Swarovski bicones, and what I’ll be using for part of the handle. I went with the purse so I could pick colours correctly. Hopefully they will work out.
I managed to clear the loom this morning. So I can make a start on the Nelson Mandela bracelet. I’m just going to warp and make a start, with the face!! I just need to find one colour (DB357). I know I have it, just have to find t now!
Hopefully I’ll have made enough progress to perhaps blog and share tomorrow. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the video.
Have a good evening!
Today, August 30th, is Mirrix President Claudia Chase’s birthday. I won’t tell you how old she is, but she is old enough to have me as a daughter and I’m 27. I’ve said too much. Point is, all of you should wish her a happy birthday! Head on over to our Facebook page and give her a little birthday shout out. Want to go a step further? Email her email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org with a little birthday love!
In honor of her birthday we’re having a 50% off sale on our 5 for $30.00 pattern package (designed by her). Code happybirthdayclaudia will get you all 5 kits for $15 at checkout.
Scroll down on page to purchase: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/patterns.html
I’ve been shooting videos for the weave along that begins on September 2nd.
As I was shooting, I was weaving along on a couple of pouches.
Here they are:
A Stripey one, with some beads and other embellishments:
and the back:
I wove it with Lion Brand Bonbon yarn- cotton for the body of the pouch and metallic for the embellishment.
The size 8 beads along the sides are from Mirrix and the bone beads at the lower edge were in my stash.
The medallion on the back of the pouch is one that I snitched from a box of stuff that my daughter in law was going to give away.
(She gave it away, but to ~me~ instead of giving it to ‘anonymous’ – I can be shameless when it comes to pretty goodies! )
My daughter in law grinned at me when she saw the finished pouch, and said:
‘This one is yours, isn’t it, Mum?’
‘Yes! but how did you guess?’
She just laughed.
I guess it’s because I adore these colors and use them all the time!
I was concerned about this pouch:
Why? Well, because both my daughter and my daughter in law declared that they loved it and would love to have SantaMamma leave it in their Christmas stocking.
I didn’t want to make two pouches that were exactly alike, so I had to have a big old think about it.
And, I came up with the perfect answer!!!!!
TADAH!!!! I wove it up in the same colorway, but using the drop dead luscious wool yarn from the Mirrix kit [LINK to purchase]
(and, please note,: I don’t profit by raving about the delicious and gorgeous yarns I am using for these pouches, but I am just tickled pink with them, and VERY happy to say: WHEEEEEEEEEEE about them and to say: Yup… thumbs up, order and love ‘em, too) :o)
Here’s the back of the woolie pouch:
www.kreinik.com supplied me with the gorgeous embroidery thread and edging cord for this pouch.
Here are the links for them:
The edging is 3/8 ” trim: # 170 Natural Pewter
The embroidery thread is: Ombre: http://www.kreinik.com/kshop/product.php?productid=622&cat=0&page=1 1000 – Solid Silver
I love the combination of the soft loftiness of the wool with the sparkle of the metallic embroidery floss. The embroidery thread is soft and lovely to work with. Some metallics can be barky and sharky. This is soft and nooshy.
My daughter in law (who happens to be an incredibly gifted and talented handspinner, so she is naturally inclined to be more drawn to wool), likes the woolie pouch -
HURRAH! SantaMamma is so relieved!
My girls will have their lovely pouches in their Christmas stockings, and they are ‘sister pouches’…. similar, but each unique!
Alright… time for me to get back to editing video….. :o)
|3 Clip Fringe Twister|
|Perfect fringe, every time!|
Furoshiki wrap technique to carry a small loom
I rarely leave home without a small loom.
If I am the passenger in a car, I weave.
If I have to wait for an appointment, I weave.
When in an airport or flying…. I weave.
If I am sitting, listening to my husband’s Jazz trio/quartette/quintette, I weave.
I like to be able to to port along my small looms in tote bags, backpacks or baskets.
But…. the warp strands and bobbins and needles can get seriously disarranged by being jostled in transit.
I have been mulling over the best way of protecting them while they are being trundled about…. and then it struck me….
By using the Japanese technique of creating perfect wraps and carriers from a scarf or cloth! :
FUROSHIKI (link to a ton of ways of doing furoshiki wraps)
I always carry headscarves in my purse or bag, to use as instant tote bags.
The other day, it struck me that the perfect way to protect my beloved small looms when I am slipping them into bags or baskets for their travels, is to ‘Furoshiki’ them.
It works BRILLIANTLY!
I usually use square headscarves- and any size will work… smaller scarves are great for small looms or bundles of books and tools; larger scarves for larger bundles of looms and stuff.
But, you don’t have to use scarves: This is a great upcycling opportunity!
You can use squares of fabric cut from old shirts or skirts or dresses :)
You can also use cloth squares to gift wrap presies. Do check that link at the top of the page. Impressive :)
Here’s a video, showing how to use Furoshiki wrapping techniques to make an instant, customized carrier for your small loom:
The models in the video are my 3 smallest Mirrix looms. I call them the Three Sisters.
I love, love LOVE my Three Little Sisters! I have renamed them: The Mini is ‘Molly Whuppie’ (you can read her story in my book, Soul Mate Dolls), ‘Vasilisa’ (heroine of a wonderful Russian fairytale) is the name of the 8 inch loom, and the 12 inch is now known as ‘Jane’, after my beloved Jane Austen.
I do believe they quite like their travel wraps! :)
Here’s the video that I made to show how I wrap my looms :
It’s been a good week! I’ve made good progress on joining the sides of the purse. Since the last post, I’ve finished joining one side, and I’m left with about 1/4 on the other seam. And I have to say I like the way it’s looking!
It was also easy enough to figure out how to stitch the peyote section and base together so it’s completely sealed on the ‘corners’. I took some close ups for when I have to the other side, and for future reference. Those extension tubes for my camera are very handy now!
I’m thinking about the strap/handle and fringe while I work. For the strap I’m thinking perhaps this. I’ll leave you to imagine what it may look like :)
I haven’t had time to work on those bracelets and the strip for the violin yet. I work an extra day from home now, so it’s one less day of beading. But more money at least :) I’ve been waking up by about 7:10 these days to get some in before the minis wake up. I’ve also learnt to take (more) regular breaks. So now I (try to) bead for about 15-20mins then break for about 5-10mins. I find it hard to start-stop so much, but I shall just grin and bear it because it’s for my benefit.
This morning as has become my routine, I woke early and worked on joining the side. I managed to do quite a bit but had to put away for work and then having my hair done. I would have gone back to it this evening but my thumb is feeling the strain!
I have a commission to start planning for. It will be another (colour) portrait of newlyweds. I will probably try and work on the pattern over the coming days. I don’t know if I’m allowed to share it online so, erring on the side of caution, I will keep it hidden unless I’m told otherwise.
Hopefully the next time I blog the seam will be done and I’ll be doing the lining. The part I’m most dreading as it involves a sewing machine :D That grin is pure front! But good enough I have enough lining material to make mistakes!
Tomorrow is an early start so I bid you goodnight. Enjoy your Saturday :)