A Simple Beaded Bracelet using the No warp ends kit!
After having made the simpTle beaded bracelet I realized that it would have been a bit easier to make it with the no warp-ends kit. I whipped out one of my two mini-mirrix looms and warped it up with the kit. I have been using the mini a lot lately. I go through stages but recently I’ve been weaving so much and in so many different places, including bed, that I find the mini is a must have when I really want something very little in my lap. I have even woven silk strips on it because I don’t always use the shedding device when weaving thin silk strips because it’s almost as easy not to reach up and change the shedding device. Plus sometimes I just like to needle weave. It’s kind of that “slow craft” moment, which I’ve been having a lot of lately. I digress.
Why the no warp-ends kit for this simple project? It turns out it is easier (and I am out to prove this point) to fold down the ends of the piece and sew them without those pesky warp end knots and ends. I am glad I tried it without the no warp-ends kit first because it’s very doable and I don’t want you folks who don’t have one and don’t want to buy the kit excluded from this very fun, very satisfying project. That being said, it’s always nice to find an easier way to to do anything. And if you are like me, turning over and sewing ends of things is not your favorite thing to do!
What you will need:
Any Mirrix Loom
A tube of size 11/0 Delica beads or any kind of tube bead that size
A tube of size 15/0 seed beads
Size D beading thread like C-Lon
A beading mat, if you’d like
I set my no warp-ends kit so that I could weave a piece 7 and a half inches tall. My wrist is six inches in diameter. The left over inch is for folding over. If your piece is too long, no worries because you can always fold over more to the back to make it fit correctly. But if it’s too short you might have to find a friend with a smaller wrist than yours unless you want to square stitch some extra beads on the end. I set my C-Lon size D thread at nine ends per inch to make it eight beads wide.
Weave alternate rows of the Delica and seed beads starting with the Delica beads. The last row is a tad difficult to weave. The spacing when you are done should look like this.
When you remove your piece from the loom the warp thread will shrink enough to fill in any spaces caused by the S-Hooks. This space is actually necessary or otherwise there will not be enough room for the beads once the thread shrinks back to its normal size. And in that case the bracelet will bunch up.
Remove hooks. Sew one edge down to hold the hook and the other edge to insert the hook.
You are finished!