Beadwoven Wall Art Inspired by Katerina Art (Part 1)

Today I am starting on a new project on my Big Sister Loom with the No Warp-Ends Kit as part of the Social Marketing Program from Mirrix Looms.  I have designed a pattern from a piece of artwork from one of my favorite artists – Katerina Art (Katerina Koukiotis).  I am so excited about using one of her drawings!!  As I looked through her beautiful art (many of which I have) I had to find – just the right one – and boy did I!!  You can go through her page and find it….or wait and I’ll SHOW you!!  She is excited to see what I do with this ‘version’ of her art too! 

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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!

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Changing Seasons Wire and Bead Woven Bracelet

When you move to Seattle they make you sign a contract where you agree that you'll tell everyone that the weather here is terrible. "Rains all the time!" you have to say, because of the contract. And it's a good thing they make you do that, because it's one of the fastest growing cities in America right now and I'm not sure how much more growth we could handle! But I'll let you in on a little secret... the weather isn't so bad. Yeah, winter is kinda grey and there's this point in the springtime when you're ready to move to Hawaii just for a glimpse of the sun... but summers are heavenly and it never really gets too cold in winter and autumn is usually pretty darn nice. Today, October 1st, is sunny and in the 60s, and that's pretty nice.

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Ask Elena: Which kit to save warp?

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