Elegant/Wedding Cuff Final Weave-Along. So now what?

Elegant/Wedding Cuff Final Weave-Along. So now what?
The final week of the elegant/wedding cuff bracelet weave-along is upon us.  Whip out your patience and your scissors and your glue and your beads and your needle and let’s put this all together. First you are going to need to weave a footer with the warp thread.  Mine was about ten passes (five to one side and five back).  After that, it’s time to chop, chop.  Don’t be afraid.  Just make sure you leave at least four inches of warp so you can easily tie it off in overhand knots.  If you can, leave more than four inches.

Waiting to be set free.



Close up of the footer.





Taking a little rest before we continue with surgery.
At last, she has been set free.  Look at all those messy ends!  Thank goodness all the yucky stuff is going to be glued to the brass cuff so you’ll never see it.  Trim the back ends to about half an inch in length.  You basically want them to get out of your way.



To tie warp pairs, start with a the kind of knot you use to start tying your  shoes before the cute little bow.



Tighten that knot so it’s tight against the weavings edge.



Then tie an overhand knot.



Stick a needle into the knot so that you can push it close to the edge of the weaving.



Once you’ve got the knot in place, you can remove that needle and to to the next pair of warp threads.













Warp ends all tied!



Trim ends to about a quarter of an inch.





Hair cut finished.







That’s the glue I use.  You can use anything that works on fabric.  I like this stuff because it’s fairly slow drying and allows me to adjust the piece on the brass cuff before being permanently stuck to it.  Yes, it’s smelly.  The odor goes away in about 24 hours.



Glue dabbed on back of piece.  I’ve try to push all the ends into the center where the glue keeps them in place.  This keeps them out of the way when you attach the piece to the brass cuff.



Put tapestry on cuff folding over the ends as much as you need to.  You want them to reach just slightly past the cuff so you have ample material to sew into.  Too short is not good and will make you want to tear your hair out.



Attach the ultra suede to the back of your piece.  Again, you want the ends to be long enough that you can easily sew them to the tapestry.





Sew to the tapestry and ultra-suded together all around the cuff.



Now the fun part . . . adding beads.  Pick up one 15/0, one 11/0, one 15/0.  Whip stitch between the tapestry and the ultra suede doing your best to make sure you’ve covered any sewing thread that might be showing on the tapestry.  Don’t worry so much about how the back looks.  Your goal is make sure the front is beautiful.



See how pretty!



Almost done.



One more picture of it.

We will post our finished cuff on Facebook later today!  We are hoping you will do the same.  And then we will throw all your names in a hat (we will give you a few days to post) and randomly pick the winner of the OTT light.  What lucky person that will be.


Claudia Chase & Elena Zuyok
Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms

Weave-Along 2: Finishing Weaving

Finishing Weaving
Today we will finish weaving our cuffs.  I will weave and photograph a couple of inches of the elegant cuff.  The simple cuff is just more of the same of what has been done.  You will weave sections of silk and gold combined that are just shy of an inch divided by a single row of beads.  Once you have woven seven sections of fiber and six rows of beads you can weave a footer (just like the header . . . a few passes of warp thread) and then wait for next week for complete finishing of the piece.

Now for some pictures of the more complicated cuff.

The second row of gold beads

Adding silk thread after the row of gold beads

Adding a row of silk for pick and pick

Alternating the black for pick and pick

After some pick and pick combining the gold and silk

A few rows of combined gold and silk

Ending the silk thread

Just a few rows of gold.  Ah, how we love that gold thread!

Silk thread added.  Notice how the left (the end) is behind the side the warp.

It’s hard to tell, but we’ve added some gold thread for pick and pick.

Pick and pick.

Gold and silk thread combined for a few rows.

Beads added.

 Continue weaving until you’ve achieved seven close to one inch sections of fiber (the section should measure one inch when you’ve added the row of beads) and six rows of beads.  Weave a footer as  mentioned at the beginning of this blog.

See you next week for our final blog on this piece!

Claudia Chase & Elena Zuyok
Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms

All About Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelets

Interested in weaving beads or tapestry and not quite sure where to begin? 

Mirrix Looms’ tapestry/bead cuff bracelet kits are the perfect projects to begin weaving on your Mirrix Loom. They teach the skills you need to do more complex projects, but they’re easy and fast to make. Plus, they’re gorgeous and make great gifts.

Choose from three kits: The Original Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet Kit, The Elegant Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet kit and The Wedding Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet Kit.

Kits can be purchased here

The Weave-Along 2: Beginning to Weave (& technique)

Mirrix Tapestry Elegant or Wedding Tapestry/Bead Cuff
Let’s Weave!
We are ready to weave!  So get out your specs, your warped loom, silk, gold thread, sumptuous gold beads (how we love the gold!), needle and your imagination and maybe a wee bit of patience and let’s weave.  
We will be weaving two tapestry/bead cuffs at the same time to provide you with different styles.  Here are some example photos:  In this first one  we have the simplest design represented by the Wedding Cuff (which simply means it’s white, not black, so don’t let the color confuse you).  For this simple, yet elegant, piece we’ve woven one inch sections of a combination of three gold threads (in your kit the gold thread is actually three gold threads) and one silk thread.  We then wove a line of size 10/0 24 karat gold plated Delica beads followed by an inch of weaving, followed by a row of beads until there are seven sections of woven area and six rows of Delica beads.  
The second and third examples (one is done in black silk and the other in white silk),  incorporate the same basic design as the first but throw in a couple of other techniques such as “pick and pick” and pure gold lines of thread.  

Simple Cuff

Cuff with more techniques

Another Cuff with more techniques
So choose whether you are going for simple or slightly more complex.  But even if you start with one concept, you can easily pick up the other since both styles incorporate seven one inch woven sections divided by six rows of beads.  This formula guarantees your piece will be the correct length plus the kit includes enough beads to weave six rows.  Now you could stagger the rows differently if you’d like, but remember that you are only going to get six rows of beads out of the kit.
We will begin with the simple version:

Starting that first weft thread:
Prepare your weft by combining a yard length of the three strand gold thread (you will always use the gold thread in three strands so it is thick enough) and one strand of silk. 

End the header thread by inserting it through two center warps.  Begin a strand of silk where you’ve ended the header thread as if you were continuing with the same thread.  You will begin and end all thread in this manner making sure that no thread is ever pushing through to the front of your weaving.  Remember, you do not care what the back looks like!

Weave a little shy of one inch of the gold and silk combined threads.  Do not pull in too tightly at the edges so that your piece remains a consistent width.  Don’t weave so loosely that you have large loops at the edges.

The next step is to add a row of beads.  Thread beading thread onto a needle and tie an overhand knot.

Loop the silk and gold thread through the loop of thread on your needle.

Pick up eleven needles with your needle.  Slide the beads onto the gold and silk thread.

Loop the silk and god around the side warp once (this will serve to anchor the beads, which although you cannot see are on the thread).

Weave the beads into the piece.  There will be two beads between the raised warp threads except for the last one.

Push the beads into place with your fingers and pull tightly enough n the thread so that it is completely buried in the beads.  Neatness counts!

 Make two loops around the end warp thread both to anchor the beads but also to fill up the space on the side of the beads.

Continue weaving the gold and silk thread until you reach close to an inch.

Continue in this manner until you’ve reached seven white almost one inch long sections divided by six rows of beads.

Now let’s move onto the more complicated Cuff.  This one is woven in black silk but can also be woven in white silk.

 Cut a length of silk about a yard long.

Stick the end of the header thread between two warps in the center of the weaving and begin the silk where the header thread ends.  Not a great picture, but I can’t go back and take another one now.

Weave the silk thread for about six passes.  This is not set in stone.

Now you get to add the gold!  End the silk thread in the middle of the weaving and start the three stranded gold where the silk thread ended.

Weave some of that gorgeous gold.

Add the black thread back in but this time at the edge because you are not ending the gold thread.  I know this is not a clear picture.  It looked fine on the camera!  What I’ve done is wrap the black thread around the side warp so that it doesn’t stick out the side.  Take the end under the side warp and then wrap it to the right over the warp sticking it in between the two side warps.  Then weave it to meet the end of the gold.

 Wrap the gold around the end warp twice.  Then weave it back to the right.

Weave the black thread to the right.  You are doing pick and pick, which is essentially a way to make vertical stripes.  It’s a blast once you get the hang of it.

Weave the gold back.  It will naturally go around the black thread making a neat edge.

Weave the black thread.  See the design emerge!

Do the same trick with the gold thread, wrapping around the edge thread twice before you weave it.

Weave just gold for a bit and then end it and add the silk thread.
  

 Weave just the silk thread for a bit.

End the gold thread and start the silk thread.

Weave a few rows of the silk thread.

Add the gold thread while NOT ending the black thread.  See the way you wrap the thread around the end warp backwards so that the end sticks out behind the weaving.

Weave the gold thread for two passes.  This will not be pick and pick.  Rather it is called wavy lines.  You will weave two passes of each color instead of one.

Weave the silk thread for two passes.

Weave the gold thread for two passes.

Weave the gold thread for two passes.

Then the black.  Congratulations!  You’ve woven an inch and are ready to add beads.

Thread bead thread in to a needle and tie an overhand knot.

  Loop the silk thread that is being woven on the loom around the bead thread attached to the needle.

 Pick up eleven gorgeous 24 karat plated size 10/0 delicas and slide onto your silk thread.

Warp that silk thread around the edge warp before weaving your beads.

Then weave those sweet beads!  Still gives me chills to see how beautiful that looks.

Push the beads down and pull on the silk thread so that it is even with the edge warp thread.  Good job.  Keep smiling.

Wrap silk thread around edge thread before you weave it back.

Weave the silk thread .

Weave some more silk thread.  How ever much you want.

Add some gold thread to the silk thread and weave them together for a bit.

 Now we are going to turn it back into pick and pick. Wrap the silk thread around the outside warp and weave it back once.

Now weave just the gold thread.

One pass of silk thread.

Now you’ve got those wonderful vertical stripes again!

Combine the silk and gold thread and weave with that for a bit.

Look how sweet that looks!

Weave on!!!  This is my loom at this point.  I will be weaving the rest of the piece this week.  How about you?

Happy weaving! Remember to post pictures of your progress on Facebook and Ravelry!

Claudia Chase & Elena Zuyok
Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms

The Mirrix Weave-Along: Balancing the warping bar

One weave-along participant, Susan Murry (thank you, Susan), brought to our attention that some people might not know how to balance the warping bar. I took a few pictures of one of my looms as an example. Basically, if you are warping a relatively thin piece on one side of the loom, the warping bar will not be supported on the other side. To fix this, you need to tie a piece of string, ribbon (Susan says: “Ribbon makes a Mirrix even prettier with a nice big bow at the top!” So true!) or cord to balance the warping bar. Loop your string (ribbon, cord) over the top of the loom, wind it once around the warping bar, bring it back under the loom and tie. Make sure the warping bar is stable and your string is in the correct place. Following are some pictures of the warping bar being balanced on one of my looms.

Please, follow Susan’s lead and let us know if you think there’s anything we can expand upon!

Weave-Along 2: Warping


We’re ready to warp!

We’re ready to warp and weave a header! If you didn’t read last week’s set-up post, please read it  here before going on.

If you have warped your loom before, this step should be easy. If you have not, please refer to our  online warping instructions  and go through the process step by step.

Two things to remember: This project requires a 12 dent spring with 12 warps across. 

Warping:
*Note, the pictures under this section are of a loom being warped for only one bracelet because, most likely, you will be weaving just one piece on one side of the loom. The loom has a bottom spring kit. After the warping section, the pictures we will be showing will be of a loom warped for two pieces: the Elegant Cuff Bracelet and the Wedding Cuff Bracelet. 

Loom with warping bar between two clips.
(Black plastic clips shown, newer looms will have wooden clips)
Loom with the warp on.

The top bar of the loom, fifteen warps across.

After the loom is warped, loosen the tension enough to move the warping bar down towards the bottom of the loom. Then tighten your tension again.

Loom with warp on it, balanced on the right side with a piece of cord. 
If you are doing only one bracelet, and because this is a relatively thin project, it is best to warp a piece on one side of the loom instead of in the middle. After warping, tie a piece of cord or string on the other side of the loom to balance the warping bar. You can also warp another piece on the other side to weave later.

The bottom of the loom

The clips are next turned around so they stick forward and the shedding device is places in the clips. 

Putting heddles on

Heddles attach the warp threads to the shedding device, allowing you to change sheds when you change the position of the shedding device handle. 

After putting heddles on every other warp, you rotate the warping bar to put heddles on the warps that did not already have heddles on them.
The shedding device, rotated and ready for more heddles on the other side.


The loom, warped and with heddles on both sides of the shedding device. Almost done!
Close-up of the heddles on the loom.
The loom, ready to be woven on with the shedding device handle attached.

Weaving a Header:

A header is woven before you start your piece to provide a strong base that will eventually be folded over during the finishing process. We used the C-Lon cord that we warped the loom with to weave this header. It should be about a third of an nch of weaving. 


We are warped.  Remember 12 ends per inch using the 12 dent coil.  Warp for tapestry.  If you don’t have a bottom spring kit, remember to weave in those bottom two strings so that your piece does not keep beating down.  This will give it a base.  If you have a bottom spring, this is not necessary.
We will be weaving both the wedding cuff and the elegant cuff.  For the wedding cuff, we will be weaving a very simple pattern of rows of beads divided by one inch of silk and gold thread combined.  For the elegant cuff, we will be weaving a more complicated design.  It doesn’t matter which kit you have, you can weave either technique.  The only difference between the kits is the color of the silk.  In both cases, you will be weaving six rows of size 10 delica beads with one inch sections of tapestry in between, whether that is simple weaving back and forth or a pattern.
Please remember, only participating members will be eligible to win an OttLite at the end of the weave-along. This means: Ask questions, answer questions and post pictures. Even if you’re just asking a question by email or sending us a picture of your progress… or even just commenting on the blog… we want this to be a community event and that means talking with your fellow weave-along members! Post, post, post and you might just go home with anOttLite!

Here are the places you can participate:

“A Word From Elena” blogMirrix Facebook PageMirrix Facebook Group (please ask to join), Mirrix Ravelry Page.

Until next week!

Claudia & Elena
Mirrix Tapestry and Bead Looms

Mirrix Tapestry Elegant or Wedding Tapestry/Cuff Bracelet weave-along

Mirrix Tapestry Elegant or Wedding Tapestry/Bead Cuff
Let’s Weave!
We are ready to weave!  So get out your specs, your warped loom, silk, gold thread, sumptuous gold beads (how we love the gold!), needle and your imagination and maybe a wee bit of patience and let’s weave.  
We will be weaving two tapestry/bead cuffs at the same time to provide you with different styles.  Here are some example photos:  In this first one  we have the simplest design represented by the Wedding Cuff (which simply means it’s white, not black, so don’t let the color confuse you).  For this simple, yet elegant, piece we’ve woven one inch sections of a combination of three gold threads (in your kit the gold thread is actually three gold threads) and one silk thread.  We then wove a line of size 10/0 24 karat gold plated Delica beads followed by an inch of weaving, followed by a row of beads until there are seven sections of woven area and six rows of Delica beads.  
The second and third examples (one is done in black silk and the other in white silk),  incorporate the same basic design as the first but throw in a couple of other techniques such as “pick and pick” and pure gold lines of thread.  
Simple Cuff
 
Cuff with more techniques
Another Cuff with more techniques
 
 
So choose whether you are going for simple or slightly more complex.  But even if you start with one concept, you can easily pick up the other since both styles incorporate seven one inch woven sections divided by six rows of beads.  This formula guarantees your piece will be the correct length plus the kit includes enough beads to weave six rows.  Now you could stagger the rows differently if you’d like, but remember that you are only going to get six rows of beads out of the kit.
We will begin with the simple version:
 
Starting that first weft thread:
Prepare your weft by combining a yard length of the three strand gold thread (you will always use the gold thread in three strands so it is thick enough) and one strand of silk. 
End the header thread by inserting it through two center warps.  Begin a strand of silk where you’ve ended the header thread as if you were continuing with the same thread.  You will begin and end all thread in this manner making sure that no thread is ever pushing through to the front of your weaving.  Remember, you do not care what the back looks like!

Weave a little shy of one inch of the gold and silk combined threads.  Do not pull in too tightly at the edges so that your piece remains a consistent width.  Don’t weave so loosely that you have large loops at the edges.

The next step is to add a row of beads.  Thread beading thread onto a needle and tie an overhand knot.

Loop the silk and gold thread through the loop of thread on your needle.

Pick up eleven needles with your needle.  Slide the beads onto the gold and silk thread.
Loop the silk and god around the side warp once (this will serve to anchor the beads, which although you cannot see are on the thread).
Weave the beads into the piece.  There will be two beads between the raised warp threads except for the last one.

Push the beads into place with your fingers and pull tightly enough n the thread so that it is completely buried in the beads.  Neatness counts!

 Make two loops around the end warp thread both to anchor the beads but also to fill up the space on the side of the beads.

Continue weaving the gold and silk thread until you reach close to an inch.

Continue in this manner until you’ve reached seven white almost one inch long sections divided by six rows of beads.
Now let’s move onto the more complicated Cuff.  This one is woven in black silk but can also be woven in white silk.
 

Cut a length of silk about a yard long.

Stick the end of the header thread between two warps in the center of the weaving and begin the silk where the header thread ends.  Not a great picture, but I can’t go back and take another one now.

Weave the silk thread for about six passes.  This is not set in stone.

Now you get to add the gold!  End the silk thread in the middle of the weaving and start the three stranded gold where the silk thread ended.

Weave some of that gorgeous gold.

Add the black thread back in but this time at the edge because you are not ending the gold thread.  I know this is not a clear picture.  It looked fine on the camera!  What I’ve done is wrap the black thread around the side warp so that it doesn’t stick out the side.  Take the end under the side warp and then wrap it to the right over the warp sticking it in between the two side warps.  Then weave it to meet the end of the gold.

Wrap the gold around the end warp twice.  Then weave it back to the right.

Weave the black thread to the right.  You are doing pick and pick, which is essentially a way to make vertical stripes.  It’s a blast once you get the hang of it.

Weave the gold back.  It will naturally go around the black thread making a neat edge.

Weave the black thread.  See the design emerge!

Do the same trick with the gold thread, wrapping around the edge thread twice before you weave it.

 
Weave just gold for a bit and then end it and add the silk thread.

Weave just the silk thread for a bit.

End the gold thread and start the silk thread.

Weave a few rows of the silk thread.

Add the gold thread while NOT ending the black thread.  See the way you wrap the thread around the end warp backwards so that the end sticks out behind the weaving.

Weave the gold thread for two passes.  This will not be pick and pick.  Rather it is called wavy lines.  You will weave two passes of each color instead of one.

Weave the silk thread for two passes.

Weave the gold thread for two passes.

Weave the gold thread for two passes.

Then the black.  Congratulations!  You’ve woven an inch and are ready to add beads.

Thread bead thread in to a needle and tie an overhand knot.

Loop the silk thread that is being woven on the loom around the bead thread attached to the needle.

Pick up eleven gorgeous 24 karat plated size 10/0 delicas and slide onto your silk thread.

Warp that silk thread around the edge warp before weaving your beads.

Then weave those sweet beads!  Still gives me chills to see how beautiful that looks.

Push the beads down and pull on the silk thread so that it is even with the edge warp thread.  Good job.  Keep smiling.

Wrap silk thread around edge thread before you weave it back.

Weave the silk thread .

Weave some more silk thread.  How ever much you want.

Add some silk thread to the black thread and weave them together for a bit.

Now we are going to turn it back into pick and pick. Wrap the silk thread around the outside warp and weave it back once.

Now weave just the gold thread.

One pass of silk thread.

Now you’ve got those wonderful vertical stripes again!

Combine the silk and gold thread and weave with that for a bit.

Look how sweet that looks!

Weave on!!!  This is my loom at this point.  I will be weaving the rest of the piece this week.  How about you?

 

Welcome to the 2nd Mirrix Weave-Along



Welcome to the Mirrix Weave-Along!

The Mirrix Weave-Along 2 officially begins today! We will start warping next week, but wanted to take this opportunity to work out any kinks and make sure everyone is prepared for warping.
The Schedule:
Week One: October 2nd- October 8th
Loom set-up, Warping, weaving header

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Two: October 9th- October 15th
Beginning weaving, adding beads, design techniques

Week Three: October 16th- October 23rd
Weaving techniques, tips and tricks

Week Four: October 23rd- October 29th
Finishing weaving, cutting off the loom, finishing the cuff

What you need:
-A Mirrix Loom (preferably size 12 or larger with a shedding device) and all that comes with one.
-A twelve-dent  spring (this comes with your Mirrix loom). A twelve-dent spring means that there are twelve dents (spaces in the warp coil) in an inch when on the loom.
-An elegant cuff bracelet kit or a wedding cuff bracelet kit (or similar materials)
The kits contain the following:-Brass cuff one inch wide-C-Lon Cord size 135-14k gold thread on a silk core, white or black silk thread-8/0 and 11/0 seed beads for weaving and embellishment-ultra-suede-Heddles (these can be purchased in the Mirrix Storeor you can make them yourself)
To make them yourself: You will need to make as many individual heddles as there will be warps in your weaving.  These heddles (as well as the Mirrix heddles you can buy) will be reusable.  The thinner and stronger the string you use, the better.  For bead weavers, cotton quilting or beading thread works great.  For tapestry weavers, cotton crochet thread, linen warp or single-ply cotton warp works well.Nail two finishing nails into a piece of wood three and one-eight inches apart.  You will use this little tool to tie your warps.  Cut ten inch lengths of your heddle material, one for each heddle you will make.  Tie them around the nails, using an overhand knot to secure the ends.  In order to get that knot to sit right next to the nail, slip a needle into the knot before it is pulled tight and push the knot toward the nail.  Then tighten it.  Trim off the ends of the heddles to within a quarter of an inch of the knot.-A pair of scissors-A bead mat (optional)-A needle (or needles) -Glue that can bond fabric to metal. These types of glue are available through craft outlets. You will only need this for finishing your cuff. -A Phillips head screw driver IF you have wooden clips
Set-Up:
How you want to set up your work space is up to you, but we suggest finding a flat surface and organizing everything you will need to warp the loom and begin weaving. Swing out the two (or one if you are using an 8″ loom) legs under the loom and place it on a flat surface.

Make sure your loom is at a height so you have about 2″ of threaded rod showing on each side. Measure to make sure the loom is even. We suggest if you are using a size 12″ loom or larger that you put your weaving on the left or right side of the loom. You will need some kind of string to tie around the warping bar on the opposite side of where you will put your piece. You will do this after you have warped your loom. It will help to stabilize the warping bar. The reason you don’t put it in the middle of the loom is, because it is such a thin piece, it is difficult to balance the bar. You may want to warp the loom on both sides and make another piece on the other side at a later date. For example, you could warp the other side 10 warps wide and make a little purse.
How to Participate, the social aspect
Participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with other members of the weave-along via email and social media sites including posts on the “A Word From Elena” blog, the Mirrix Facebook Page, the Mirrix Facebook Group, the Mirrix Ravelry Pageand on Twitter! This is a community event. One of the greatest benefits of doing this weave-along is engaging with others who are doing the same thing. Of course we will moderate and answer questions, but we hope you will all help the conversation along and post pictures and updates of your projects.
Remember, if you have any problems you can alwaysemail us directly.
A Prize! We’ve partnered with OttLite, the premier crafting light company, and one lucky participant (we will randomly select one person who participates weekly by posting comments, questions and pictures) will win an OttLite Floor Lamp, the very same one Mirrix President Claudia Chase has owned for years. 
Thank you for being a part of this, we can’t wait for next week!
Elena Zuyok & Claudia Chase
Mirrix Looms

Weave-Along #2: Details and prizes!

The Mirrix Looms Weave-Along #2: The Elegant and Wedding Cuff Bracelets

The September 25th Weave-Along: Come weave with us! 

What’s a weave-along?
This weave-along is a FREE online course. Claudia Chase and Elena Zuyok of Mirrix Looms will lead participants through a project woven on a loom. Every Sunday participants will get an email going over what participants worked on week before and giving instructions and tips for the week ahead. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with other members of the weave-along via email and social media sites. “A Word From Elena” blogMirrix Facebook Page, Mirrix Facebook GroupMirrix Ravelry Page. This is a community event! 

What are we weaving?
We are weaving a cuff bracelet that combines tapestry and beads. You have a choice to weave either a white “Wedding Bracelet”, a black “Elegant Bracelet” or a bracelet with materials of your own! These cuff bracelets were designed by Claudia Chase, President of Mirrix Looms. They are made using the Mirrix’s Looms shedding device on a loom warped for tapestry weaving. The beads fit perfectly between the warp threads, making the bracelet fast, easy and fun to weave! After it comes off the loom, the piece is secured to a brass cuff (that fits any wrist size!) and embellished with beads. It’s a fun project for anyone from beginners to expert weavers.
Why participate?
It will be fun and a great learning experience! Not only will you get step-by-step instructions in real time on how to do a great project, but you’ll be doing it with other people who you can bounce ideas off of and ask question to. 

PLUS we’ve partnered with OttLite, the premier crafting light company, and they have offered to give a fantastic prize to be given to one of the participants at the end of the weave-along. Note that you must be an active participant to qualify. Check back soon for more information on the prize! 

What materials do you need?
We provide kits for both the black (Elegant Cuff) and white (Wedding Cuff) bracelets. When you sign up for the weave-along (email elena@mirrixlooms.com) you will receive a 25% off code for these kits. 

If you have your own materials that are similar to these, feel free to use them. Or, if you just need some of the materials, many parts of the kit are available in our online store including the cuffs, silk, C-Lon and gold thread. 

The kits contain the following:

-Brass cuff one inch wide
-C-Lon Cord size 135
-14k gold thread on a silk core, white or black silk thread
-8/0 and 11/0 seed beads for weaving and embellishment
-ultra-suede

Other Materials:
-A Mirrix Loom
-Scissors
-A needle

What’s the schedule?
This weave-along is slated to begin on September 23rd. On that day we will send out an email and post a blog post about setting up your loom and go over the basic process and dos and don’ts to get your prepared. We will begin warping on Sunday, october 2nd. This gives everyone a little more time to get their kits in the mail. They should take about three days to send and are sent day-of. Please order as soon as possible!


Week One: October 2nd- October 8th
Loom set-up, Warping, weaving header

Week Two: October 9th- October 15th
Beginning weaving, adding beads, design techniques
Week Three: October 16th- October 23rd
Weaving techniques, tips and tricks 

Week Four: October 23rd- October 29th
Finishing weaving, cutting off the loom, finishing the cuff










Weave-Along #2 & #3

Due to the great success of our first weave-along, we’re planning not one but TWO more. The first will begin on September 25th. The second will begin on October 30th  November 13th  and will be a more in-depth and complex weave-along which is why we’re leaving a little more time for us to plan for it.

The October 30th  November 13th Weave-Along: 

This project will be a small woven purse OR a small beaded purse.

Beaded Purse 





You can purchase our beaded purse kit here: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/beadsthreadbeadkits.html


Tapestry Purse


Coming October 14th


Email elena@mirrixlooms.com to join the weave-along and for a 25% discount code on both kits for participants!





The September 25th Weave-Along: IN PROGRESS
We will weave either a black “elegant cuff” bracelet or a white “wedding cuff” bracelet. Kits, with real 24 k gold thread, are available for purchase, or use your own materials!
CLICK HERE to PURCHASE A KIT *email elena@mirrixlooms.com for a 25% discount code for participants!

This kit contains the following:

Brass cuff one inch wide
C-Lon Cord size 135
14k gold thread on a silk core, white silk thread
8/0 and 11/0 seed beads for weaving and embellishment
ultra-suede