Weave-Along 9: Finishing your bead and crystal necklace

I have made two of these bracelets (successfully . . . since I made three before I made the one I finally liked) and I’ve finished them both slightly differently although using the same concept.  So although I’ve come up with a couple of fun and workable ways to finish them, if you want to change it up a bit, feel free.

Weave 41 sections of the 8/0 bead pattern and end with a row of crystals.

Do NOT cut your piece off the loom.  Simply release the tension and slide out the warp bar.  Then . .

Trim your ends as little as possible making the ends on each side of the necklace even.

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Thread a beading needle with beading thread and tie an overhand knot at the end.  You will use this to slide the porcelain beads onto the silk warps.

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Divide off four warp threads on one end of necklace and slide on one of the smaller porcelain beads.

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Tie an overhand knot.  To get the knot snugly next to the bead, stick a needle into the knot and push it toward the bead.

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Do the same for four warp threads on the other end of the piece.

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Put the two ends of your piece side-by-side and slip another small porcelain bead onto the remaining six warp threads thereby joining the ends of your necklace together.  Tie an overhand knot to keep it in place.

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Add the last small porcelain bead after the first one.

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 Tie another overhand knot.

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Isolate four (note: this is a correction, it previously said three, sorry about that!) warp threads that emerge from the single porcelain beads.

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Using your threaded bead needle slide on one of the long porcelain beads.

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Tie an overhand knot to keep the bead in place.

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Repeat for the other side.

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Next slide crystals (or beads) onto the ends of all the warp threads.  You can slide more than one or a combination of beads and crystals.  I have used just one crystal for each end.

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Tie an overhand knot to keep the crystal in place.

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This is how my piece looks!

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Wear and enjoy or make a friend very happy.  Happy holidays to all!!!!!!!

Confetti and Bead Necklace Weave-Along Week 2

Welcome to the second week of Mirrix’s Weave-Along! We’re ready to get to the fun part- weaving! This is the bulk of the weave-along, so remember to ask questions if you have them! We can always be reached directly (email: elena@mirrixlooms.com) or via social media sites like Facebook or Ravelry

This is how the LaniLoom looks with her warp on. You want to lift the bar in back so that there is at least seven inches of warp between the bar and where you will begin weaving.  That should leave seven inches on the other end as well.  I you’ve extended your loom more than 18 inches, you can increase the fringe by half the number of inches you increased your height by.  So that if your loom is now 20 inches high, you can make your fringe 8 inches.

Let’s begin weaving!  Your first row will be two crystals.  Once you’ve woven the row, tie and knot the the thread to adjust the initial width of the piece.  You can sew that end in later.

Next weave one solid row of beads (I used the pink) followed by that bead, two of another bead color (I used the gold), repeat that row and end with a solid row of the original color.  Then add another row of crystals in whatever color you want.  I used the pink.  Remember, you goal is to evenly distribute these colors throughout the piece.

Continue weaving this pattern until there are 41 sections of beads and 42 rows of crystals.

You are going to have to advance your piece several times.  Note how at one point, I move the warping bar to the top of the loom.

In this next photo you will see that the bar has been moved down to the front of the loom to create room for those final rows of beads.  Again, you will leave at least seven inches of empty warp ending with a row of cyrstals.

You can see now how easy this project is to do! It’s simple traditional bead weaving, but the results are stunning with the different sized beads and crystals. You can use this technique elsewhere and really experiment using different sized beads, crystals, stones or anything else you can think of!

What different materials would you use in a similar project? 

Confetti Crystal and Bead Necklace Weave-Along: Week One

It’s time to whip out your nude loom and that new pretty crystal and bead kit your just bought and find out how easy and fun it is to make a beautiful necklace to keep or to share.  If you wear, everyone you know will want one.  I hadn’t even escaped from my house with my just finished necklace when it was immediately claimed by a friend.

As I believe I mentioned elsewhere, it took me three attempts to get this necklace just right.  I am glad I spent the time because I think this is a timeless and workable design that will be both fun to weave, but fun to change up a bit.  You might want to organize your beads slightly differently from the way I do it.  Keep in mind that you are going to have to weave the same number of rows of crystals (the kit comes with 100 crystals which is more than you need to weave and finish the necklace if you weave one row of crystals for every four rows of beads) that I’ve woven but you can organize them differently . . . ie., more randomly . . . if you like.

If you look closely you can see the pattern I created.  The piece (although you can’t see it here) starts with a row of two crystals.  What follows is a solid row of four beads.  Then one of those beads, two of a different color of beads and another one of those beads and then the pattern repeated backwards so that you get a square within a square.  Next weave another row of crystals and continue with a different color combination of beads.  You want to spread your five bead and five crystal colors throughout that piece.  But first we need to set up the loom.  Don’t worry, this won’t take more than a few minutes.


Extend your loom so that are 18 inches between the top and bottom beam.  This is the highest you can extend the 8 and 12 inch looms.  If you have a 16 inch loom, you can extend it a little more which will give you slightly more length to your fringe.

You will not need a warp coil (spring) on your loom.  Center the piece as much as possible.  There will be three groups of warp threads with three threads in each group.  Essentially, you will be putting nine warps on the loom. If you’ve never warped before, follow along on our online .pdf warping instructions. Just remember that you don’t need to use a warp coil!

That’s it! Next week we’ll begin weaving!

 

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