Navajo Style Weaving on a Mirrix Loom: YES YOU CAN
The other day Elena and I had a long conversation about weaving a Navajo style piece (ie., four selvedges, no fringe!) on a Mirrix Loom. We came up with one great idea. I tried it. It failed. Sad face. Then we rethought the whole thing. I tried it. Epic success! Elena smiled. I smiled. I will now share!
What you need to accomplish this: a couple of lengths of texslov cord, two thin metal rods, some strong string (I used Seine Twine) and the usual: warp and weft.
First, set up the thin bars on the back of the loom by wrapping two lengths of texslov cord around the loom and sticking both bars into the cord. This is the point where you can decide the length of your piece based on how high the loom is set and where you insert the bars. With this method, you will be able to weave a piece longer than the length of the loom.
Next, warp the loom by simply wrapping the warp around each bar, hopping from one to the other by passing around the front of the loom and then heading back to the back. It’s really easy. There will be a space where there is no warp between the two bars.
When you are done warping, use the Seine Twine to zig-zag back and forth between the bars (in the space that is empty) so that you can remove the cord and so that the bars do not bend under tension.
Remove the cord. Loosen your tension. Move the bottom bar around the bottom beam to the from of the loom at the top of the bottom beam. Tighten your tension.
Start weaving! When you’ve woven as far up on the front of the loom as you can, loosen your tension and rotate your piece to the back of the loom. You will weave right up to the second bar. When you are done, there will be no fringe. You can also add the shedding device which you can use until you have about four inches left. I got so excited I did not pause to install the shedding device. I did insert a thin metal bar to keep one shed open. And I will eventually attach the shedding device.
Have you tried doing something similar on your Mirrix Loom? How did you do it? Let us know in the comments!