Split Loom Bracelet: Warping & First Rows
The first step to making this bracelet is warping the loom. It’s a foreign concept if you’ve never warped before but, especially with a piece like this, it’s an easy process. I’ll go through some of the steps here (just to give you an idea) but I suggest looking at our step-by-step .pdf warping instructions for a (much) more detailed explanation.
After making sure the loom was even and placing the warping bar in the clips, I tied my warp (C-Lon) to the warping bar.
Next, I warped the loom. The process is rather simple. You wrap the warp around the loom but each time you hit the warping bar, you come back from where you came. Each dent (the space in the spring) has two warps in it because I am using the shedding device. (If you are doing traditional bead weaving on a Mirrix Loom you would only put one warp in each dent. You would also only put one warp in each dent for tapestry weaving.)
My little bags of beads and the loom warped (but not heddled). After I tied off I released the warping bar from the clips and moved it to the bottom of the loom. I also tied a string to the other side of the loom to keep the warping bar balanced. On a side note… See those little pigs in the background? They’re salt and pepper shakers given to me for my birthday… their little faces magnetize to each other. Love them!
I put my first set of heddles on one of the threads in each dent. Then I flipped the shedding device and put heddles on the other treads. I used a bar woven through each pair of warps to help me see which thread was which. Now, when I move the shedding device up and down I will be lifting opposite sets of warps, giving me a place to stick my beads. Easy!
The first row I wove in the traditional way (you do this to make a base for the weaving), using pairs of warps as if they were one.
Three rows done! I engaged my shedding device, strung my beads and placed them between the threads. No need to use a needle (except to pick up your beads), which is really nice for those of us who shy from any craft (or really, any activity…) involving needles.
Notes and Numbers:
I am using an 18 dent coil. The piece is 18 warps and 17 beads across.