Welcome to the Split-Loom Necklace Weave-Along!
This is how Mirrix Looms Weave-Alongs work. You will get an email every Sunday for the length of the weave-along. In this case, it will be just two Sundays; today (you already got your email) and next Sunday. The email will link to a page (the one you are reading this on now). On that page will be instructions for that week’s section of the weave-along. While there is no rush (take as long as you want to finish, we’ll keep these pages up for a while), the goal is that participants work on the weave-along sections in “real time”. That means you’d work on and finish this part of the weave-along by next Sunday and the next part by the Sunday after that. This way you can ask questions and post your progress on Mirrix’s social media channels (like our Facebook Page & Ravelry Page) or via email, and it becomes a community event. Fun, right? Let’s get started!
Finally, a weave-along about that technique so many people ask us about. This weave-along will show you how to make a split-loom necklace by just weaving the beads versus weaving and stringing some of the beads on the warp and having that become a design element. That particularly technique we are considering for a future weave-along (where we will use the no warps to weave in kit to achieve that goal). But for now let’s just stick with a simple, but very satisfying approach.
-Any Mirrix Loom size 8 and up with a 16 or 18 dent spring since we will be using size 11/0 Delicas. You could also use 11/0 seed beads and a 14 dent spring.
-3 Colors of size 11/0 Delica beads and a bobbin of C-Lon D beading thread.
–A beading mat (or a piece of cloth to put your beads on)
Plus basics like a measuring tape and a good pair of scissors!
Warping Your Mirrix Loom
For detailed instructions on how to warp a Mirrix Loom for bead weaving not using the shedding device please go here or view the video below (remember to follow the instructions for warping without the shedding device, we cover both ways in the video).
You will be putting 20 warps on your loom for a piece that will be, at maximum width, 19 beads wide.
You want about eight inches of warp waste at the beginning of your weaving and another eight inches at the end. The piece itself is about seventeen inches long. Adjust your loom accordingly to put on about 32 or 33 inches of warp. Note how high the bar should be on the back of the loom once you are ready to begin weaving (see picture below).
Also note the binder clip below. This is a new discovery. If you clip the binder clip to the end of the warp thread, keeping it tightly positioned on the warping bar, it will allow you to get the tension you need on that final warp thread (ie., the same tension as all the rest).
To Begin Weaving
Cut a yard to four foot length of beading thread and temporarily tie the non-working end to the side bar of your loom. Then string up 19 beads following the pattern below, placing them behind and in between the warp threads. Push the bead to the top of the warp threads and sew through the top of the beads. Continue following the below pattern with just the copper and blue beads. At some point you can sew in the non-working tail, making sure to tie it around warp threads as you go to keep it stabilized. See the tutorial linked to below on starting and ending threads if you need more details on how to do this.
Trim the end.
Weave nineteen rows of the spiral (see the picture above). Once you’ve woven the final row of copper beads, start weaving just the left hand strap. At some point you can start weaving the identical strap on the right side. To end or start a thread, simply sew through a few beads, knot around a warp thread, etc. until the thread is firmly attached. For more on starting and ending threads, check out this tutorial here.
Continue weaving the two straps. You can follow my pattern, or just make your own up creating vertical stripes and boxes. At some point you want to add the purple (or whatever you third color is) beads to the mix. Have fun and be creative here! Update: Two of our amazing weave-along participants have made patterns for this. Dona’s pattern can be found here: (.pdf). Sheila’s can be found here: (.pdf) or (.xlsx). Thank you to both of you! (Have I ever mentioned what AMAZING customers we have? Ahh, so true!)
Once the piece gets too long to weave comfortably, release the side wing nuts and rotate your piece around the loom by slowly bringing the warping bar up the back of the loom. Once you’ve moved your piece down so you have enough room to weave comfortably, re-tighten your tension. You can see more clearly in the below picture the pattern I am weaving.
Weave 14 inches before you start reducing the width of the straps which you can see in below photo. Next week we will address how to do this and how to finish the piece!
You will receive another email next Sunday, April 26th.
Remember, a weave-along is a community event. Post pictures of your progress and ask questions on our Facebook Page, Ravelry Page or via email. We can’t wait to see the variety of pieces that you all make!