I was suddenly struck by the thought of weaving beads that aren’t round and have more than on hole. I waited patiently for my stash of Czech Beads to arrive. I wanted to discover whether or not I could successfully use oddly shaped beads and/or two hole beads on the loom. My theory is you can weave pieces on a loom that look pieces that are done off loom. Additionally, I have been experimenting with embellishing weavings that are still on the loom. I find all this is kinder to my hands since the loom holds the tension, not my hands.
Here are some of the results (I will show you the stash later!)
This one was woven from Chzech-mate flat two hole squares and duos (used for embellishing the sides). The warp is hand-painted silk. The finishing beads are porcelain and the button is a pewter leaf shape with a silk-covered O-ring for closure.
This one is way more complicated. I used every two hole Czech bead I bought including these amazing daggers, the squares, and rectangles, the duos, triangle beads and disc beads. I also threw in a few size 8/0 beads . The warp is hand-painted silk and the finishing beads are porcelain.
The final piece is very simple: Mainly Czech duos with some two hole rectangles. It wraps four times or can be worn as a necklace.
Now for some pictures of these great beads. I’ll just show you a few although a great mix of these beads will be shortly available in the Mirrix Store.
Now I will show you some in progress shots of the above three bracelets. Let’s start with the square bead bracelet. Each of those beads has two holes. Pass your threaded needle through the bottom holes of each bead. Place behind and in between the warp threads. Sew through the holes in the front of the warp. Then push the beads back slight so you can sew through the top holes in the back of the warp. Lastly, sew through those holes in the front of the warp. Continue attaching square beads until your piece is as long as you want.
I love the finishes off these beads. Just so rich and varied.
Use the Czech duos to embellish the sides of this bracelet:
Embellish both sides while still on the loom. I really love the finished piece. So simple to do yet so elegant.
The next piece was an experiment in being just a tad wild. I intended (and did) to use every new Czech bead in my stash including those amazing daggers with the exclusion of the square beads since they are too big to mix easily with the others. I seem to have neglected to take photos in process. But this piece will be the subject of our next ebook so stay tuned! The piece is three beads across. Sometimes I stagger the rectangular beads and I always stagger the Duos because they fit together that way. The daggers were just so much fun to add. The triangles and discs added a nice touch as well.
The third piece is two bead wide and uses only the Czech duos and the rectangles. It was fun and mindless to weave.
My last experiment was using soft flex. The whole process was quite successful until I tried to finish it. I made a bunch of mistakes so you don’t get to see the final product. Next on my list is to weave another piece using the no warps to weave in kit and bronze colored soft flex wire. I will be more careful with my finishing. I had tried to put on end caps and broke a some beads. I can do better than that! It would have been really nice and the soft flex was wonderful to work with.