Macrame has been on my radar recently as it is experiencing a resurgence similar to tapestry. Yesterday, I came across a video showing some macrame techniques. The piece shown was being made while it was hanging on a wall and the bar it was on kept tilting back and forth. I realized as I watched that if you wanted more stability, you could make a macrame piece on a Mirrix loom’s warping bar held between the wooden clips.
I decided to give it a try and had some macrame cord sent to me same-day. I have no patience when there’s a new project to be made!
This morning (the cord didn’t arrive until pretty late last night) I spent some time looking at macrame tutorials and then set off to make a basic piece. The wooden clips were, as I suspected, perfect for holding the warping bar firmly in place. But as I knotted away, I realized even more advantages to knotting macrame on a Mirrix Loom.
I wove this piece on my 12″ Little Guy Loom. As I began to knot down, I realized I needed more length. Because a Mirrix is adjustable in height, that was easy.
As I got closer bottom of the loom. I thought, “I wish I could advance my weaving like you can a tapestry.” And then I realized, you CAN. I moved my warping bar and clips down a bit and swung the piece over the top beam. As I wove I could keep moving the bar down, which gave me more knotting space on the front of the loom.
To finish the piece, I replaced the warping bar with a stick and hung it on a wall.
Later, I made another macrame piece with a few little bits of tapestry in it. I did the woven parts by tying the ends to the bottom beam of the loom and tightening the tension on the loom.
I’m no macrame expert (as I’m sure you can tell), but I may just be onto something here!
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If you can tie your shoes, you can make this clasp!
Greetings Weaving Friends!!! As promised, I am posting the instructions for the macrame finishing of my Magical Mosaic Cuff. You can do this using a simple square knot. It really isn’t difficult. As I have mentioned before, experimenting with 20 lb hemp warp cords was fun and rewarding. Visible and bold warps are a colorful way to add another dimension to your bead weaving on the loom. The durability, lack of stretch, and array of colors makes hemp a very nice scaffold for heavy beads and the large button. (If you are looking for a source for hemp click here). Czech glass buttons are a stunning way to accent your bracelet – and functional as well. (Here’s a source for my buttons).
In pictures, here’s what you do to create the clasp….
GREETINGS WEAVING FRIENDS!!!
It has taken me three weeks to go from my last post – the start of this bracelet – to completing the project. The idea for this bracelet actually began during the summer with my free form experiment. You might remember the picture at right from my August 1st post. You can see how the free form evolved into the more structured Magical Mosaic Bracelet.
Each day for the last 3 weeks I have felt “close” to what I wanted to achieve. I don’t know where the solutions will be found, so I just trust my creative process to guide me. I’d like to share that process with you here.
In the free form experiment I liked certain elements that I wanted to develop: 1. A larger center line, 2. A mix of small and large beads, 3. Visible warp cords that add to the aesthetics and bolster the design, 4. Cuff-like.
Some aspects I found jarring and unpleasing: 1. There was a lack of unified structure, 2. The center which drew the eye was too bland, and 3. The proportions of the small 11/0 delicas and larger 6 mm tiles did not work in the current arrangement, and 4. The piece seemed unwieldy and “out of control” (somewhat related to #1, but not entirely.) And then there was the question of the clasp …which took on a struggle of its own later in the process.
Because of all that I liked, I stayed with the middle line tiles, but added another element – the 6 mm bead stud, for more interest. There is contrast both with shape and with the color / finish. I kept the tiny delica beads, and the tiles and then added other sized beads to bridge the gap between these extremes; there are also 8/0 delicas, more 3 mm fire polish, and bricks (which are “half tiles”). My experiment with Hemp cord (see Oct 16th post), was the perfect solution to the lack of structure. It appears to scaffold the beads visually, and it does so mechanically as well, giving the bracelet a secure feeling of easy wear despite the larger heavier beads.
Hemp warp cords (20lb weight), cannot be woven into the beads for finishing. Instead, I used macrame and braiding to work out a clasp. I knotted a beautiful Czech hand painted glass button to the short end (warp bar end) using square knots. To the left, in the blue bracelet, you can see my first attempt at a button loop. With 6 warp cords, 2 braids seemed a natural choice. But you can see in the pic at right that it leaves the bracelet asymmetrical. (Contrast the blue bracelet with the brown and teal)
Eventually, after playing around with failures, I decided to give a shot at a square knot button loop. And that allowed the symmetry you see in the the brown and teal bracelet.
Tah Dah! Relief! Joy!
I love the blue bracelet. I will be remaking that with the new and improved clasp. My next task is creating a tutorial, class, and kits for my Magical Mosaic Bracelet. Meanwhile, as you may have noticed, my sweet dog has been waiting for me to re-emerge from behind the loom.
‘Til next time…. Be Well and Weave On!
Julia L. Hecht