Welcome to the last week of our Blue Hibiscus Bracelet Weave-Along!
How did beginning to weave go last week?
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After you’ve finished weaving your last row of crystals, it’s time to get rid of that beading thread because you won’t need it anymore.
Wrap your beading thread around the left side warp thread and make a knot.
Sew through the crystal below and make another knot on the right side. Continue this pattern a few more times.
Trim the beading thread tail.
I’ve added some more silk weft on the left in order to finish that final bit of silk weaving.
Weave up the silk on both sides until you are even with the top of the crystals. Try keeping that last inch as close to 5/8th of inch as possible. Weave with just one of the silk wefts for about an inch.
Finished weaving the silk weft.
Weave a few rows of the warp thread to form a header.
Trim the beginning of the warp thread.
Sew the end of the warp thread through the header to secure it.
I’ve sewn through mine in two directions.
Remove your piece from the loom. You can do this by releasing the tension on the loom and slipping out the warping bar. Or if you decide to cut it off the loom, make sure you have at least four inches of exposed warp thread in order to tie over-hand knots. Weight the end of your piece with something heavy like a canon ball so you can easily tie knots without the piece squirming around too much.
Tie a square knot with two side warps.
Tie an overhand knot with those two warps. In order to get that knot to sit right at the edge of the piece, stick a needle in the loop and push it toward the edge of the piece.
Do the same with the warps on the other side and then continue to do so with all the interior pairs of warps.
This is how it look should look!
Trim the warp ends.
Fold over the ends to determine what will fit your wrist best. Try it on your wrist and calculate the length of the clasp in between. You want it to be snug, but not too tight.
This is the back side. Fold the end so that the warp thread ends are buried underneath.
Sew the flap down along the first edge, the bottom and the last edge.
Next fold down the other edge. The only difference is you will only sew half way down the edges so that the clasp can be inserted in the resulting tube. Here I’ve tested the tube to make sure there is room for the clasp.
Tie a knot at the edge of the piece.
Bring the tail through the weaving and trim.
You are done. Wonderful!!!
And you’re done!
For your second piece put on only eight warps on your loom for a slightly thinner piece.
When you’re done, email a picture of your finished bracelet to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature your work in a future blog post!