To shed or not to shed
Sometimes you just want to weave slowly, picking warp threads with a needle as you go. For very thin pieces, this works just fine. It can be very meditative.
But most of the time, when weaving tapestry, picking each warp as you go can get tedious and very time consuming, especially with wider pieces. For this reason, even the very first Mirrix Loom was designed with a shedding device. The word “shedding device” is derived from the word “shed” which means the space between lowered and raised warps. It raises the threads for you so rather than have to weave under and over warp threads with a needle, you can simply engage the shedding device and raise every other thread all at once. The shedding device is attached to the warp threads with heddles, which wrap around the individual warp threads and are hooked onto one of the two bars on the shedding device.
The shedding device is so popular that we even developed one for the eight inch loom which originally was intended to be a dedicated beading loom. We had so many requests for a shedding device for that loom, that finally we went back to the drawing board and developed one just for her.
The shedding device can be used for bead weaving as well and for wider pieces it makes beading weaving a whole lot faster than not using the shedding device. Additionally, you can add a second shedding device to create more a more complicated weaving structure.
All of the Mirrix Looms with the exception of the MiniMirrix are available with a shedding device. The eight inch and twelve inch looms can be ordered without the shedding device, but the shedding device is always available as an add-on.
And if you are really into speed, you can replace the handle of the shedding device with an electric foot treadle which means you don’t have to remove your hands from the weaving when changing the shed.
To shed or not to shed? Do you want to walk or run? In either case, it’s nice to have both options available!
Tell us which method you prefer in the comments!
Need a loom? The 16″ Big Sister with the shedding device is our most popular loom for tapestry weaving.