Warping for Bead Weaving With the Shedding Device and Two Colors of Thread
If you’ve woven with the shedding device on a Mirrix Loom, you know how fun and easy it can be. Instead of sewing your beads onto your warp threads (what we refer to as the “traditional method” of bead weaving), you use the shedding device to make a space between two layers of warp threads where you then place your beads.
The shedding device is connected to the warp threads with circles of cord or string called “heddles”.
One problem people have when warping for weaving using this method is that it can be hard to see clearly which warp thread you should be putting a heddle on. An easy solution is to warp with two different colored warp threads.
The best way we’ve found to do this is to warp with two different colors of thread at the same time time (rather than going through and warping twice with different colored thread).
To do this you can place two bobbins of thread on a thick needle (like a tapestry needle) so they spin freely and warp with those.
Of course, you all always come up with your own cleverer solutions! Below are some pictures of customer Trish Warr’s ingenious way of warping with two colors of thread! Trish said,
“One zip tie through the bobbin holes to act as a spool and one looped to form a little handle. They spin freely enough to easily unspool, but not so much that thread ends up everywhere when I toss them under or over warp bars or top and bottom bars. It’s working beautifully for me! Cheap, simple and functional.”
We can’t wait to use this method next time we warp for bead weaving with the shedding device. We hope you try it, too! What other tips and tricks do you have for warping for bead weaving with the shedding device?
Tell us in the comments!
(Images courtesy of Trish Warr)