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I am the owner of Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms ( and an avid tapestry and bead weaver, among other things. Needless to say, I love my job!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

No Warps to Finish Bead Weaving

I have had this idea in my head for a very long time and a bunch of you have been patiently waiting for me to finally give it up, figure it out, take pictures, post it and finally make the kit to make it happen.  Today, after Elena asked me for about the 30th time to do this, I finally went down to the tool room, cut up some metal bars, dashed upstairs, found some other stuff I needed (including paper clips) and warped up an eight inch loom.  Now why didn't I just do this weeks (months?) ago?  It was so easy I almost cried.  I guess it was the lack of the correct size bars that was stopping me, but there is nothing a hacksaw can't do to correct reality.

It works!  I mean it really works!  And once you've set up your loom for, let's say, a certain size bracelet, you can leave everything in place and just start mass producing them.  I am serious.  But why believe my words when I've got photographs to prove it.

This is how it works.  The kit will include two thin stainless steel metal bars the weaving width of the loom.  That fun texslov cord will be provided.  You attach this very much the way you attach the extra warping bar kit.  I wanted to make a short piece so the bars are in the front of the loom.  By the way, you do not put in a spring.  It will have no function.  The bars are so thin that they slip into the ladder like holes of the thin metal bars.  But before you slip the bars inside the cords and wrap around the loom, you might want to slip some small paperclips onto the bars.  That's right, small paperclips (we will include them with the kit as well).

Put on as many as you need or more than you'll need in case you want to weave a second wider piece.  In any case, it's easy to slip on the clips even after you've put the bars on the loom.  I know because I forgot to put them on first!

To warp all you do is tie to the bottom of one clips, slip the warp through a clip on the opposite bar (by just sliding through the clip opening), then back through a clip on the other bar.  Go back and forth until you have as many warps as you need.  Tie off on the bottom of the last clips.

Start weaving at the top of the bottom clips.  Weave until the very bottom of the top clips.  Untie the warp from the two side clips.  Release the tension on the loom.  Remove the the piece from the clips.  Sew the two warp ends into your piece.  You are done!  That's it.  Just as easy to finish as peyote or any other off loom stitch.  



Denise Prince said...

wow! that sounds SO easy!

Chris said...

Claudia, this is awesome!! I'm putting it on my list to discuss on Beadwork when I get to my upcoming loom work series. I'll link back when I do.

Susan said...

OMG!!!! That makes perfect sense! Thanks for the pics or I would have made it more difficult because it is so simple. Once again with Mirrix Looms "Less is More".

RoMa said...

Claudia, I have two questions....first would this work for very wide pieces? My last piece was a Delica bead tapestry that was 218 beads across....and second, every piece I do is different. How exact must you be as far as the length of the piece to make this work? I can see it working for bracelets and small pieces...just not sure for something longer. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I was also wondering how exact you need to be - I make bracelets but even using the same type of beads you can vary a bit.

Syne Mitchell said...

Very cool!

Marilynn A. Bever said...

CLAUDIA - When the LIGHT shines on our "Marble Heads" we BEAM everywhere! THANKS for a VERY Clever Solution to BRACELET / Neck-strap Weaving and using my MIRRIX. I knew there had to be a Good Reason for me to "hoard" my Mirrix Loom & Kits. BLESSINGS upon your GENIUS. You've just EXPANDED my Design Repertoire! Can't wait until NOV Weave-Along.

Karen Firnberg said...

Yay! I hate weaving in all of those warp threads. I'm going to give this a try VERY soon!

trillium said...

This is the same principle that is used when weaving on a Navajo loom. There are no warp ends to finish. The rug or tapestry is completed on all sides automatically.