Sunday, September 25, 2011

Welcome to the 2nd Mirrix Weave-Along






Welcome to the Mirrix Weave-Along!

The Mirrix Weave-Along 2 officially begins today! We will start warping next week, but wanted to take this opportunity to work out any kinks and make sure everyone is prepared for warping.
The Schedule:
Week One: October 2nd- October 8th
Loom set-up, Warping, weaving header

Week Two: October 9th- October 15th
Beginning weaving, adding beads, design techniques

Week Three: October 16th- October 23rd
Weaving techniques, tips and tricks

Week Four: October 23rd- October 29th
Finishing weaving, cutting off the loom, finishing the cuff

What you need:
-A Mirrix Loom (preferably size 12 or larger with a shedding device) and all that comes with one.
-A twelve-dent  spring (this comes with your Mirrix loom). A twelve-dent spring means that there are twelve dents (spaces in the warp coil) in an inch when on the loom.
-An elegant cuff bracelet kit or a wedding cuff bracelet kit (or similar materials)
The kits contain the following:-Brass cuff one inch wide-C-Lon Cord size 135-14k gold thread on a silk core, white or black silk thread-8/0 and 11/0 seed beads for weaving and embellishment-ultra-suede-Heddles (these can be purchased in the Mirrix Storeor you can make them yourself)
To make them yourself: You will need to make as many individual heddles as there will be warps in your weaving.  These heddles (as well as the Mirrix heddles you can buy) will be reusable.  The thinner and stronger the string you use, the better.  For bead weavers, cotton quilting or beading thread works great.  For tapestry weavers, cotton crochet thread, linen warp or single-ply cotton warp works well.Nail two finishing nails into a piece of wood three and one-eight inches apart.  You will use this little tool to tie your warps.  Cut ten inch lengths of your heddle material, one for each heddle you will make.  Tie them around the nails, using an overhand knot to secure the ends.  In order to get that knot to sit right next to the nail, slip a needle into the knot before it is pulled tight and push the knot toward the nail.  Then tighten it.  Trim off the ends of the heddles to within a quarter of an inch of the knot.-A pair of scissors-A bead mat (optional)-A needle (or needles) -Glue that can bond fabric to metal. These types of glue are available through craft outlets. You will only need this for finishing your cuff. -A Phillips head screw driver IF you have wooden clips
Set-Up:
How you want to set up your work space is up to you, but we suggest finding a flat surface and organizing everything you will need to warp the loom and begin weaving. Swing out the two (or one if you are using an 8" loom) legs under the loom and place it on a flat surface.

Make sure your loom is at a height so you have about 2" of threaded rod showing on each side. Measure to make sure the loom is even. We suggest if you are using a size 12" loom or larger that you put your weaving on the left or right side of the loom. You will need some kind of string to tie around the warping bar on the opposite side of where you will put your piece. You will do this after you have warped your loom. It will help to stabilize the warping bar. The reason you don't put it in the middle of the loom is, because it is such a thin piece, it is difficult to balance the bar. You may want to warp the loom on both sides and make another piece on the other side at a later date. For example, you could warp the other side 10 warps wide and make a little purse.
How to Participate, the social aspect
Participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with other members of the weave-along via email and social media sites including posts on the "A Word From Elena" blog, the Mirrix Facebook Page, the Mirrix Facebook Group, the Mirrix Ravelry Pageand on Twitter! This is a community event. One of the greatest benefits of doing this weave-along is engaging with others who are doing the same thing. Of course we will moderate and answer questions, but we hope you will all help the conversation along and post pictures and updates of your projects.
Remember, if you have any problems you can alwaysemail us directly.
A Prize! We've partnered with OttLite, the premier crafting light company, and one lucky participant (we will randomly select one person who participates weekly by posting comments, questions and pictures) will win an OttLite Floor Lamp, the very same one Mirrix President Claudia Chase has owned for years. 
Thank you for being a part of this, we can't wait for next week!
Elena Zuyok & Claudia Chase
Mirrix Looms


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