Saturday, June 16, 2012

Weave-Along 7, Day One: Silk and Bead Purse

Welcome to Mirrix's 7th Weave-Along! 






The first step to weaving this fiber and bead purse is to decide how big you want your purse to be. 


My piece will be just big enough to fit an iPhone and a few credit cards. If you are making this piece for another phone or for something else, you may want to make your piece a different size. 


For example, if you plan to use this for a different sized phone, measure the width of the phone and add another inch to the width of the piece.


Then, measure the height of the phone, double that, add an inch and then add two and a half inches for the flap or whatever you decide you want your flap to be.


If your phone is 3 inches wide and 5 inches tall your piece would be 4 inches wide and 13.5 inches tall including the flap. 


When you warp there should be about 10 warps in one inch. (So if your piece is 4 inches wide, you'd warp 40 warps across.)


My piece is warped 40 warps wide using a ten-dent spring. If you are using a twelve dent spring, you will warp the same amount of warps across but when you have finished warping you will loosen your tension slightly, spread your spring out where your piece is (until there are ten spaces in an inch instead of twelve) and then put tension back on the loom. This will make the twelve-dent coil act like a ten-dent coil. 


My piece will be thirteen inches long (including the flap). To accommodate this, the loom is set at about 14 inches high (measure from the bottom of one beam to the top of the other).

Now that you've figured out how wide and long your piece will be, it's time to begin warping!

Have you never warped before? Don't worry, it's easy!

For this project we will warp for tapestry with the shedding device. We have detailed warping  instructions here: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/images/warpinginstructions/tapestry.pdf. 

If you have any questions about how wide or long your piece should be or how to do any of these steps, just ask us! Email claudia@mirrixlooms.com or elena@mirrixlooms.com.







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