WITH THE SHEDDING DEVICE
• CHAPTER 1 •
COMBINING BEADS AND FIBER WITH THE
Once you learn to combine beads and fiber, your
weaving possibilities are endless. With a shedding
device and the right warp spacing, this is easy to do!
For this tutorial, we will be weaving with C-Lon cord as
warp, 8/0 beads and a ten dent spring.
First, warp your loom for tapestry with the shedding
device. You can find these warping instructions here:
What do you need? A Mirrix Loom with shedding device
and the warping bar, clips and spring bar that came with
the loom, a ten-dent spring (this does not come with any
loom), heddles, C-Lon cord, beading thread, a needle, a
pair of scissors, size 8/0 beads, silk or perle cotton.
Begin by engaging your shedding
device, either by moving your
handle towards the top or the
bottom of the loom and hooking
it behind the copper bar
Begin by weaving a header
using the same thread you
used as your warp. Weave
through your warp threads
leaving a tail facing the back of
the your piece. Then, change
the position of the shedding
device and weave through in
the other direction. 2
Continue doing this, weaving
between the warp threads and
changing your shed after each
pass through. Now, you're ready to add color! Weave the same way you wove
your header. Start your thread in
the middle of the piece and bring
the end to the back to deal with
Keep weaving in this way.
Thread some beading thread onto
a needle and tie the ends to make
a loop. Put your warp thread
(here, my red silk) through
the loop of bead thread
String one fewer bead than the
number of warp threads you have
onto your needle. (So if I have five
warp threads, I would use four
Push your beads onto the silk.
Place your beads between the
warp threads, weaving them in
the same way you weave in your
Push the beads down between the
Continue to weave with the fiber.
Continue weaving, alternating
beads and fiber as you go!