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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Christmas Balling Pendant Class & Kit

 Christmas Balling Class and Kit. Please visit Etsy for details and sign up information, 

 As stated in the listing details, a Loomette Maxi is necessary for this class. They can be purchased from a shop on Etsy too, 

Search the post in this blog for why a Loomette will be a thrill to weave and create 3D accents.

Also offered, in this class, is an option to weave a pendant with a 3D Dreidel! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Does being Left or Right Handed matter, when bead loom weaving?

I am right handed. However, I do know the struggle of 'left handers'. I actually tell my students, "Left hand bead weavers are the smartest! They have to think through the instructions to decide if it matters whether they weave it as a "Lefty" or "Backwards, as a Right Handed Weaver". There are times when the techniques I offer really do matter. When weaving words, for instance, or techniques offered that require a specific turn of a 'weft', when wrapped around the outer warp. This up coming class, (Sept 7th & 8th, at Blue Santa Beads in Media PA), is one of those classes that will offer why the weft-direction is an important technique-aspect. Therefore, I will be handing out a Left & a Right Hand Version. So Lefties, if you are attending....release yourself! 🤪 Contact the store for availability 610-892-2740.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Learning 2 Forms of Warp Management in my 2 Day Class!

The class following the Smocked Cuff Class (at Blue Santa Beads, Media PA on Saturday Sept 7), is a two day class where we will be making this "3D Quiet Snowfall Pendant", on the Loomette and Cuff Loom! This class will share two forms of warp management, offering much more to weaving on a loom. 3D layering is also a lesson that can't be left out of weaving, in 2D form! 
Contact Blue Santa Beads for availability 610-892-2847.
 The classes are being held on Sunday September 8 and Monday September 9, 2019.

"Quiet Snowfall Pendant" also includes a Cardinal.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Smocked Cuff Class!!

This is always a great class! Everyone leaves wearing their newly woven "Smocked Cuff". Pre-kits are sent, one month prior, using any loom the weaver wants, (email Erin with questions about your loom choice). Every student arrives, and instruction begins, on the Smocking process. The only class confirmed, to create this Smocked Cuff, on the Loom, is at Blue Santa Beads, in Media PA, Saturday, September 7, 2019. Call the store (610) 940-9030, for availability and color choice options! 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

All That Glitters Bead Loom Class

Blue Santa Beads, in Media PA, is a great store and offers some of the best supply selection around! They invited me to teach a Three Day Class, May 4th, 5th, 6th, and can't wait. 

The cuff and bracelets are the subject of the class, meaning the project can be as wide or thin, as a bracelet, as the student desires. This is an Advanced Bead Loom Weaving Class, meaning the Students should be versed in bead weaving stitches.
Loom weaving knowledge is not necessary, but helpful. 

Our class projects will be completed in Silver, with choices of crystal colors. Here is a sample of a Silver version, with Garnet.

The color selections available are
Jet, Olivine, Peridot AB, Sapphire or Light Sapphire.

Please contact the store, 610-892-2740
for availability. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Keeping Up With New Design Ideas

I love to be in the "zone', or as they say now-a-days, in the "flow". There are two in the works, for me, right now, bouncing around design ideas as I go.

It is so exciting to start something you have in mind. We all feel this excitement, when that creative idea strikes. So, I am set up in my favorite spot to see where this one takes me.

My other design is on it's way, knowing how it will finish. Carrots will be the head line, but so much more to share yet!
Also, notice weaving on a loom does not necessarily require a straight edge or block. Designing a different edge shape takes a bit of forethought when designing. I also used the E-Loomette (sold in my Etsy Shop or classes) to Wane the Warps.

Pendants are fast and easy to weave. Creating patterns are more enjoyable to, in such a larger shape.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Joining Loom Woven Panels Together, Vertically

Weaving on a loom creates a ‘line by line’ row of selected beads, designing a graphic or image. But it is also necessary to consider the threads, i.e., types, weights, tension and how the thread (weft) lays, during the weaving process.

In this adaptation, “Creating a wider woven panel by zipping two together, vertically.”, it is necessary to consider how the weft is posed, during the weaving process.

Progressing row by row, the weft lays differently on each edge, of each row.

No matter if you are left handed or right handed, the weft ‘progresses’ to the next row of weave and lays diagonal around the outer warp. This is a progression which will be consistent the entire same edge, as the weft is loaded with beads, then placed to weave the next design row, in line. (Shown Right)

The ‘return weave’ is the time your weft is brought up over the opposite outer warp and run back through the same row. This forces the weft to ‘wrap around’ the outer warp, creating a small thread turn. (Shown Right)

Thread turns, (weft around the outer warps), are necessary to consider for a seamless vertical panel connection. Keep this in mind, as you read further details below.

When designing your large bead woven tapestry, cut the total design picture in half. Weave each panel, (considering a further important tip below), so when completed, the two halves will meet with the ‘return weft’ side recreating the entire tapestry design. (Continue reading before you begin designing these two panels.)
To accomplish this proper arrangement, it will be necessary to weave one of the panels “backwards”, or mirror the one panel design. When woven and removed, from the loom, flip the ‘mirrored’ panel over, to realize the total correct pattern.

Depending on whether you weave right handed or left handed, the right or left panel will be mirrored. Right hand weavers recreate the right panel “mirrored”. Left hand weavers, vice-versa.

Noticing the weaving process up close again, it is obvious there is only one warp running between each two beads woven. Therefore, this also must be considered when matching up two panels, recreating one total design. If two panels are matched up directly, after removal from the loom, there will be a definite line of ‘two warps’ running together where the panels match up. This ‘double warp’ line is very obvious and not consistent with the overall weave.

To eliminate the double warp, during the match-up process, design your pattern to add a bead while matching up the two panels. This additional bead will also be part of your final design, but obviously missing during the weaving process. The extra added bead, will eliminate two warps being side-by-side and also be used to absorb the ‘weft return thread’, along both warp edges.

Securely match up the panels, adding the bead to complete the design. While sewing, be sure to only return through each row “above” the existing end warp. Doing so forces the added bead to lay on the same plain as the woven beads. It will also be necessary to sew again on the ‘back’ of the two panels, above the warp on the back. You have now recreated the same weft number and angle, on this added bead, as you did with the rows you originally wove: Two wefts running inside each bead, one above the warp, one below. (Read further to consider the thread turns, while adding this bead.)

Following row by row, while securing the added bead and the two panels, it is very important to consider your thread turns. Turns can be very obvious, if not fully considered.

One way to hide them is to stagger their placement between each row. (Notice the green arcs in the picture on the left.)

Another way to consider these thread turns is to make them in areas similar to the color thread you will be using to secure the panels. If using a white thread, consider turning in areas of white beads. If using a darker thread, consider turning in areas of darker beads. Also, consider to stagger these turns as well.

There are many reasons to consider the weft turns, either to connect panels, or add an ‘off the edge’ design to any cuff or pendant. The weft turns are also important to consider for weaving particular beads and threads. (Much more to discuss!)

Therefore, realize ‘all’ supplies, for weaving on the loom, and how they play out in your final weave, not just the beads being woven.