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Started by Claudia Chase. Last reply by karen Oct 9, 2010.
Started by Claudia Chase. Last reply by Claudia Chase Jul 4, 2010.
I'm doing a watch band for a customer. I'm putting loomed pieces on both sides of the watch. The foundation is ultra suede. I don't have a lot of space for a fastener but want something nice. Suggestions, anyone?
No, theyare not floor mats. You purchase them at a framing (picture) shop. They might even give you scraps from something they have already framed. They are look something like a suede, but are cardboard backed. I got mine from a local frame shop that gave me the pieces from mats they had cut for a picture they had framed.
Hari, we all end up with our own way to putting colors out to work with. I use a large piece of flocked picture mat. This keeps the beads from rolling around but they don't sink into it like the regular bead mats. The nap is low enough to put sticky labels (I use cut up address labels). Usually, I put them all out in numerical order except for the background color (if there is one). I did one with 185 colors and used two mats. One with the most common colors and one, to the side, with those that had less than 50 beads. Keeping them in numerical order really helps to find the bead you need.
Phew, a very individual solution will need to happen for you, however I am happy to contribute some ideas. The last tapestry I did was only 8x8, however it asked for (and since I had them all) 450+ colors, so sort of a nightmare layout problem.
I took my BCP pattern and pulled all my flip tops and seeing 450 of them made me realize that this was not workable going strictly by quantity or by number. After pondering I roughly sorted them into the following... Any color requesting a small quantity I put that quantity into a 1.5x1.5 zippie with the color number on it and stacked them numerically in a box that had separate compartments.
Then I put the rest of the colors into groups.......the background was all shades of green and there was some background in every row, so easy to make up that group. The thistle was shades of purple and lavender, so another easy group, but one that was "used up" quickly as the thistle was only on the bottom of the picture. If you want, send me your e-mail addy and I'll send you pics of the arrangement.......it's bizarre enough that I took pictures of them all before I started.
Other than the small quantities, all the other colors were left in the flip tops and those colors that kept reappearing throughout the picture got dumped into small piles on my bead mat as I went along. It sounds like it would be tedious, but was the only way to work with that many colors.
Bummer that your OTT didn't work........that will give you more time to work on your pattern and think about how many individual colors and how you will work with them. My next tapestry is only about 75 colors and almost all the background is light blue, so it will be much easier. Hope this helps to give you ideas. Donna
Hari, I have two OTT lights, the smaller desktop units. Since looming seems to mean I am more spread out on my work surface, I keep one lamp shining on my actual work and the other on my BCP pattern. I have a window but if it is not real light out it contributes nothing. In the middle of winter I have other lamps in the room that might be on also, but they don't contribute directly to aid me in looming.
My first OTT lamp is now very senior in age and was very new when I got it and cost me the better part of $100, now they are popular and you can get them at JoAnn Fabrics and sometimes with a coupon for even more off. They also carry the replacement bulbs. The bulbs last a very long time.
Some of the other "daylight" lamps are NOT a good deal, as they do not show the true colors. If you are considering another lamp, take something with you that you have had outdoors and know the color, then compare. There is nothing worse than not seeing the right colors for a loom project. Donna
Larger pieces are always easier to loom if you use the heddles. I use a very long needle (6") and put all my beads for each row on the needle and place them between the warp threads. It takes some getting used to and the first row is always the hardest (whether or not you're using heddles). For a 35 bead piece, I probably wouldn't use the heddles (then again, I just had to "fix" a bracelet that I missed warp threads on when not using the heddles). The nice thing about the heddles is that you can't miss a warp thread. If the pieces isn't as wide as the needle is long, it is easy to manipulate the beads between the warp threads while still on the needle, otherwise just string all the beads and work them in. I generally use heddles when working on very wide pieces (144 beads on my last wide piece).
I was chosen to participate in the Social market for a Mirrix! *pauses briefly to jump excitedly* I'm loving it so far. The warping is easier than what I expected - after hearing about it from others!
Hoping to get some nice projects on the loom soon.
I've had my looms 8, 12, &16 since shortly after they were profiled in Beadwork magazine...10 or so years ago. Claudia and her brilliant design saved me from having to give up bead weaving due to disability. In fact they were so new no one in my area had them for sale. Claudia was good enough to invite me to her home to buy my first one...an experience I cherish.
All that being said, I have a dear friend who also has a disability and is looking to buy a used 8 or 12 inch Mirrix. If anyone has a lead on these please let me know.
Thanks and happy weaving!
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