I love how easy it is to warp the Mirrix looms.
I’ve found that there are a few things that can make the process of attaching the heddles go quick as a wink.
Efficient is good! 🙂
The first thing that I do, after I release the warping bar from the blocks and turn them around, is to slide a piece of cardboard or masonite between the layers of warp strands at the front of the loom and the back of the loom.
It sits there, in the middle, blocking the distracting view of those warp strands at the back of the loom. 🙂
Then, I use a shed stick that is at least as long as the width of the loom to pick up every other warp strand.
Then, I flip the shed stick on it’s side, with each end being supported by the shedding device blocks.
I now have 2 layers of warp strands because of this shed being open.
So, to keep the back warp strands out of view, I slide a ruler or strip of cardboard into the open shed.
Bliss! Now, I just have one set of warp strands ready for the heddles- Yay!
This makes things sooooo much easier!
I like the center brass knob of the shed changer to be as close to the exact center of the warp strands.
So, I count how many strands I need to attach to the rod, and divide that in 1/2.
I place 1/2 the heddles on 2 of my fingers, and 1/2 on the other 2 fingers.
I loosen the heddle rod and slide it along so it’s about 2 inches/5 cm from the edge of the warp strands.
Then, I reach behind the warp strand with a crochet hook, pluck a heddle off my fingers, and pull it behind the warp strand.
I catch both ends of the heddle loop and pop them onto the heddle bar. Slide the bar along as you go.
When I run out of the the first clump of heddles, I should be half way along the warp strands.
I work across , picking up all the strands, and attaching them to the heddle bar, then tighten up the little nut that holds the heddle bar in place.
Remove the shed stick and ruler, then rotate the heddle bar, sliding the heddles down the warp strands.
Turn the shed opener enough so the heddles open your first shed.
Use the shed stick to pick up the warp strands that are between the warp strands that you have just heddled.
Turn it on it’s side, insert the ruler, and repeat the process.
Check to make sure that all the heddles are securely attached to the heddle rods.
When I was making the video, one little bounder escaped, which was actually a good thing.
This allowed me to show how to capture the escapee heddle and tie it back in place.
Remove the shed stick and ruler and check the sheds, then attach the handle or treadle and Voila!
You’re ready to weave!
Here’s the video:
Happy Weaving! 😀
6 responses to “Tips for quick and easy heddling on Mirrix looms”
So well written! I do have a question, about beading with a similar set up. Elena once instructed something about being sure the right heddle is done first, opposite to needing this set up for textiles. I am not totally clear on how to do either, but your instructions are so clear that I have to ask: “Would this described set up work just as well if I want to weave beads with the heddles and shedding device?”
I’m sorry, but I don’t do bead weaving, so I don’t have a clue about setting up the loom for beads…. I should have said that in the video, shouldn’t I? 😦
Maybe not. Your audience is more than likely heavier into textiles, but I just can’t help but take advantage of great directions! Thanks.
Thank you so much, Erin! 😀
Did you say anything in the video that you didn’t say in the post? the post and video are both awesome! just asking because I’m deaf 🙂
I hope that you are able to glean everything you need from the video and post, and I wish you very happy weaving! 🙂