Weave-Along 31: The Sunny Bracelet

the sunny bracelet

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What’s a weave along? 
A weave-along is a free online course. We will lead participants through a project woven on a loom. Every Sunday participants will get an email with links to instructions for the week ahead that might include downloadable PDFs, online written content and/or videos. This is not a live event, but does take place over a specific time frame so participants are all working on the same part of the project at generally the same time. Weave-along participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with other members of the weave-along via email and social media sites including the Mirrix Facebook PageMirrix Facebook Group and Mirrix Ravelry Page. This is a community event!

What Is This Weave-Along?
During weave-along 31 participants will learn how to make a stunning Sunny Bracelet on a Mirrix loom with a shedding device. This bracelet is made with beads, gold-plated crystals and finished with a gorgeous beadslide clasp.  

What skills will  participants learn?
-How to warp a Mirrix loom for bead weaving with the shedding device
-How to weave a bracelet with beads and crystals using a shedding device
-How to finish a bracelet using a beadslide claps

Want to learn more about weaving beads with a shedding device? Click here
What IS a shedding device? Click here.

When will this weave-along take place?
Week of May 16th: Warping
Week of May 23rd: Weaving
Week of May 30th: Finishing

Why is this project called "The Sunny Bracelet"?
This beautiful bracelet made of gold-plated crystals and Delica beads is named after a very special member of the team at Mirrix manufacturing: Sunny the dog. She is the guide dog of Everett, one of our floor managers.

sunny and everett

In March of 2022 Everett and Sunny will be hiking the Appalachian Trail and are fundraising for their trip, with the  money raised going to funding their trip and a donation to Guiding Eyes for the Blind. If you so desire, you can choose to donate $5 to this cause when you purchase a Sunny Bracelet Kit

Everett says:

“After losing most of my sight in 2014, Sunny and I became a team in October 2018 at Guiding Eyes for the Blind located in Yorktown Heights, New York.

(Why the 4 year wait to get a Guide Dog? Well, the time was spent recovering from two brain surgeries and learning how to walk again.)

Sunny and I look forward to each new day we spend at Mirrix Looms, and appreciate the opportunity to make the best looms on the market! Did I mention that Mirrix is a fun company to work for?...You’ll see what I mean with several upcoming surprises! 

Starting March 2022, Sunny & I will be setting out on a six month long grand adventure hiking the entire 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine! We want to prove to ourselves and show the world that people with disabilities can accomplish their dreams. 

We have decided to donate 50% of any and all fundraising proceeds to Guiding Eyes for the Blind. The other half will be used to help fund our adventure.”

What you need to make this bracelet:
-A Mirrix Loom (we recommend an 8" Lani Loom or 12" Little Guy Loomwith a shedding device. You will need a 14 dent coil, which comes with most Mirrix looms.

Note: This project can be done on a Mirrix without a shedding device, but the weave-along will teach you how to warp or weave on a Mirrix with a shedding device.

If you do not yet have a Mirrix loom, we recommend this loom package with an 8" or 12" Loom. Make sure to choose the package option WITH the shedding device. This package also comes with a Bottom Spring Kit with a 14 dent coil, which we recommend for this project. 

If you already have a Mirrix loom with a shedding device, any size will all work, although the larger looms are going to be a little clunky to weave a bracelet on and you will likely waste a lot of warp unless you have an Extra Warping Bar Kit or want to weave multiple bracelets on the same warp.) If you do decide to weave this bracelet on a larger loom, you may want to pick up some extra C-Lon thread for warp in case you run out.

If you already have a Mirrix loom but no shedding device, you can purchase a shedding device here. Be sure to choose the "no clips" option if your loom has large wooden clips already (which it should, unless you have a much older loom).

-A Bottom Spring Kit with a 14 dent warp coil. (This is not required, but highly recommended.) If you purchase the loom package recommended above, this comes with that package.)  

If you do not have a Bottom Spring Kit you can purchase one with a 14 dent coil (used in this project) here or this one with four warp coils that match the coils that come with any regular Mirrix loom with a shedding device here

If you have a Bottom Spring Kit but no 14 dent coil for it, you can purchase one here.

-Heddles You can purchase pre-made heddles or make your own. (These are used with the shedding device.)

-A beading needle (we love Tulip Bead Weaving Needles)

-A good pair of scissors (we love these Xuron Precision Micro-Tip Scissors and these Fiskars Softgrip Micro-Tip Scissors

-A bead mat (A piece of thick cloth also works to hold your beads) 

-A ruler or measuring tape

-The Sunny Bracelet Kit (on pre-order now)

the sunny bracelet

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