The piece is completely flat. There is a tiny loop of extra thread where the paperclip was inserted. This turns out to be a gift since that thread is taken up by the slight shrinkage once the piece is removed from the loom. So the whole concept is perfect, works, is amazing and I am wondering why we didn’t do this ages ago!
|Finished piece on loom with front cords removed.|
|Close up of end of piece.|
It works! I mean it really works! And once you’ve set up your loom for, let’s say, a certain size bracelet, you can leave everything in place and just start mass producing them. I am serious. But why believe my words when I’ve got photographs to prove it.
This is how it works. The kit will include two thin stainless steel metal bars the weaving width of the loom. That fun texslov cord will be provided. You attach this very much the way you attach the extra warping bar kit. I wanted to make a short piece so the bars are in the front of the loom. By the way, you do not put in a spring. It will have no function. The bars are so thin that they slip into the ladder like holes of the thin metal bars. But before you slip the bars inside the cords and wrap around the loom, you might want to slip some small paperclips onto the bars. That’s right, small paperclips (we will include them with the kit as well).
Put on as many as you need or more than you’ll need in case you want to weave a second wider piece. In any case, it’s easy to slip on the clips even after you’ve put the bars on the loom. I know because I forgot to put them on first!
To warp all you do is tie to the bottom of one clips, slip the warp through a clip on the opposite bar (by just sliding through the clip opening), then back through a clip on the other bar. Go back and forth until you have as many warps as you need. Tie off on the bottom of the last clips.
I’m not (yet) a mom (although since my wedding in August we’re beginning to talk about having children) but am at the age where friends are beginning to have kids. It got me thinking about the relationship between moms and Mirrix Looms, because Mirrix Looms were actually invented and designed by MY mom (when I was just a kid) who wanted a loom that was high-quality and portable… perfect for a mom on the go.
|For now, Alex and I are busy with our new puppy, Sam.|
Mom was a stay-at-home mom and a professional tapestry weaver. Our living and dining rooms were both filled with enormous tapestry looms. Tapestry weaving was a great outlet for her creativity after hours and days filled with doing the same puzzle over and over again. She even got me weaving! (See picture below.)
|Me, before Mirrix Looms existed. Look at the terrible tension on that loom!|
There are many reasons why a Mirrix Loom is perfect for moms. First, they’re portable, but not by sacrificing quality. Second, they’re sturdy. Read: Accidentally drive over one with a mini van and it’s still OK sturdy. Third, weaving is a great medium for someone who has to start and stop a project frequently (pick up and start off wherever you stopped!). Fourth, when you buy a Mirrix you know you’re getting a professional-quality loom, even if you’re not a professional weaver. Fifth, in the coming month we’re working on starting a new Mirrix community: Mirrix for Moms. Via newsletters and online forums moms will be able to discuss life, babies and weaving all in one place. Come play, come be a Mirrix Mom.
|With my mom on my wedding day.|