Celebrate the end of February!
From now until the beginning of March, anyone who places an order over $200 in the Mirrix store will be emailed a coupon code for 15% off any Mirrix accessory or kit, good towards your next purchase.
*Please allow us 24 hours to email the code).
Mirrix accessories: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/product-category/accessories/
Mirrix kits: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/product-category/kits/
-CODE EXPIRES APRIL 1ST, 2014
-Cannot be used with any other purchase
-Excludes the loom stand, stand/treadle combination and gift certificates
I got an email today from a customer who saw an exhibit at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego called function and fantasy. She said there was a video at the exhibit that mentioned and showed a Mirrix Loom (thanks for the heads up, Lori)!
We did some research about the artists, Steven and William Ladd, and discovered some really amazing artists who use our looms! (Well, one brother does.)
Check out their website here (see that Mirrix on the front page??)
Check out this video on the website of the New York Times. They show and talk about Mirrix starting at around 1:30.
And another video here (1:54)
My friends call me “Little Guy” and I am a copper loom looking for my lifelong companion this Valentine’s Day.
I am strong (made of copper and aluminum, baby!) and considered handsome by most. I’m fairly short, only 18″ when totally stretched out… but don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I can’t make a 24″ long piece.
Some people say I create a lot of tension, but in the weaving world, tension is a wonderful thing. All you have to do is warp me up, maybe while drinking a nice glass of Merlot, and turn, turn, turn my wing-nuts until I’m all tightened up. You know what happens next, ladies… you can weave on me ALL night long!
When I got my nickname 17 years ago, I was the littlest Mirrix, but sweetie I’ve grown up and I’m ready for some commitment. I come from the very prestigious Mirrix line, so you know you’re getting a quality loom.
In the spirit of transparency, I have a young daughter. We call her Mini and she’s a real sweetie (and portable, too). If you’d like, she could live with us too.
No more inferior looms in your life, hunny, so throw away that flimsy bead or tapestry loom you’ve been flirting with and give me a forever home. Why haven’t you met your soul mate yet? Because you haven’t met me.
You can purchase your very own Little Guy Loom this Valentine’s Day (or any day) on the Mirrix Looms website here: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/store/12-little-guy-loom-with-shedding-device/.
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The Mirrix Starter Bracelet tutorial is now up! This tutorial will teach you how to make this adorable heart bracelet (perfect for Valentine’s Day).
It goes over all the basics to make your first beaded bracelet on a Mirrix and can show you the fundamentals of how to make any bracelet using any size of beads and any pattern!
Find the ebook here: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/starterbracelet.pdf
I have this basket that contains Delica beads which are in a variety of plastic containers that I have collected over the last decade and a half. I have given a lot of these beads away but I still found myself stuck with this basket, these beads I clearly am not using (because I have been using the Delicas I’ve bought kits). I hate it when I have a something around (yarn, fleece, dye, beads, stones, findings, tools, you name it) that I am not using. That usually prompts me to give it away. I get this gene from my mother. She constantly got rid of things, but to a fault. And she didn’t limit her constant cleaning house to just her own stuff! So I try not go as far as she did (where you regret having given something away because suddenly you really need it!). So what to do about this basket full of little tubes of beads?
I set myself a problem to solve: blow through a lot of these beads by weaving a larger bead piece (3 inches by 11 1/2 inches with the final dimension). You can pretty much guess that I didn’t necessarily love all these bead colors. A lot of them were leftovers from this buying spree I had in a bead store where I had been teaching. I wanted to own a tube of about a 100 different colors so I could have the beads around to work on bead patterns and other designs.
The first thing I didn’t do was weave an entire first row. I was going to approach this more like a tapestry, weaving in sections. Since I had no real plan and definitely no pattern, it would be easier to see what I was doing if I didn’t weave entire rows. For some reason, I don’t seem to have a photo of the beginning of this piece. So you are just going to have to believe me that for the most part it was woven in three sections. It’s easiest to weave up the left section first. When weaving the middle section, when you sew back through your beads, go through one or two of the beads from the same row in the first section. This connects the two sections. Same goes for the section all the way to the right. As you can see I started with a violet/purple scheme and them moved up to some random colors, vertical stripes (by alternating two bead colors).
Yeah, there is this weird cross-like thing down below. I think I was intending to do some geometric shapes, but that was the only one I managed. Maybe my use knows better why it is there.
Notice how blue has sort of taken over the piece. There is that orange blog there and below that, the pinkish blob, is really a very in-your-face bead color . . . way too neon for my taste but did okay lost in this piece. I was noticing at this point that my stash was dwindling. The fact is: it takes a lot of these little beads to weave a big piece and it takes forever. Notice I was not using the shedding device. This is because I was trying to perfect this weaving in sections technique. I am sure it can be applied to bead weaving with the shedding device, but I am not certain yet how I will do that. It’s my next big challenge. Below is a close up of the piece.
This is the finished piece. I added a little checkerboard effect below and above. It does look like a landscape. I had initially thought I would fold whatever I came up with into a purse to hold a cellphone, a credit card . . . that kind of little beaded purse. But it seems like this piece might now want to be folded up. I will take better photos of it off loom tomorrow and maybe you can make some suggestions as to the final destination of this weaving. And my challenge to you: do you have any beads you need to consume and, if so, do you want to try your hand at this? It’s very liberating.
We love to share out “toys” and supplies with our customers so when we run into something we love to use we eventually find a way to get it out to you. Our most recent additions to the Mirrix Store are:
A set of three curved bamboo needles. I had bought these from a distributor a couple of years ago. They sat in their packaging until the other day. I realized that those curved tips would make “picking” the shed on my Lani Loom without shedding device to try to achieve some more complex weave structures would be a lot easier with a curved needle. I broke into the package and got to work. I was right. These needles are great. They have nice big “eyes” and hence are easy to thread. They feel great in your hand and they don’t seem to want to break no matter how much I batter them around. You can find them here: bamboo needles.
A while back we introduced the very colorful Stork scissors. They work as well as they are beautiful to look at. I have a pair on every work surface in my studio and in my bedroom and in the living room. You can find them here: stork scissors.
The other day we added mother-of-pearl buttons. They are great for using as findings for jewelry as well as closures for woven pouches. I have always loved anything made of mother-of-pearl and these little gems are not exception. You can find them here: Mother-of-Pearl Buttons.
I have been playing with sari silk ribbon for a couple of months now and I still haven’t gotten over my addiction to the stuff. It’s very similar to cotton rag strips, but it’s softer and, I think, much easier to work with. Plus I like the final results much better. You can find it here: Sari Silk Strips.
And speaking of silk . . . our six packs of silk ribbon are pretty magical. I use them as accents in just about anything I weave. They are different from our other hand painted silk because they are actually ribbons whereas the other is spun plied silk. We hand painted white silk ribbon just for you! No weaving studio is complete without a set of these. They can be found here: Hand painted silk ribbon.
Last but not least: Kangfa crystals. Made in China, these crystals are just as nice as the other leading brands but less expensive. We have put together a big range of colors. I have been weaving with these crystals a lot lately. They can be found here: Kangfa Crystal Soup.
Then of course there is the Spencer Power Treadle. It was a long time coming. We are thrilled with the results as are the tapestry weavers we had test it. Janette Meetze said about the treadle: “The new Spencer Treadle from Mirrix looms was waiting for me when I returned home from the American Tapestry Alliance Retreat and I was able to put it to good use at a show I was doing the following weekend. I usually take along a 16 inch loom, treadle and easel to demonstrate when I do shows with my Mirrix Looms and tapestry supplies. The first thing I noticed is that the smaller footprint and lighter weight of the Spencer Treadle is going to make my life much easier. Not only is it easier to pack but it is also easier to detach and attach the treadle to the loom which makes it much nicer to travel with. The action of the treadle is so fast and easy that it is much more convenient for changing sheds, weaving and talking at the same time. In a very short time it was becoming an automatic movement for me which should speed up my weaving when I am not demonstrating. There were many watching who had seen me demonstrate before who were impressed with the smooth and effortless action to open the sheds. I was even filmed and interviewed by a local channel 6 special report team about people following their passion while demonstrating at the show. In short, it took less than a weekend for me to become quite spoiled by my new Spencer Treadle!”
You can find it here: Spencer Power Treadle.
We love to hear what you would like to see in the Mirrix Store. Please leave a comment on this blog and if it’s a “toy” or supply we like, we will do our best to find a source for it. Or if we can’t find it, we can try to make it. Our customers are often our best inspiration.