- Mirrix Looms
Mirrix Looms are copper and aluminum tapestry and bead looms that range in size from 5″ across to 38″ across. They were invented by Mirrix President Claudia Chase in 1995 and were the result of her search for a professional-quality yet portable loom.
There are 8 different sizes of Mirrix Looms. The smallest, our 5″ Mini Mirrix Loreli Loom is so portable it can fit in a purse. The largest, our 38″ Zeus Loom can be combined with our stand and treadle to function almost like a floor loom. All the looms in between vary in size but can be used for both bead weaving and tapestry weaving. They can also be used for combining beads and fiber, inkle weaving, weaving on wire, Saori Weaving and more.
Learn more about our handy shedding device, heddles and our stand and treadle by clicking the tabs above.
- Shedding Device
The Mirrix Shedding Device can seem a puzzling contraption to those unfamiliar with weaving.
Called: Shedding Device
Not Called: Shredder, Shredding Device, Shedder
Shedding devices are devices used to lift warps in order to pass fiber or beads through them more easily. The space between the warps is called the SHED, which is where the term SHEDding device comes from.
On a Mirrix shedding device, when you change the position of the handle, the shedding device shifts position and opposite sets of warps are raised, securing your beads or weft between the warp threads. The wooden clips hold your shedding device on the loom, but also serve to hold your warping bar in place when warping your loom (and before you install the shedding device).
When weaving tapestry, if you do not use the shedding device, you must weave each piece of fiber under and over the warp threads.
By using the shedding device, you can lift half of your warp threads all at the same time, so instead of weaving over and under, you can just place your weft (the thread you are using) between the raised and lowered warp threads.
The shedding device is attached to the warp threads with heddles. These heddles pull up on the correct warp threads when the shedding device is engaged.
The shedding device engaged in one direction, picking up half the warp threads.
When weaving beads with the shedding device, you string up a row of beads and then place them between the raised and lowered warp threads. Then you change the position of the shedding device, securing those beads between the warp threads.
On a Mirrix Loom, using the shedding device is recommended for tapestry weaving as it makes the process much faster and easier. For combining beads and fiber, a shedding device is also very useful. For beads, both the traditional bead weaving method of placing your beads behind your warp threads and then sewing through and the method using the shedding device and placing the beads between raised and lowered warp threads work. The method using the shedding device takes a little more time to set up, but once you get the hang of it it’s a fast and fun way to weave beads!
All About Heddles:
How to Make Heddles:
A heddle attaches your shedding device to your warp threads. Used only when weaving tapestry and bead weaving WITH the shedding device, heddles can be either ordered pre-made or you can make them yourself!
Click here to buy our Mirrix Texlov pre-made heddles.
You will need to make as many individual heddles as there will be warps in your weaving. These heddles (as well as the Mirrix heddles you can buy) will be reusable. The thinner and stronger the string you use, the better. For bead weavers, cotton quilting or beading thread works great. For tapestry weavers, cotton crochet thread, linen warp or single-ply cotton warp works well.
Nail two finishing nails into a piece of wood three and one-eighth inches apart. You will use this little tool to tie your warps. Cut ten inch lengths of your heddle material, one for each heddle you will make. Tie them around the nails, using an overhand knot to secure the ends. In order to get that knot to sit right next to the nail, slip a needle into the knot before it is pulled tight and push the knot toward the nail. Then tighten it. Trim off the ends of the heddles to within a quarter of an inch of the knot.
Alternatively, you can cut a piece of cardboard three and one-eighth inches apart and use that to tie your heddles around.
Putting on Heddles (Refer to our warping instructions for full instructions)
- Stand & Treadle
The Mirrix add-on treadle replaces the shedding device handle. It can be placed anywhere beneath the loom since it is attached by a cable system. Perfect for weaving tapestry.
Watch this video of how the Mirrix treadle is installed and used!
Views of the treadle mechanism attached to a loom. Pictures by Kathe Todd-Hooker.