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Secret Project

Posted on by Christina Neit / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finally, I am happy to say I started the ‘secret project’ today. Thrilled to get it underway, but as I started a bit on the loom I realized this was quite the undertaking. I think it is going to take me longer to loom than I thought. We’ll see ;)  That being said, the design below, with your input, is the one I decided on.

Secret projectAs it turned out, I had made it larger originally than I ended up needing and had to ‘shave’ rows off the top and bottom. This will be what it looks like all finished. So I printed up my trusty word chart. 7 pages in total. I prefer a word chart for loom work and peyote work. It works up way faster than using the colored graph with the symbols!! The faster I go, the quicker I can do something else. That’s how I roll.

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This is what I have done so far. I have to make 4 of these, so this will definitely run into a week or two. That is the only hint you get. You can guess what I am doing, if you like, but I will not confirm it :)

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See you next week, hopefully a good chunk done by then.

It’s Here, Mirrix’s 18th Birthday Month!

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happy18I remember 18 years ago in July well. It was the summer after 5th grade and my family was making the move, dogs, cats and a guinea pig in tow, from Wisconsin to New Hampshire. My mom,  Claudia, had sent some prototypes of a loom she had designed (at the time, she was a professional tapestry weaver) to a weaving show right before we left. When she plugged in the phone at the new house, she found out that all the looms she sent had sold. And so Mirrix was born.

This month, we celebrate Mirrix’s 18 years. We are proud of the company Mirrix has become, of the people who work so hard to make it successful and of the wonderful customers who make everything worth it.

When I came on board at Mirrix, I saw that every value my mom held in normal life, she held also as a business owner. She believes, and has since the beginning, in running a company where employees are treated well, where products are made in America and where customers become friends. I am grateful to be a part of Mirrix and to really, truly believe in the company I work for.

In celebration of Mirrix’s 18 years, we are having a one-day, totally unprecedented, sale (looms typically go on sale only on Cyber Monday).

Get 10% off your order (some restrictions apply, please read the fine print) today only with code happybirthdaymirrix. 

AND, since we couldn’t take away free shipping on a day like this, we’re keeping it going for another month.

Remember to sign Mirrix’s birthday card here!

And read some birthday messages here. 

Enjoy! And thanks for these past 18 years!

FINE PRINT -PLEASE READ-

-Retail orders only
-Does not apply to items on sale
-Cannot be combined with any other offer

If you ordered recently, unfortunately we cannot give you this deal retroactively. We know the feeling of missing a deal (I just bought a pair of shoes and found them 50% off a few days later!) but it is unfair to all our customers to give deals outside of the date and times they are issued. It can become a slippery slope when someone who ordered yesterday wants the deal that was present today, because then the person who ordered two days ago should get it too. Thanks for understanding!

Because we anticipate a much higher than usual order volume today, please understand that orders today might take a little longer than usual to get out. Please be patient!

 

Rock Series: Sample 2

Posted on by Janna Maria Vallee / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014, Tapestry Weaving | Leave a comment

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Here is my second try for the rock sample series.  For this photo I thought it would be fun to show you where the sliced rocks are coming from, so I placed it on my dad’s hand-made concrete kitchen counters.  I’ve been using the cast offs.  My mom says that while he planned and made the counter tops, my dad deliberately chose to use a lot of rocks that featured lines going around them, which I find serendipitous since that’s exactly what I wanted to add to them as soon as I started brainstorming about weaving.

This time around I used C-LON beading cord as warp and my sett was 18, a big step from last week’s 12.  I wanted to see if I could easily do weft faced weaving with it at that sett using Mirrix’s painted silk for weft.  It turned out that it was a bit challenging and the warp showed through if I didn’t beat it hard.  You can see evidence of this where the weaving got wider and the green lines are bent instead of strait.  So, I’ll go with a 16 or 14 sett next time.

Here I am weaving it up at a beach in Gibsons BC Canada where I’m spending the summer with my parents and friends this year.  I can’t complain.

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Leaps and Bounds!

Posted on by Julia Hecht / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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There’s nothing like a great class to get unstuck!  I am beading a necklace in my loom bead weaving class that  is full of increases and decreases.  Now that I’ve been taught what to do, I am just amazed at how simple it is to add that kind of complexity to a design.  I chose  colors and used them in my sampler to test them out (see my last post).  I decided to go ahead with the palette and I just LOVE how it is working out in the necklace. I have to admit that warping with 6o threads was a bit of a jump after my little 10 and 20 warp bracelets. I got so distracted by the counting that I forgot to move my warp bar down and I just started beading.  Fortunately, I don’t think I need to rotate the warps at all…I do believe I’ve got enough space on just the front threads.  I am weaving away in hopes of having it ready for class on Sunday.  Meanwhile….

I am making progress in leaps and bounds!

Julia L. Hecht

Poppyfield Bead Company

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Loomed Barrette

Posted on by Christina Neit / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Hi everyone! I finished the barrette I had started last week and I have images for you on how I finished the piece. I was going to do fringe, but decided I shouldn’t because the barrette is wide as it is. If I had been thinking more clearly when I designed it, I would have shortened the actual barrette in width and widened the image to make the image as part of the fringe. Hind sight = 20/20 LOL Something for you all to think about in the event you want to make a barrette.

So this next image is the finished work still on the loom. I decided to try the tape technique and taped the ends together, bringing each side in just a little bit. I really liked this method and will definitely use it again. Sorry you can’t see the tape, I brought it from behind to the front and wrapped it to stick together. Worked like a charm. :D

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Next up, I cut the work off the loom and glued it down with E6000 around the edges and on both sides of the taped ends and adhered it to black leather. Don’t use lots of glue, just use enough. Then trim edges close being careful of the threads.

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Then I put a small amount of E6000 to the back of a barrette blank. (if you are new to making barrettes, always make sure to purchase the ‘Made in France’ kind. Top quality and they are stamped on the back!!) After the glue set up for a few minutes, I then stitched the clip down on each end through the holes, knot from behind.

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Then I glued the front and the back together, again with E6000 and mini clothes-pinned them together.

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After the glue has set up, thread and needle with Fireline, or thread and work your sides however you like to.

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So that’s it. It’s very easy to make a barrette and they can sure get fancy! This was a simple one.

My next project is going to be way way more exciting!! The ‘secret project’ and I am so darn excited to get started! The beads should be here in just a few days, then I have everything I need to work this up. I may even have to set up the Big Sister with the Little Guy to do this one. I have several pieces of the same design to do up and once I start, I am going to want to fly through the loomwork. This next project will also have video, although that may be the week following for the finished project, we’ll see. When it comes to beading a project I am excited about, I tend to forget about the sleeping part of my day ;)

It’s a good size project! Cannot even wait to share this with you all!

Bit By Bit

Posted on by Julia Hecht / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments
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I’ve noticed that while I used to be focused on instant results, I am becoming more patient with process. Hence, my title ” bit by bit.”  I am full of wonder as I embrace my Beginner’s Experience in this mode of beading.  I am surprised to find myself making space for the time it takes for trial and error. I absorb my new knowledge and integrate it into my intuitive self.  At the same time, I am seeking out “technical support” from a local expert.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am getting ready for a class in beaded loom work.  It is NOT a beginner class, but rather focuses on increases and decreases.  The necklace I will be making uses 7 colors, and I have chosen my own palette, rather than the instructor’s.  I am using 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads.  I find that a mix of finishes gives a better outcome, helping some colors pop against others.  I am using a metallic bronze, alabaster cream, matte metallic pink, opaque yellow, transparent rainbow coated navy, and matte opaque light blue and chartreuse.  I am pretty happy with the results and I think I will go forward with these colors for my class on Sunday.

I warped with 135 weight black C-Lon that Claudia and Elena sent me.  I like the weight and I’ve ordered a slew of other colors for my shop – though my supplier provides S-Lon cord, which is meant to be a comparable product. I will be able to do a true comparison and see if  these threads do differ.  Stay tuned for those results.

I think a white or cream warp might work better for my background.  However when some of the beads are dark, I tend to use dark thread.  So, I am ready for another experiment with warp colors.

Where I am headed, I don’t know.  But I know I will get there, bit by bit.

Julia

Julia L. Hecht, Owner / Designer

Poppyfield Bead Company

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New ideas

Posted on by Janna Maria Vallee / Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Lately I’ve been thinking about ways to incorporate rocks into my art practice, so when I arrived home to my parents’ house this week and found a pile of discarded rock pieces, remnants of my dad’s masonry practice, I was super inspired and excited.  Sam and I have fun with them every day, playing with them like blocks.  Here is one fun configuration. I think I like because it looks like a maquette of a gallery set-up.

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I don’t usually share my creative process at this point, when I’m really just at the idea and first samples stage of things, but Mirrix has such a rich artist community, so I’d love to treat this like a critique.  I’d love to hear your insights and feedback, now and in the coming weeks, as I share this series.  Below is one of my first samples of a weaving wrapped around a sliced rock.  The plan is to make a bunch of these and just see what ideas bloom.  So, you can expect at least one new one each week for the next little while.  This is not mounted permanently yet since I always think it is important to let a weaving sit for a day before you do any finishing.  So it will be more flush once it’s done.

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a weft faced weaving using Mirrix’s hand-painted silk

When making this on the loom I wanted to pull the outside warp ends in gradually but I could only do it so much until I wasn’t able to weave weft faced anymore, so I subtracted the one warp of each side once that started happening.  Below is a picture of my disastrous table, rocks and all.

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Recovering

Posted on by Christina Neit / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

After last week’s post, I was feeling gun-shy about looming. I really don’t enjoy making mistakes and I am also good at beating myself up over them. I picked myself up by the boot straps today and literally had to make myself get back in the saddle. Knowing I am ordering my beads for the big project tomorrow, I have to make something small for now. I opened the bead program with a barrette in mind. After many attempts at using a fabric image in the program, I finally settled on one I liked. Summery and floral.

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Spin it sideways and it is going to be a barrette. Of course I will be adding fringe as well. Here is a photo of what I have done so far (not the best pic). I will be finishing the whole piece tomorrow and will share a step by step finishing series of pics.

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Beginning Embellishment – Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 – by Julia L. Hecht

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As I mentioned in my last post, I was inspired to try off loom bead weaving embellishments on my loomed piece, Deco Diamonds.  Here I worked on adding a border using brick stitch.  I am pleased with the outcome. But honestly, it was very time consuming, and I am bored with it.  So, I have put it aside for now. I feel the need for a creative jump start, and some more technical hand holding. So I found a loom bead weaving class in my local community.  I will be taking it June 22nd and 29th.  It requires 7 colors, and I am using Miyuki Delica beads 11/0.  I plan a sampler to see how the colors work together.  I know from experience, that I can be surprised and not in a good way.  Going to warp….

More on my sampler next time…

Julia L. Hecht

Poppyfield Bead Company

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5 Ways You’ll Love Starting Something New (Like Weaving)

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When was the las time you started something new? A new sport, craft or learning a new language can open up a world of possibilities, stretch your brain and introduce new ways of thinking. Many times, we don’t start new things simply because it’s hard to start something new. It takes work and time we may not feel we have. The rewards, however, are often more than worth it.

At the end of last summer, I started taking yoga classes. At first, it was just for exercise, but I got obsessed quickly. I started going tomirrix loom demo classes almost every day and reading books about the non-physical aspects of yoga. It was an amazing time. Finding something you love and being in that honeymoon stage is exhilarating. I was reminded of this the other day when I took a beginner yoga class and the teacher spoke briefly about how she loves teaching beginners because they’re still in that overly-excited always-learning stage. It made me think about learning to weave and how fun it is for me to hear from new Mirrix owners going through the excitement of weaving their first pieces and realizing the possibilities. Here are five reasons you’ll love (and benefit from) starting something new (like weaving)!

1.) The beginning can be the most exciting place.
It’s exciting and invigorating to start something new. You get to experience that “honeymoon” phase, which is always lots of fun. 

2.) Starting something new gets you thinking in new ways.
Creativity comes in many different forms and beginning something new often sparks it. You never know the possibilities until you begin! 

3.) At the beginning, you have everything in front of you.
It’s a great place to realize all the possibilities you have in front of you. From new poses in yoga to new projects and techniques in weaving, the beginning reveals all the fun ahead.

4.) Learning something new is good for your confidence. 
Every new skill you learn can boosts your confidence, and who doesn’t like that?

5.) Learning something new gives you a new perspective. 
The more skills we learn and experiences we have, the more perspectives we can see the world from.

If you’re thinking weaving beads or fiber might just be the new skill for you, download our free ebook, “Weaving is Easy”!





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