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My favorite part of working at Mirrix is seeing what everyone creates. From the work of professionals to your first pieces, seeing customer work always puts a smile on my face.
In this spirit of sharing, creativity and inspiration, we are planning to give free hand-painted silk (6 skeins) to two Mirrix customers this week. In exchange, we ask those customers to share with us what they make with the silk so we can share their work with the rest of you!
We are looking for fun, creative projects. You may use any other materials in your project (whatever you want!) and techniques other than weaving, as long the majority of the project is woven.
Here’s the deal:
Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a few sentences describing what you’d like to make with the silk. Also note which size loom you’ll be using and give your full name and mailing address.
On Friday (1/9/2015) we will choose two people to send the silk to, based on your plans to use the silk. We will then send those people silk.
Sometime in the next two months, we will feature the projects that each customer makes with their silk on our blog!
The Fine Print (that you should really read):
By entering, you agree to make a project using the silk you are given before February 28th, 2015. You also agree to send us (high quality) pictures and information about the project. You agree to let us use those photographs on our blog, website and social media sites. We will, of course, attribute your work to you.
It seems like New Year’s Resolutions usually focus on doing more of what you don’t necessarily want to be doing (like spending more time at the gym, ) or less of what you do want to be doing (like watching television).
This year, my resolutions focus on doing more things I love. Not necessarily “eat more chocolate” (although I’m pretty sure I would keep that one), but more like giving myself more time to pursuit doing things I love to do. Like yoga. And weaving. I find myself so many times not allowing myself a break, and I’m sure many of you have the same problem.
Do you have a resolution this year to spend more time at your loom? What other weaving-related goals do you have this year? Maybe keeping a tapestry (or bead) diary? Learning a new skill? Let us know in the comments!
One question we get a lot here at Mirrix Looms is this: “Can a beginner use a Mirrix Loom”? The answer is a resounding, “yes!”
One of the great things about a Mirrix is that you can learn and grow with your loom. As a beginner, when you get your first loom, you may be starting with beginner projects like our Starter Bracelet or a Tapestry/Bead Cuff. Soon, though, you’ll be advancing to weave pieces like our Heart and Scribble Tapestries or our gorgeous Beaded Purse.
From there, the sky is the limit! A Mirrix Loom offers you a professional quality foundation to grow your craft/art. Plus, a Mirrix is an incredibly versatile loom. This means you can decide you want to get into beads when you started with tapestry or tapestry if you started with fiber or that you want to weave with wire or begin making mixed-media pieces.
Another question we get often is, “Which loom is best for a beginner?” There really isn’t an answer to that. Any of our looms will work for a beginner. The difference between most of our looms is simply size. If you’re a beginner who wants to eventually make very large pieces, you may want to invest in a larger loom. If you’re an expert who only makes small pieces, a smaller loom will be best. That said, most beginners decide to start on the small side since those looms are less of an investment financially. Our 8″ Lani Loom, 12″ Little Guy Loom and 16″ Big Sister Loom are the most popular looms for beginner bead and tapestry weavers.
Want to learn more about how to weave beads and fiber on a Mirrix? Check out these videos:
It seems like forever ago that Elena and I went to Colorado to create the “Bead & Tapestry Cuff Bracelet” class. It was both difficult and exciting. The Craftsy people were wonderful and held my hand very well. Elena sat behind the camera giving me silent directions if I got off course. She knew the drill. She knew what needed to be said or not said so it was essential to have her there.
The Craftsy crew, from camera people to producers to to editors make-up people, were rather magical. It was a blur of three days of hard work. The results were excellent. The Craftsy editors took 22 hours of filming and turned it into a 6 hour class.
These are the lessons you will find in the class (besides loom set up and discussions about looms in general):
Silk & Bead Affinity Bracelet
Gold Thread & Bead Affinity Bracelet
No Warp Ends Bracelet (there are two: the one below and one with just Delica Beads in a simple design for which I cannot find a photo!)
Tapestry Cuff Bracelet (both simple and complex)
Where can you find this class? Here: craftsy.com/beadcuffs
Where can you get the kits? Here you go, everything you need: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/product-category/craftsy/
In Ukraine, where my husband is from, on New Year’s Eve they say “dasvidaniya staree goad” which means “goodbye old year”. I like the concept of bidding farewell to the old year while welcoming in the new year.
In the spirit of this ritual, here are five of our most popular posts from 2014. It was a wonderful year here at Mirrix Looms but we can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!
How Easy Is It Too Weave Beads on a Loom? by Elena Zuyok
Color Theory For Beadwork by Claudia Chase
New iPhone? Weave This Case by Claudia Chase
Tapestry Vs. Rigid Heddles Vs. Jack Looms by Claudia Chase
Tapestry: Painting With Fiber by Claudia Chase