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Welcome to Mirrix’s Second Ambassador: Maryanne Moodie

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The Mirrix Looms Ambassador program hopes to unite Mirrix Looms (both the company and the products) with talented bead and tapestry weavers from around the world. By connecting these gifted artists, quality weaving equipment and the networks of both, the hope is to simultaneously increase awareness of each ambassador and of Mirrix products.

Each ambassador will have a unique role, but you can expect instructional blog posts, project ebooks, inspiration and more from these amazing artists.

Today, we are very excited to introduce our second Mirrix Looms Ambassador, Maryanne Moodie. You can learn more about Maryanne and see her work here.

Following is our interview with her:

Photo by Julia Stotz

Photo by Julia Stotz


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Silk Ideas

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We have chosen the recipients of free hand-painted silk for our mini contest (click here to learn more about this). We were going to only choose two, but had such a hard time deciding that we chose three. Felicitous, Kaleigh and Pinar are our winners. Thank you to everyone who entered!

We can’t wait to see what these three lovely ladies create!

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Here are their ideas:

Felicitas:

“With the hand painted silk yarn, I would weave a tapestry using found materials. With the silk yarn being the primary yarn in the project, it will be interwoven with objects such as small pieces of mica, agate slices, bits of fused glass and whimsical items such as pieces of vinyl records and their labels, thin strips of cardboard packaging from beer cartons and cereal boxes, t-shirt strips and dried stalks/leaves from my garden. I know this sounds like one hot mess, but my goal would be a finished tapestry that would be a textural landscape woven with hand dyed silk and incorporated with found materials.”

Pinar:

“I had the pleasure of hosting Sara Lamb for our weaver’s guild back in October. She taught me how to weave knotted pile. If I had the silk, I’d like to use my 12″ little guy Mirrix to weave a small knotted pile panel to incorporate into a woven purse or perhaps a wall hanging. It will either be a spiral galaxy / astronomy design or a traditional Turkish kilim motif (since that’s where I was born).”

Kaleigh:

“I have been contemplating what to start for my next project and I am very interested in working with geometric designs. Everything I have worked on for the past 4 years has been very fluid and curved, so I want to give a try at something new! I have come across some aerial maps of the eastern Iowa countryside where I call home right now. I would use the maps as a guide to create a geometric design and use the silk to blend and define different areas of the final cartoon. In two months, my husband and I will be moving to Utah, so it would be great to weave something that can remind us of where we grew up and met.”

Save With a Loom Weave-Along Package!

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tapestry/bead cuff craftsy braceletInterested in learning to combine beads and fiber on a Mirrix Loom? We have the perfect way to get started!

Next week, our 17th weave-along will begin. A weave-along is a free online class where participants receive weekly emails with instructions (written, pictures and video) for each step of the weave-along project. For this weave-along, we will revisit our fabulous (and famous) Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet Project. In it you will learn the basics of weaving on a Mirrix, how to combine beads and fiber, a few tapestry techniques and how to finish this gorgeous bracelet. You can learn more about the weave-along and sign-up here.

If you haven’t yet purchased a Mirrix yet, we have a special loom package available just for this weave-along that includes everything you need to get started (besides basics like a good pair of scissors). You’ll save $20 on the package and get a free 10-dent coil that is perfect for this project. It’s a great deal and the perfect way to get started making beautiful, handmade bead and fiber creations!

Check out the Weave-Along 17 Loom and Kit Package here.

We look forward to weaving-along with you!

 

What Can You Create With Hand-Painted Silk? (Part 2)

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Earlier this year we had a little contest where we asked customers to come up with ideas for Mirrix-woven pieces incorporating our hand-painted silk. We then chose two people to whom we gave free silk to go forward with their ideas. We were blown away by the incredible pieces our winners Julie and Debbie made and we’ve decided to run the same contest again.

Here are the pieces from last time (click here to learn a little more about each one):

Fish Tapestry by Julie Lipscomb Atkinson

Fish Tapestry by Julie Lipscomb Atkinson

Travel Pouch by Debbie Thompson

Travel Pouch by Debbie Thompson

Here are the details: On June 10th we will choose two Mirrix customers to give free hand-painted silk (6 skeins) t0. 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.

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Email me (elena@mirrixlooms.com) 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 Wednesday June 10th, 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 July 18th, 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. 

Our First Instagram Contest -extended to 5/29

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i deserve a mirrixA winner has been chosen!
Click here to see who won!

1. Follow Mirrix on Instagram @mirrixlooms
You may also want to follow our CEO, Claudia @claudiamirrix

2. Tag Mirrix (@mirrixlooms ) in a photo of a piece of fiber or bead art you have made and tag the photo with the hashtag #ideserveamirrix

 

 

 

 

 


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Ten Reasons to Choose a Mirrix

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toptenreasonstochooseamirrixMaybe you’ve played around with a wooden frame weaving loom or a little wire bead loom and you’re ready to take the next step in your weaving journey. Perhaps you’ve just discovered weaving and you’re looking to start out weaving with the best loom you can buy. It could be that you can’t decide if you’re into fiber art or bead art and you want a loom that can do it all. Whatever the reason, here are our top ten reasons why you might want to choose a Mirrix for your weaving needs.

1.) Versatility

From tapestry weaving to bead weaving to wire weaving and free-form fiber weaving, Mirrix Looms are incredibly versatile.

2.) Size Options

Mirrix Looms come in eight sizes, from the 5″ wide Mini Mirrix to the 38″ wide Zeus Loom, allowing you to choose a loom size that best fits your needs. Need help deciding? Get a free loom recommendation below.

Get Help Choosing a Loom!


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Art: It’s Not Just For Artists

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I am not an artist.

elena weaving

This statement, of course, begs the question, “Who is an artist?”

This answer varies from person to person, from medium to medium and from age to age (I’m pretty sure all children are artists). But most artists I know… they know they are artists. These are the people who can’t function without creating: The ones who try to smuggle knitting needles on airplanes; those who can never leave the beach without leaving behind a sculpture; individuals who sink into a deep depression after only a few days not behind their wheel, their loom or their canvas.

I read a post by Rebecca Mezoff the other day (side note: If you want to learn tapestry, you need to check out her online class). The post was titled, “The Desperate Joy of Making Art” and in it she said:


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Memorial Day Deals!

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memorial day 2015

treadle beadcreator bskThrough Memorial Day (5/25/2015) we’re offering a few Mirrix deals:

Get 15% off the Electric Spencer Treadle with code memdaytreadle
Remember, we also have several other Electric Treadle combination deals through May.

Get 15% off the Bottom Spring Kit with Springs with code memdaybsk

The first TEN people to use code memdaybeadcreator50 will get $50 off BeadCreator Pro
If our shopping cart does not accept the code, that means ten people have already used it. 
The next TEN people can use code memdaybeadcreator30 for $30 off BeadCreator Pro
If our shopping cart does not accept either code, that means ten people have already used each one. 

The Fine Print
These coupons expire 5/25/2015
Mirrix reserves the right to end or change any promotion
These coupon codes can be used together, but not with other deals, offers or sales
Valid only on mirrixlooms.com
Only ONE copy of BeadCreator (using these sale prices) may be ordered per customer

The Brief History of My Tapestry Journey

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claudia weaving

By Mirrix CEO Claudia Chase

Every art and/or craft medium has its rules.  When approaching a new medium, you have choices.  You can learn a few of the basic techniques in any given medium and then start playing, learning more techniques as you explore.  Or maybe you will just stop with a few techniques.  Or possibly you will start with your gut and just play from the very beginning, in which case you are bound to make some classic “mistakes” that others who are advanced in that medium will spot right away.


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