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On Tapestry Warp

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offwhite_polycotton_rugwarpBy Mirrix President Claudia Chase
I am often asked what kind of warp one should use for tapestry. I will try to provide a fairly broad answer to this question with the beginner tapestry weaver in mind. The sett for the yarns I will be recommending can range from 4 epi to 12 epi.
Basic Warp Options:
Inexpensive cotton carpet warp
Seine Twine
Linen
Wool


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The First Day of Mirrix-Days! Sale on BeadCreator Pro. 6.

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mirrix-days

Every day, for the next five days (December 8th-12th) we will have a deal on something in the Mirrix online store. From kits to accessories and weaving materials, this is the week to pick up stocking stuffers for yourself or the weaver in your life!

Today (December 8th) we are giving you $25 off BeadCreator Pro with code mirrixday1 at checkout. (See below for details.)

Click here to purchase!

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*The Fine Print*
Only valid on December 8th, 2014 on digital copies of BeadCreator Pro. Version 6. Mirrix Looms reserves the right to deny any coupon or end a deal early. Can only be used at mirrixooms.com. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Can only be used once. 

Mini Tapestries: Kits Now For Sale!

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mini tapestries

This is my favorite project that we’ve come out with in a long time.

These tiny tapestries are absolutely adorable and would make a perfect gift. The kits comes with just about everything you need to make one or both of these tapestries. Just add a Mirrix Loom and some basic supplies like a pair of scissors and a measuring tape and you’re on your way!

While we recommend waiting to make these until you’ve woven on your loom a couple times, these are both fairly simple to weave and good for those getting started with tapestry. Plus, they come with a great instructional ebook!

mini heart tapesty

Heart Tapestry ($18)
Give the gift of your heart and make a back-up for yourself.  This simple but elegant mini-tapestry is fun to weave and fun to give away or own.  Turn it into a tiny wall hanging or stuff it and turn it into an ornament.  Whatever you decide, it’s your heart.

mini scribble landscape tapesty

Scribble Landscape Mini Tapestry” ($20)
A hint of a landscape, a hint whimsy, this tiny tapestry is filled with color and movement, just what you need to light up a special place on your wall or to share with someone you love.  Once you’ve mastered the techniques you will want to make many, many more.

$18 for the Heart Mini Tapestry Kit, $20 for the Scribble Landscape Mini Tapestry Kit or $35 for both kits!

Purchase the kits (one or both) here!

Color Work – Magical Mosaic Continued

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

Mosaic Pink and Green

 

Now that I have got a pattern that I like, I can employ a variety of beads and fibers to create all kinds of variations.  Here I wanted to work with 2 colors of tile beads and no stud/ pyramids.  With texture, placement and size relationships set, I can bring all my focus to the interplay of color. While a spool of hemp  and strands of beads may look great together in my  hand, this does not guarantee a pleasing look on the loom.  Using the Big Sister loom, I was able to set up 2 contrasting samplers to work out the color for my Spring Blossom (pink and green) color way – seen in final form above.


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The Perfect Gift

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gift certificate gift packageThere’s a crafty person on your list whose holiday season would be made if they got a Mirrix in their stocking. But you’re just not sure which loom… which accessories… which kit. We have a solution!

Mirrix’s 2014 holiday gift certificate package will make the experience of getting a gift certificate just as exciting for that special someone as the day their new loom comes in the mail.

This package comes with:
-A printed special edition holiday gift certificate from $50 to $500 (you choose)
-Six skeins of 12 yards of our beautiful hand-painted silk
-30 grams of 11/0 Mirrix bead soup. This is a rich combination of Toho and Miyuki seed beads.
-A personalized, handwritten greeting on a beautiful handmade mini card

All packed in a white cardboard box with tissue paper and a Mirrix sticker.


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Holiday Hints 2014

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loom colorSome of us are blessed with friends and family who just know how to choose the perfect gift. They are savvy at picking up on subtle hints and know exactly what you like. But sometimes our loved ones need a little hint about what gifts we’re dreaming of.

This is where our fourth-annual holiday hints program comes in! Fill out the form below and  we’ll email the person you specify and give him or her a little hint about what you’d really like this holiday season!


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The Perfect Gift for a Pampered Pooch

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SamIf you’re anything like me, your dog is pretty much the center of your universe. We spoil our little Sam (left) in every way possible. That’s why when Claudia (Mirrix’s President) came up with a fiber and bead dog collar, I was thrilled. Doesn’t he look cute?

The fact is, pretty much any dog can rock this collar. It’s the PERFECT holiday gift for a dog-loving friend or for your own special pup.

Recently we did a weave-along featuring this collar and it resulted in some very happy puppies. Here (below) are two gorgeous collars that weave-along participant Denise Jonon made for her dogs Fig and Walnut. She did an amazing job and I think her pups might just have a career in modeling!


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It’s Here… Cyber Monday!

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cybermonday2014We don’t offer discounts on looms very often. Today, however, is Cyber Monday and we want to give our customers a special treat.

Through midnight tonight (12/1/2014) get 15% off Mirrix Looms and loom accessories and 20% off the 38″ Zeus Loom.

PLUS, with every loom purchase, get a free online course that will help you get to know your new loom!

Use the following codes for these discounts and please take the time to read the fine print below before purchasing.


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Weaving twill with two shedding devices

Posted on by Janna Maria Vallee / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014, Tapestry Weaving | 7 Comments

natural dyes, tapestry weaving

I’m continuing on with my adventures in double shedding devices (of course using my naturally dyed yarns again).  This time I’m playing around with twill – one of my all-time favorite weave structures.  There are endless variations of twill!  Something that occurred to me when weaving twill was that, especially if you set up your loom to have a balanced epi/pick, you will experience a vast departure from normal tapestry weaving.  I found myself remembering the days of weaving on a four-harness jack loom when I had to keep a good eye on my selvages.  I have found that I’m encountering this phenomena again when weaving twill on my Mirrix.  I’ve been pulling in my selvedges way more than I do when I weave weft faced tapestry.  
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