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Our First Mirrix Looms Ambassador: Erin Riley

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Erin Riley

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.


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Help Us Win a Grant!

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win a grantFor over 18 years, Mirrix Looms has been building looms and a wonderful community… a community we hope you are proud to be a member of.

It’s a long shot, but we are hoping to get a $100,000 grant from Chase to help our company grow. From a physical retail store to offering more classes and having representatives at more shows, we have lots of ideas of how to spend the money!

We’d love for you to show your support for Mirrix by helping us get the 250 unique votes to qualify.

Click here to vote and thank you for being an integral part of Mirrix!

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The Split-Loom Necklace Weave-Along: Results!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in Mirrix’s 16th Weave-Along. We really enjoyed viewing all of your necklaces and seeing the fun and unique design and colors decisions you each made. We hope you had fun!

Here are a few pictures of finished pieces from weave-along participants:

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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Claudia & ElenaAlmost 19 years ago my mom started Mirrix. She was a professional tapestry weaver simply looking for a better portable loom. It turned out a lot of other people were looking for that same thing. When mom started Mirrix I was 11 and didn’t have  much of an interest in parental business ventures. As long as she was still always around when we got home from school, I was happy. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I really became aware of her success and her accomplishments with Mirrix. There she was, this artist without a business degree, running a successful business on her own. That pride has only burgeoned since.

My mom and I were always close. Like other-mothers-probably-hated-her-for-it kind of close. She was always my favorite person in the world, and she will continue to be until I have a child of my own (sorry, hubby, mom wins).

When I was a freshman in college I got this idea in my head that my mom should run for State Representative. For some reason she listened to my crazy idea and that summer we ran her campaign together. We did nothing the normal way. We rode our horses to the town hall to register her as a candidate playing Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved” from a CD player perched on my saddle. We had magenta signs and glittery bumper stickers. We made t-shirts with puff paint. claudia and elenaWe knocked on nearly every door in our district. She lost the election by a few votes, which broke my heart. But it turned out there were some issues at one of the polling stations and a recount was called. I was back at school on the day it happened. I had just arrived home from class when I got a call from a friend. “I just saw your mom on TV. She won the recount.” All she said during that interview was, “My daughter is going to be so happy!” That day she became the first female Democrat to ever win her district.

During that campaign was when we realized that we work very well together. Our strengths and weaknesses played off each other perfectly during that campaign, as they do today running Mirrix.

ClaudiaElenaYears later, after graduating from college, living abroad and having my first real-world job; I started working for Mirrix. At the time I didn’t know if it would be a long-term just or if it was just a placeholder while I figured out what I really wanted to do. It became clear fairly quickly, though, that working for Mirrix was what I wanted to do. Now that I’m at an age where I’m beginning to think about having children myself, I’m happy to know that my job will offer me the flexibility to be available to my future kids in a similar way to how my mom was available to me, and I’m happy to imagine that one day my kids will look up to me the way I look up to her.

When I grow up, I want to be just like her.

Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mother and to all of you mothers out there who have loved, cherished and inspired your children in similar ways or in totally different ones.

Side Note: While I do hope to be able to be a work-at-home mom someday (hopefully with a nanny, so I can actually work), in no way do I disparage the lifestyles of mothers and future mothers who have found and will find different ways to balance work, life and motherhood. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weave-Along 17: The Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet (again)

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A few years ago, Mirrix’s CEO Claudia Chase came up with a fun and easy way to combine beads and fiber on a Mirrix Loom. Using the shedding device, beading cord, 8/0 beads, silk and novelty yarn Claudia came up with the first Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet.

The project took off almost immediately and has been featured in Beadwork Magazine, Beads, Baubles & Jewels and  in our class on Craftsy.

 


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Treadle Combination Sale Through May

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stand power treadleThe manual treadle made its arrival within the first year of the birth of Mirrix. We loved that treadle and still do. But sadly, we are phasing it out after we eliminate our current inventory. The reason? The Electric Spencer Treadle was born. It’s lighter, much more portable and even easier to use than the manual treadle. It took us a couple of months to work out all the kinks (like figuring out where to get  certain components to guarantee many, many years of use), but we’ve finally done it and we are thrilled.

This new treadle has been tested and tested and the unanimous opinion is that it makes weaving tapestry and/or fiber so much faster on the Mirrix. Since your hands are free to just weave and not change the shed, you can weave twice as fast. It also gives the shed-changing arm a break helping to eliminate shoulder stress.

We want you to have fun with the Electric Spencer Treadle too and so we are offering you some big incentives to jump in and test the waters of “speed tapestry.” 


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New Free Mini Heart Tapestry Wall-Hanging Ebook!

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mini heart tapestryCan you imagine where you’d hang this gorgeous mini heart tapestry wall-hanging?

Start thinking (How about next to your bed? Maybe over your desk?) because we are now offering a free ebook detailing how to make this beautiful and simple piece!

In this ebook you will learn:

  • How to set-up and warp a Mirrix Loom for tapestry weaving
  • The techniques needed to make an adorable heart tapestry
  • How to finish a small tapestry piece

 

Use your own materials or get the kit here (for only $18)

Click here to download the ebook.

Still need a loom? Consider our Heart Tapestry Loom Starter Package or click below for a free loom recommendation!

Mirrix Looms Ambassador Program

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Mirrix Looms Ambassador ProgramToday we are excited to announce the Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms ambassador program!

This 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.

Unlike our Social Market for a Mirrix program, Mirrix ambassadors will not be chosen through an application process. We will be seeking out ambassadors ourselves, looking for artists around the world who fit our criteria.

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

We will be profiling our first ambassador soon!

 

If you do have a suggestion for an ambassador (or think you’d be a good one yourself), you can fill out the form below and we will keep the information on file.

Bracelets, Bracelets, Bracelets

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For #throwbackthursday we’re looking back at some old bracelet projects from around Claudia’s studio. Looking through these projects makes me want to take the rest of the day off and head to my loom! For more inspiration, visit our free projects page!

Bracelet Made on a Mirrix Loom

Bracelet Made on a Mirrix Loom

Bracelet Made on a Mirrix Loom

Bracelet Made on a Mirrix Loom

Bracelet Made on a Mirrix Loom

Bracelet Made on a Mirrix Loom

Bracelet Made on a Mirrix Loom