I can’t seem to stop weaving silk (which, by the way, is on sale until that big day with a heart involved). But lately the finishing is as much fun as the weaving. I’ve showed you this one before, but this time Elena took the photographs and put them in a neat little package. I love it. And of course I need to pause here to remind you that I will be teaching this sort of thing at NOA Gallery on March 14th and 15th in Groton, MA. http://www.mirrixlooms.com/noagallery/ We have a few more spots, so don’t hesitate to sign up.
When I was a little girl, my mom made me a tapestry that hung in my bedroom all through my childhood. It was a simple tapestry, just a heart on a white background, but it is one I always have and always will treasure because of what that heart represents.
This Valentine’s Day, give a heart tapestry to someone you love just like my mom did all those years ago with our Heart Tapestry Loom Starter Package.
In this package, you’ll get:
- A 12″, 16″ or 22″ Loom with shedding device
- A Mini Heart Tapestry Kit
- 100 Heddles
- A Heart-shaped Tape Measure
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy snow day!
While you’re cooped up inside, we hope you are able to spend the day weaving to your heart’s content. If not, we’re offering the next best thing:
A BLIZZARD sale!
Get 10% off ALL looms and loom accessories (excluding those already on sale) with code BLIZZARDLOOM at checkout.
Plus, get 20% off the Spencer Power Treadle if you buy it alone with code BLIZZARDSPENCER, or 30% off it if you also buy a loom (plus 10% off that loom, by using both codes together).
I’m pretty sure that’s the biggest discount we’ve ever done!
If you missed our once-a-year holiday deals, this is the next best thing (or in the case of the loom and treadle, even better)!
Terms & Conditions:
Cannot be combined with any other offers
Can only be used once
Mirrix Looms reserves the right to deny, or change any discount
Expires at midnight PT on 1/27/2015
Only valid at mirrixlooms.com
If you purchased before this deal launched, we cannot give you this offer
By Mirrix CEO Claudia Chase (This post is adapted from a post from the post “Bead Looms” written in 2009)
I was just playing around here and at other bead sites looking at other bead looms. What I found: there is a standard model for many bead looms and most are made of wood of varying degrees of strength, beauty, value and a few are made of light metal like the ones most of us had when we were kids.
1) allow you to put on one plane of warp or have roller beams so that you can advance the warp
2) have the warp attached at either end to a single nail or more
3) provide a spring at either end through which the warp is spread out evenly.
This weekend I warped up my loom with the intention of weaving two strips of tapestry for two cuffs. I was having a great time weaving when all of a sudden, while adding just a little more tension, four warp threads snapped. Yeah that can be an issue with the Mirrix sometimes. You can get so much tension that if you go overboard, you can break the warps threads. Hasn’t happen to me a lot, but I was due for a disaster. So much for weaving two strips of tapestry for two cuffs. So much for even having one strip of tapestry for one cuff since the pieces was way too short. And then I got an idea: What if I extend the tapestry strip with something else. I thought about beads, but that didn’t seem to fit into the theme. The light bulb over my head screamed: silk wrapped O-rings which would also allow the cuff to fit a range of wrist sizes. I then attached the button to another silk wrapped O-ring so it extended farther (this strip was too short by a full 2 1/2 inches.
Turns out I liked it better than the longer ones without the O-rings. The O-rings make it much more interesting.
I might continue to make my silk tapestry strips shorter and add the O-rings. Just for the fact that one can then adjust the cuff to one’s wrist size is a big plus since I will be selling these cuffs in a gallery.
What things have you done to turn your failure into a greater success?
Raising prices isn’t something we like to do (or do often) but occasionally the significant increase in material costs makes it necessary.
The 8″ Lani Loom without the shedding device will go up to $175
The 12″ Little Guy Loom without the shedding device will go up to $205
The 16″ Big Sister Loom (with the shedding device) will go up to $290
If you have one of these fantastic looms on your wish list, now is the time to buy!