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Other Bead Looms

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lani loom without sdBy 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.

Those looms:
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.


Making something really cool out of a warp failure

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I have been on a roll weaving hand-painted silk into tapestry cuffs that are backed with ultra-suede and trimmed with beads.  It’s fun, it’s relaxing and I love the final product.  All good things.

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?

Mini silkscapes

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Hey, I’m back!  I took a wee break from posting here since I spent the past few weeks on vacation in Canada, and while there I used much needed babysitting time to apply for art related things (shows, grants etc), which as you may know is a lot of work, but really fun too.  We just arrived back to the US and, as always after a good chunk of time away, I have entered nesting mode.  I spent our whole first day back re-organizing the apartment so I could feel fresh in beginning to plan some upcoming weaving and dyeing installations, as well as posting here again.

Today, as I photographed these wee silk weavings my son Sam who is almost two years old hovered nearby and watched.  I said, “These are my weavings.” And he replied, “Beat, beat, beat.”

Price Increases

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buy now

Raising prices isn’t something we like to do (or do often) but occasionally the significant increase in material costs makes it necessary.

On March 1st, 2015 we will increase the price of the 8″ Lani Loom without the shedding device, 12″ Little Guy Loom without the shedding device and the 16″ Big Sister Loom.

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!

Crowdsourced Yarn List

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I was born a yarn snob. It’s inevitable when your mom is a tapestry weaver. When you’re putting as much time, love and energy into something as you do when you weave, you want to use the best materials you can. But let’s face it, when you’re just beginning with tapestry, figuring out what to use for weft can be difficult and confusing.

We thought it might be helpful to put together a list of what tapestry yarns people use and what sett they warp at. We’ve started putting together a spreadsheet, which can be viewed here.

If you’d like to add to this crowdsourced list, you can fill out this form here.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. We hope this is useful to all of you new weavers!

yarn list

Where’s Your Inspiration?

Posted on by Julia Hecht / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Greetings Weaving Friends!

Tash's grandma

photo and quote source

My friend posted a picture of her grandmother on Facebook. They are Diné (Navajo) and her grandmother is a master weaver. “Margaret Dalton, 91 years old born back in 1923, of Ft. Defiance, Arizona had completed this rug back in the 1950s in time for the opening of Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise in 1961. The rug pictured is actually folded over 4 times in order to hang properly on the wall. It is made of natural dye and woven in the form of a geometric design. The rug measures over 150 feet by 50 feet in width.” (see the source link above).


Silk and Mirrix Loom

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This is what I made.  They took longer than I thought they would but hey I was in the mood for some slow-tapestry (isn’t that kind of redundant!).  I wove both of these on the same warp so I couldn’t cut one off and finish it.  I had to finish both.  The idea was to create a cuff without a brass cuff insert.  I backed it with ultra-suede, sewed on a button and a rubber washer wrapped in silk.  I really can’t wait to make some more.  Let me show you the progression of these pieces if I can sort out all the photos I took over the course of week (and yes that is the the time frame in which these were woven).  Let me also note that I was NOT using a shedding device which made the weaving probably a third as fast as it could have been. Why did I not use the shedding device?  I was using a lot of techniques that weren’t simple weaving over and under singe warps.  I could have put on a second shedding device, which I think I will do in the future so I can easily do both single and basket weave (weaving over and under double warps). I did a lot of Soumack knotting, which I love.  It’s very meditative.   Additionally, I wanted to show that it could be woven on the mini-Mirrix or the 8 and 12 inch looms without shedding devices.


What can you create (with hand-painted silk)?

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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 (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 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.