Claudia has been experimenting with using two shedding devices to weave tapestry on a Mirrix Loom. We will post more about this later, but wanted to share a few pictures with you!
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Last week was a wonderful whirlwind of meeting people, selling looms and soaking in the merriment that is HGA’s Convergence.
For me, the best part was meeting people. From famous tapestry weaver’s like Janet Austin, people we’ve been in touch with for years but have never met like fabulous weaver/teachers Rebecca Mezoff and Janette Meetze, some of the great people from the American Tapestry Alliance (seriously, what an amazing group), some of our retailers and even customers we’ve talked with many times but never had faces to put to names. I also got to spend a lot of time with my wonderful mother (you may know her as Claudia) and my second-mom Miss Joni Parker-Roach of NOA Gallery, which was pretty awesome.
Meeting the fabulous Rebecca Mezoff, and teaching Claudia & Rebecca what “photo bombing” is.
We got to see a fascinating, eclectic small format tapestry show put on by the American Tapestry Alliance and another show in the same building by TWINE (Tapestry Weavers in New England). Being brought up in the world of tapestry this probably makes sense, but I enjoy seeing tapestries at galleries and museums more than any other art form. You can sit there for 30 minutes and stare at one tapestry and be totally fascinated.
At the show we got to introduce our new Spencer Power Treadle, which was a huge hit. I had a great time showing people how it works.
Here’s our booth, with the new treadle all set up (left).
In the picture you can see the security we needed there for crowd control!
In honor of Mirrix’s 18th birthday (which we were celebrating), we had a drawing to win a Mini-Mirrix. It was a huge draw to our booth, as was the birthday chocolate we were giving away. Above is a photo of the drawing. We had John Marshall, known for his antique and original kimonos and metallic threads -he’s the guy we buy the gold from- (who had the booth across the aisle) choose the winner from almost 300 names. The winner was named Ginny and was from NH! She had actually taken Rebecca’s tapestry class at the show, so it was a great fit! Congratulations again, Ginny!
Thank you to everyone who made this show such a success. The people at HGA were dedicated, helpful and even managed to give us hugs and smile on always-crazy moving-out day. The teachers and weavers were amazing. The people there were amazing. It was a great show! Until next time!
We are counting down the days for this event. Please see their website for more details: http://www.weavespindye.org/convergence2014.
We thought you might be curious as to what we will be hauling there. Since we are limited to two cars and one large table once we get there, we have had to make some serious choices. Of course, we will be bringing looms. Lots and lots of looms. All shapes and sizes. And if we run out of the loom you want, there will be a model available to play with and we will ship it to you at no cost. For those of you who are flying to the event, this might be the best choice for the larger looms.
We will have display stand and one all neatly boxed up. Both will be for sale (the display stand at a discount, of course).
We will have our yet to be revealed amazing new accessory. Not telling you.
Hand painted silk galore. An entire huge basket of it. You get to pick the colors and get increasing discounts for the more you buy. Like dipping into one of those really big crayon boxes but much, much better.
Gold thread. Lots of it.
And entire basket full of those great new two hole beads. Great colors, great shapes, just great.
Buttons. Of course we’ll have buttons!
A limited number of Mirrix accessories. But examples will be there if you need to order online.
We won’t have any of our wooden clips. Sorry, we forgot to have them shipped here. You’ll have to hit the website for those.
Kits. Not our full range, but ones you will love. We will have an entire shelf of them
And did I mention the sari silk ribbon? We will have an example of this done in Soumak knotting on a loom as well as some finished examples. You will want to try this. It’s easy, it’s fail-proof and the product is gorgeous.
I hope I haven’t left anything out. But you can be sure, you will find equipment and supplies you won’t find anywhere else at the Convergence Marketplace!