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Claudia’s Craftsy Class

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It seems like forever ago that Elena and I went to Colorado to create  the “Bead & Tapestry Cuff Bracelet” class.  It was both difficult and exciting.  The Craftsy people were wonderful and held my hand very well.  Elena sat behind the camera giving me silent directions if I got off course.  She knew the drill.  She knew what needed to be said or not said so it was essential to have her there.

The Craftsy crew, from camera people to producers to to editors make-up people, were rather magical.  It was a blur of three days of hard work.  The results were excellent.  The Craftsy editors took 22 hours of filming and turned it into a 6 hour class.

These are the lessons you will find in the class (besides loom set up and discussions about looms in general):

Silk & Bead Affinity Bracelet

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Gold Thread & Bead Affinity Bracelet

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No Warp Ends Bracelet (there are two: the one below and one with just Delica Beads in a simple design for which I cannot find a photo!)

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Tapestry Cuff Bracelet (both simple and complex)

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Where can you find this class?  Here: craftsy.com/beadcuffs

Where can you get the kits? Here you go, everything you need:  http://www.mirrixlooms.com/product-category/craftsy/

Goodbye Old Year: Our Most Popular Posts of 2014

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photo 3In Ukraine, where my husband is from, on New Year’s Eve they say “dasvidaniya staree goad” which means “goodbye old year”. I like the concept of bidding farewell to the old year while welcoming in the new year.

In the spirit of this ritual, here are five of our most popular posts from 2014. It was a wonderful year here at Mirrix Looms but we can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

 

How Easy Is It Too Weave Beads on a Loom?  by Elena Zuyok

Color Theory For Beadwork by Claudia Chase

New iPhone? Weave This Case by Claudia Chase

Tapestry Vs. Rigid Heddles Vs. Jack Looms by Claudia Chase

Tapestry: Painting With Fiber by Claudia Chase

 

Lemko Tapestry – Weaving and Forgiveness

Posted on by Julia Hecht / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Greetings Weaving Friends!!!

Beads are an essential part of my personal healing.  Over the Christmas holiday I created a weaving ritual to work through some trans-generational trauma.  As a Jewish person who has never celebrated Christmas, the holiday can be overwhelming for me, and also alienating.  In addition, my own family’s history in Europe was traumatic during this holiday, as waves of violence swept small Jewish villages during Christmas.

This year, I decided rather than just “get through it” I would create my own ritual to bring beauty and light to the dark negativity that visits me at this time.  So I created a bead weaving on my loom from a textile pattern celebrating the Ukrainian Lemkos people who were neighbors to my mother’s family.   Here is a picture of the original cross stitch pattern and the woven bracelet (in progress) that I derived from it.

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While researching this pattern, I encountered so much beauty that it exposed another dimension of my people’s history and life.  I know that although their clothing was of a more modest tradition,  they incorporated the beauty of the Lemkos people into their own world through the embroidered aprons they themselves made and wore.  I began to meditate on positive encounters between the two populations.  As I,  in the US, picked Japanese Delica beads onto my needle I smiled at the  peace and trade and sharing of beauty between our modern nations,  not so long ago at war.  The same war destroyed my ancestors’ villages in Europe and took my family who remained there.

I let forgiveness rush in.  I let go of the past.

As the beauty grew on my loom, I let the light grow in my heart.

May all peoples feel their connection and wholeness as strands in the gorgeous human tapestry.  May we appreciate the other and share in each other’s beauty, forever and ever.

Amen

(More on the technical aspects of the bracelet in a future post)

Peace and Beads and Weaving,

Julia

Julia L. Hecht, Owner / Designer

Poppyfield Bead Company

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Share Your Story!

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mirrixstoryI love my job, but my absolute favorite part is talking to customers who love their looms. Nearly every day I hear from someone who has discovered his or her love of weaving. To hear how that discovery has brought joy and happiness to that person is always a wonderful feeling. A loom is a simple thing, but it has the ability to bring much happiness to people and we do all we can to facilitate that. Everyone who loves their loom has a story. Maybe it’s a story about how he or she got into weaving or how it helped them through a tough time or brought them closer to another person; but it always touches my heart to hear.

We want to share some of these stories. In the new year we will be featuring customer stories in emails and blog posts, to spread that feeling of creative joy.

If you have a story to share, please let us know! Fill out the form below with a synopsis of your Mirrix/weaving story for a chance to be featured in our blog and in an email newsletter. It’s a great way to share your story and even to show off your work!

Have a question? Email Elena (elena@mirrixlooms.com)


A Mini Tutorial – Hemp and Button Clasp

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

If you can tie your shoes, you can make this clasp!

 

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Greetings Weaving Friends!!!  As promised, I am posting the instructions for the macrame finishing of my Magical Mosaic Cuff.  You can do this using a simple square knot.  It really isn’t difficult.  As I have mentioned before, experimenting with 20 lb hemp warp cords was fun and rewarding.  Visible and bold warps are a  colorful way to add another dimension to your bead weaving on the loom.  The durability, lack of stretch, and array of colors makes hemp a very nice scaffold for heavy beads and the large button.  (If you are looking for a source for hemp click here).  Czech glass buttons are a stunning way to accent your bracelet – and functional as well.  (Here’s a source for my buttons).

In pictures, here’s what you do to create the clasp….

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What to Make for a Last-Minute Gift?

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I’m not typically a last-minute type of person, but I always have last-minute shopping to do during the holidays. This morning, as a looked over my list, I realized that I still don’t have a present for one of my girl-friends. I think I want to make to her something. I thought I’d share a few of my ideas in case any of you are in a similar situation and want to weave some last-minute gifts! Do you have any suggestions for last-minute gifts? Let us know in the comments and share your handmade gift-giving stories!

A Bracelet using the No Warp-Ends Kit
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One of the things I love about the No Warp-Ends Kit is that you can whip out several pieces of the same size with the same kit set-up. That means faster present-production if you have more than one gift to make! Plus, finishing is so easy and fast. I may make a bracelet like our Changing Seasons Bracelet with wire (fun fact: you can get the ebook for this project free with any Mirrix Looms purchase of $10 of more. Learn more here.) or the perennial favorite, the Checkerboard Cuff Bracelet. Get a free instructional ebook for this project here.

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A Mini Tapestry
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This one is a little more time consuming, but a tiny tapestry, like our Scribble Landscape or Heart Mini Tapestries,  is such a wonderful gift that the lucky recipient will cherish forever. I’m not sure I have time to make one for my friend this year, but I wish I did!

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A Wrap Bracelet
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Wrap bracelets are great because they are both super fast and really easy to finish. Try one on silk like this Crystal & Bead Wrap Bracelet!

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Twill

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

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Tonight I will block this twill weaving which as you can see has curled right up on itself.  I think that must be due to my having too much tension on the warp while weaving.  I’m really excited about this side of the weaving, so I think I’ll be doing a lot more twill weaving on my Mirrix in the future.  I liked it, but I wasn’t as excited about the side that was facing me while I wove.  Next time I’ll experiment with tension to avoid this much curl, too.  It’s kind of a nice object as is though, huh?  I like the blue-on-blue twill in the background.  It’s such a nice, subtle change from plain weave.

Janna Maria Vallee

Shipping for Christmas

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Need a loom, accessory, kit or package in time for Christmas?

December 19th is the LAST DAY TO ORDER for Christmas Delivery (within the United States).*

If you order after this date and want a package delivered by Christmas, please email us. We may be able to get it to you with expedited shipping, but will charge the difference in cost for this. 

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Need an instant gift? Try a gift certificate.

*While we will do our best to get your package out in plenty of time, there are sometimes shipping issues that arise with both FedEx and USPS. We have tried to build in some extra time to account for these potential issues, but want you to be aware that ordering as soon as possible is always the best bet to get orders in time for Christmas. Email us if you have any questions or special requests.

*Contact us regarding ship time for international orders.