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Price Increases

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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!

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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

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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).


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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.


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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.

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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. 

Crafty Resolutions

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2It seems like New Year’s Resolutions usually focus on doing more of what you don’t necessarily want to be doing (like spending more time at the gym, ) or less of what you do want to be doing (like watching television).

This year, my resolutions focus on doing more things I love. Not necessarily “eat more chocolate” (although I’m pretty sure I would keep that one), but more like giving myself more time to pursuit doing things I love to do. Like yoga. And weaving. I find myself so many times not allowing myself a break, and I’m sure many of you have the same problem.

Do you have a resolution this year to spend more time at your loom? What other weaving-related goals do you have this year? Maybe keeping a tapestry (or bead) diary? Learning a new skill? Let us know in the comments!

 

The Best Beginner Loom

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One question we get a lot here at Mirrix Looms is this: “Can a beginner use a Mirrix Loom”? The answer is a resounding, “yes!”

starter braceletOne of the great things about a Mirrix is that you can learn and grow with your loom. As a beginner, when you get your first loom, you may be starting with beginner projects like our Starter Bracelet or a Tapestry/Bead Cuff. Soon, though,  you’ll be advancing to weave pieces like our Heart and Scribble Tapestries or our gorgeous Beaded Purse.

From there, the sky is the limit! A Mirrix Loom offers you a professional quality foundation to grow your craft/art. Plus, a Mirrix is an incredibly versatile loom. This means you can decide you want to get into beads when you started with tapestry or tapestry if you started with fiber or that you want to weave with wire or begin making mixed-media pieces.

Another question we get often is, “Which loom is best for a beginner?” There really isn’t an loom coloranswer to that. Any of our looms will work for a beginner. The difference between most of our looms is simply size. If you’re a beginner who wants to eventually make very large pieces, you may want to invest in a larger loom. If you’re an expert who only makes small pieces, a smaller loom will be best. That said, most beginners decide to start on the small side since those looms are less of an investment financially. Our 8″ Lani Loom, 12″ Little Guy Loom and 16″ Big Sister Loom are the most popular looms for beginner bead and tapestry weavers.

Want to learn more about how to weave beads and fiber on a Mirrix? Check out these videos:

If you want to get a Mirrix, but aren’t sure which loom is best for you, fill out our “Get Help Choosing a Loom” form and we’ll give you a personalized loom recommendation! 

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/