Mirrix’s Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet is by far our most popular kit and project. Not only is it a beautiful and versatile bracelet, it is so much fun to make and a great project for a beginner or an experienced weaver.
A few months ago we hosted an updated Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet weave-along and have subsequently updated our FREE instructional ebook for this project. This new ebook has better pictures and better tapestry technique explanations.
In the ebook you’ll learn:
-How to set-up and warp a Mirrix Loom
-How to combine beads and fiber
-Some basic tapestry weaving techniques
-How to finish a woven bracelet on a cuff
Click here to download the new version!
In celebration of the availability of this new download, we’re offering $10 off our Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet Kit through Friday (9/14) plus a special Loom and Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet Kit Package with a free 10-dent warp coil that will save you up to $34!
Terms and Conditions:
Cannot be combined with any other offers. Can only be used once. Only valid at mirrixlooms.com. Good only through Friday 9/14/2015.
Note: The loom package will not ship until at least the first week of October, 2015
Click here to learn how to enter coupon codes on our website
If you weave, whatever you weave, you love the materials with which you weave. After all, those materials are the bricks that make your weaving and if those bricks are crumbling and dull, what you weave will embody those traits. Materials that are rich and filled with color and texture and body will make your project sing. Hence, it’s no surprise that I get excited when I wield my paint brush over skeins of silk or receive a box of materials in the mail. Admiring that hand-painted silk once it has dried and put on skeins gives me the same feeling as receiving, as I recently did, a box of crystals. The goal is of course to make something worthy of the materials. It doesn’t have to be an intensely complicated long-term project. It can be something very simple that elegantly incorporates the gems and threads.
To that end, I made the following two woven projects which I would like to share with you.
Okay, you’ve seen the hand-painted silk a million times but I am going to post a picture of them anyway. The crystals are new, at least to me. I have frequently used size 4mm fire polish crystals in my work. This is the first time I’ve used the more delicate size 2mm fire polish crystals. I kept my color choices simple: a couple of versions of gold and just clear crystals.
After having made the simpTle beaded bracelet I realized that it would have been a bit easier to make it with the no warp-ends kit. I whipped out one of my two mini-mirrix looms and warped it up with the kit. I have been using the mini a lot lately. I go through stages but recently I’ve been weaving so much and in so many different places, including bed, that I find the mini is a must have when I really want something very little in my lap. I have even woven silk strips on it because I don’t always use the shedding device when weaving thin silk strips because it’s almost as easy not to reach up and change the shedding device. Plus sometimes I just like to needle weave. It’s kind of that “slow craft” moment, which I’ve been having a lot of lately. I digress.
Why the no warp-ends kit for this simple project? It turns out it is easier (and I am out to prove this point) to fold down the ends of the piece and sew them without those pesky warp end knots and ends. I am glad I tried it without the no warp-ends kit first because it’s very doable and I don’t want you folks who don’t have one and don’t want to buy the kit excluded from this very fun, very satisfying project. That being said, it’s always nice to find an easier way to to do anything. And if you are like me, turning over and sewing ends of things is not your favorite thing to do!
I wanted to make a simple, quick beaded bracelet. I haven’t woven beads in a while because lately I’ve been kind of obsessed with hand-painted silk bracelets and small tapestries. But the beads started calling.
Sometimes I just really crave simple: simple materials, simple design, but great colors. So I wanted this bracelet to be just that.
I decided I wanted to use the same clasp I’ve been using for the hand-painted silk bracelets. I figured out that I needed to use either 11/0 Delica or 15/0 beads in order for the bracelet to fit correctly into the clasp (obviously, smaller beads would work but that’s my limit!).
When/how did you first get into bead weaving? What inspired you to begin weaving?
A few years ago, my youngest daughter learned how to inkle weave at a summer arts camp, and it intrigued me to expand my bead work in that direction. She seemed to enjoy it so much, how could I resist?
During our very successful “Ditch Your Frame” Tapestry Loom sale last week, we heard from a lot of customers wishing we would do a similar sale for bead weavers. You asked and we’re delivering.
Are you ready for a loom upgrade? For THREE days only (Thursday July 16th, Friday July 17th and Saturday July 18th) we are offering a brand new basic bead loom package for up to $35 off.
Click here to learn more and purchase the package!
With a loom, needles, bead mats, crystals and thread you have everything you need to get started. Break into your bead stash and start weaving!
These are big savings you definitely won’t see again for a long time!
-A 5″ Mini Mirrix, 8″ Lani Loom without a shedding device, 12″ Little Guy Loom without a shedding device
–Tulip Bead Weaving Needles
–Set of Two Bead Mats
–Fire-Polished Crystal Soup
–Six bobbins of C-Lon size D thread (black and beige)
For #throwbackthursday we’re looking back at some old bracelet projects from around Claudia’s studio. Looking through these projects makes me want to take the rest of the day off and head to my loom! For more inspiration, visit our free projects page!
Update: This event has closed
Introducing Weave-Along 16: The Spiral Split Split-Loom Necklace
We’ve had a lot of people ask for instructions on how to make a split-loom necklace. That is where the inspiration for this weave-along came from. This relatively simple piece has an ornate feel and would look lovely with anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a fancy black dress. Want to learn the techniques used to make this necklace?
Grab your loom and let’s get started!
April 19th, 2015 – May 3rd, 2015
What’s a Weave-Along?
A weave-along is a FREE online course. Claudia Chase and Elena Zuyok of Mirrix Looms will lead participants through a project woven on a loom. Every Sunday participants will get an email going over what participants worked on week before and giving instructions and tips for the week ahead. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with other members of the weave-along via email and social media sites including the Mirrix Facebook Page, Mirrix Facebook Group and Mirrix Ravelry Page. This is a community event!
Please note you must be using a genuine Mirrix Loom to participate
What You’ll Need:
–A Mirrix Loom, 8″ or larger with a 14 dent coil
-A beading needle (we love Tulip Bead Weaving Needles)
-Three colors of 11/0 Delica beads (10 gram tubes of each color). We used copper, turquoise and purple bead colors, but you can use anything you want.
–C-Lon beading thread (or other beading thread)