We will be hosting our third webinar, which will focus on tapestry weaving and will feature special guest Rebecca Mezoff and Mirrix CEO Claudia Chase.
This webinar will cover:
- Discussion of what tapestry weaving is
- A brief history of tapestry weaving
- Why a Mirrix Loom is a good choice for tapestry weaving
- Tapestry resource information including books and classes (on and offline)
Let’s Talk Looms is a new blog/social media series by Mirrix Looms. Every Monday we’ll post a new weaving-related discussion topic that we’ll talk about here in the comments on the blog, on Ravelry, Twitter (with hashtag #letstalklooms), Instagram and Facebook!
Today’s question: What was the first bead or tapestry piece you ever wove? Or, if you haven’t woven anything yet, what are you planning as your first piece?
It’s a long shot, but we are hoping to get a $100,000 grant from Chase to help our company grow. From a physical retail store to offering more classes and having representatives at more shows, we have lots of ideas of how to spend the money!
We’d love for you to show your support for Mirrix by helping us get the 250 unique votes to qualify.
Click here to vote and thank you for being an integral part of Mirrix!
This program hopes to unite Mirrix Looms (both the company and the products) with talented bead and tapestry weavers from around the world. By connecting these gifted artists, quality weaving equipment and the networks of both, the hope is to simultaneously increase awareness of each ambassador and of Mirrix products.
Unlike our Social Market for a Mirrix program, Mirrix ambassadors will not be chosen through an application process. We will be seeking out ambassadors ourselves, looking for artists around the world who fit our criteria.
Each ambassador will have a unique role, but you can expect instructional blog posts, project ebooks, inspiration and more from these amazing artists.
We will be profiling our first ambassador soon!
If you do have a suggestion for an ambassador (or think you’d be a good one yourself), you can fill out the form below and we will keep the information on file.
Introducing a NEW Mirrix Loom: The Automatic Mirrix.
Plug it in and this new Mirrix runs completely on its own! All you need to do is send your design to the loom, ready the supplies and the Automatic Mirrix will do the rest!
-Sitting for hours in front of your loom
-Picking up those tiny beads
-Having to learn tapestry techniques
Make anything from beaded bracelets to beautiful tapestries with the click of a button!
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 ([email protected]) 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.
I 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 ([email protected])
Some of us are blessed with friends and family who just know how to choose the perfect gift. They are savvy at picking up on subtle hints and know exactly what you like. But sometimes our loved ones need a little hint about what gifts we’re dreaming of.
This is where our fourth-annual holiday hints program comes in! Fill out the form below and we’ll email the person you specify and give him or her a little hint about what you’d really like this holiday season!
This year, “Loomy” (a 22″ Zach Loom) began a journey across the territories of Himalaya with Art Across Frontiers. Loomy has been meeting artists and weavers everywhere he goes and is helping to spread creative knowledge across and within these cultures. Check out some of the beautiful images from Loomy’s journey so far and the beautiful rugs these artisans have made.
Interested in learning more? Contact Art Across Frontiers and consider helping to fund this amazing journey.
Nostalgia brought on by our recent attendance at Convergence (the Hand Weaver Guild of America’s every two year event) lead me to do some research to rediscover my tapestry past. Searching for “Tapestry Tool Box” I found a letter from Marti Fleischer who was the editor for The American Tapestry Alliance newsletter from 1994 to 2002. I met Marti through mail and maybe even phone conversations, and soon I was writing a column for the ATA newsletter (back in the days when it was mailed to all its members). In her good-bye letter as editor she mentions that column: “In 1994 we began running The Tapestry Toolbox written by Claudia Anne Chase. The article, which continued several years, lent insight into questions about looms and all related tapestry paraphernalia.” I apparently also became a member of the ATA Board. Thank goodness for the internet to kick start my past! The ATA began in 1993.
I first met Marti in an elevator the day I arrived at my hotel to attend that first Convergence (it was the first Convergence for ATA as well!). I was wearing a long silk dress and my long dark hair hung way past my waist. Because there was no room in the elevator, I stood on my suitcase. Marti walked into the elevator and I recognized her right away (don’t ask me how; maybe I had seen a photograph of her). I said hello and told her who I was. She looked up at this six foot tall woman (remember all 5 feet 2 inches of me was standing on a suitcase) and she said: “Oh my gosh, I thought you were Cher!”
Those three years of articles are buried somewhere in my attic. I have no idea what they were about!
I will never forget that first Convergence. I traveled there by car with three other weavers (I was the only tapestry weaver). I was living in Wisconsin and Convergence was in Minneapolis. The year was 1994.
My greatest memory of the event was attending the the tapestry exhibit and the Small expressions exhibit. The only huge tapestries I had ever seen before included images of unicorns and castles. This exhibit was mind blowing. Most of them were huge. And every single grabbed my full attention. I had to tear myself away. For examples of tapestry please check out the ATA artist page: http://americantapestryalliance.org/artist-pages/ Plan on going back again and again. But there is nothing like seeing these pieces in person so if there is ever an American Tapestry exhibit near you GO. Once you get there, they will have to force you to leave.