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
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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)
In June we asked our community to submit ideas of what they would weave on their Mirrix Loom if they were given some hand-painted silk. We then choose three people to get free silk with which they could try out their ideas. Here is the final project from one of the winners, Kaleigh Everding.
Here was her idea: “I have been contemplating what to start for my next project and I am very interested in working with geometric designs. Everything I have worked on for the past 4 years has been very fluid and curved, so I want to give a try at something new! I have come across some aerial maps of the eastern Iowa countryside where I call home right now. I would use the maps as a guide to create a geometric design and use the silk to blend and define different areas of the final cartoon. In two months, my husband and I will be moving to Utah, so it would be great to weave something that can remind us of where we grew up and met.”
When I read Kaleigh’s description I had a picture in my head of what the mid-west looks like from an airplane; blocks of brown and green and fields and houses and barns and swimming pools. The final project is truly a wonderful representation of that image. Her use of color and technique (has there ever been a better use for pick and pick?) is spot-on. I could stare at this for ages (actually, I have been…)
Her pieces was 21″ x 13.5″ and the silk was used to mark homesteads on the “map”.
Here is the final project.
In June we asked our community to submit ideas of what they would weave on their Mirrix Loom if they were given some hand-painted silk. We then choose three people to get free silk with which they could try out their ideas. Here is the final project from one of the winners, Pinar Miski!
Here was her idea: “I had the pleasure of hosting Sara Lamb for our weaver’s guild back in October. She taught me how to weave knotted pile. If I had the silk, I’d like to use my 12″ little guy Mirrix to weave a small knotted pile panel to incorporate into a woven purse or perhaps a wall hanging. It will either be a spiral galaxy / astronomy design or a traditional Turkish kilim motif (since that’s where I was born).”
We also asked our winners to suggest what colors of silk they wanted. We did our best to accommodate their wishes. Because Pinar was weaving a galaxy we also threw in some gold thread, which she sprinkled throughout the black background like random stars.
Picking out silk for Pinar’s project was a lot of fun. I have always been inspired in my weaving by pictures of galaxies. The colors are so profound. I dug through my stash and came up what I hoped with inspire Pinar as well. I also threw in some gold thread which you can see in the black background.
Pinar had initially asked that we include some black silk but as the universe makes its own rules, we were completely out of black. This was a stroke of luck actually because the background was woven in wool with, as I mentioned, specs of gold thread. The contrast between the duller wool and the very bright, shinny silk was the perfect complement for this piece. Had she used black silk for the background it would have competed with the silk in the galazy.
What also struck me about Pinar’s use of our silk for this particular project is that the mulbury silk we use was originally intended to make knotted pile rugs so in fact Pinar was using it exactly how it should be used. That makes sense. It works perfectly in her piece.
It’s so satisfying to know that those sweet little bobbins of hand-painted silk and gold thread inspired such a breath-taking piece of art.
Here is her final project:
I am going to approach my next subject, Navajo weavings, a little differently. Rather than jump into the history of Navajo weaving, I am going first talk about the weavings themselves and the equipment that was used. In part two of this blog I will talk about the actual history.
I would guess that anyone reading this blog already has some knowledge about Navajo weavings. Whether you’ve read about them, seen pictures of them or, if you’re lucky, have seen the weavings in person, the term Navajo weaving will bring a very specific image to mind. You will remember the stripes and the patterns, the symmetry, the lack of fringe and the density of the fabric. You might also get an image in your head of the vertical looms which are unique to Navajo weaving. Navajo weavings share certain aspects with other weavings, but they also have distinguishing qualities that set them far apart from all other weavings.
Looking at fragments of tapestries online is frustrating at best. Any one who loves fibers knows that there is nothing like seeing fiberart (whatever that entails) in person. Being able to touch it is even better. And being able to see the back, invaluable. Because I cannot see the many Coptic textile fragments in person (and there are many that have survived even from the very beginnings of the Coptic culture, way back in the first century A.D.) it took me qute some time to unravel the first mystery: why did it seem like so many of the tapestry fragments were attached to a linen even weave background? I would like to say I solved this mystery on my own, but in fact I found the answer in a textile text book. I have discovered that some times the most comrehensive explanations for the orgin and structure of textiles comes from text books. They talk about all the geeky details from whether the yarns are S or Z spun, how many plies, what kind of weave, etc. Answers that are not commonly found in history books.
I discovered some new findings. The light bulb appeared. I could use them to make bracelets out of woven silk tapestry. I patiently waited while they winged their way to me and was thrilled once they arrived to find out my light bulb was shinning on something very possible indeed.
I quickly wove a strip of silk tapestry and attached a finding. It was perfect.
We started selling the kit for this a couple of weeks ago and they have been flying off the shelf. The kit allows you to make two bracelets: one half an inch wide and one three-quarters of an inch wide. I thought it was time to write an instructional blog about it in case some of you need some operating instructions to get started (and to finish it).
These deals are valid through Wednesday, July 29th 2015. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Can only be used once. Only valid at mirrixlooms.com.
The Electric Spencer Power Treadle is an electronic foot treadle that changes the shed so you don’t have to do it manually. It’s perfect for weaving tapestry on a Mirrix Loom!
This new treadle (it has been around for barely a year) has been tested and tested and the unanimous opinion is that it makes weaving tapestry and/or fiber much faster since your hands are free to just weave and not change the shed.
It also gives the shed-changing arm a break helping to eliminate shoulder stress.
Now is a great time to invest in a treadle and a Mirrix Loom (or a treadle for your Mirrix Loom): the perfect tapestry-weaving package. Add on a loom stand and you’ve got what amounts to a portable floor-loom!
Get $100 off the Spencer Treadle* with the purchase of ANY Mirrix Loom through 7/29/2015 with code pt-100 at checkout.
Get $60 off the Spencer Treadle* through 7/29/2015 with code pt-60 at checkout.
Click here to learn more about the treadle and to purchase with this amazing deal.
To presume I can impart the Inca history of tapestry weaving in a blog post is of course absurd. I won’t pretend I can even chip away at the surface, but I will try to extract the salient points to give you a sense of what tapestry meant to this huge and ancient culture.