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:
There are two types jewelry most women have: The jewelry you wear all the time and the jewelry that sits in your jewelry box waiting for a special occasion. This bracelet, made of silk and crystals, falls into that first category. In fact, you’re never going to want to take it off your wrist.
For our eighteenth weave-along, we will be making this gorgeous bracelet.
What’s a Weave-Along, you ask?
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 had been worked on the 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 in these Mirrix-sponsored events.
When? Where? How?
September 13th – September 27th, 2015
September 13th- 19th: Warping & Weaving
September 20th – 27th: Finishing
Between August 19th and September 1st, for every 15 looms we sell (on www.mirrixlooms.com) we will choose one customer who purchased a loom during that time period to receive a $50 credit to the Mirrix Store.
This means when you purchase a loom, you have a very good chance of getting $50 extra to spend in the Mirrix Store on kits, accessories and more!
Terms and conditions:
Anyone who purchases a loom (including Craftsy looms and loom packages) retail from mirrixlooms.com between August 19th, 2015 and September 1st, 2015 (ET) will get ONE chance to win per loom purchased.
We will randomly choose one winner for every 15 looms we sell.
Winner/s will be emailed on September 2nd.
Are you ready to GO BIG?
For FOUR days only (Wednesday August 5th – Saturday August 8th) we are offering a brand new basic tapestry loom package with any loom 22″ or larger for up to $80 (actually, $81) off. That’s a discount of 15% off the retail price of each loom.
Take advantage of the price while you can!
Please take the time to read the terms and conditions below
Terms & Conditions:
Cannot be combined with any other offers
Only one loom package per customer
Mirrix Looms reserves the right to deny, or change any discount
Expires at midnight on August 8th, 2015
Only valid at mirrixlooms.com
This deal is only valid for purchases of this loom package on August 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th, 2015. These discounts CANNOT be applied to orders made before these dates.
I happen to have a bit of expertise regarding this last point and I thought I would share a few tips for artists and crafters looking to sell their work online.
1.) Be visible.
This may seem obvious, but a strong and varied online presence is important to your success selling online. Don’t rely on just one platform to share your work. A website and/or blog is typically the foundation of any online presence. You can use it to tell your story, share your work and even sell. If you choose to sell instead on a site like Etsy or ArtFire, a website or blog is still important to bring customers to your selling page. You should also maintain a diverse presence on social media sites. Consider creating accounts on Facebook, Ravelry, Weavolution, Pinterest, Twitter and/or Instagram. Remember to not start with more than you can handle, though, as you want to keep these accounts active. A social media account can be a very powerful tool, but only if you use it consistently (more on that in tip five!)
Looking for a cheap/easy way to get started with a website? Consider an easy sitebuilding program like Squarespace or Weebly. If you’re looking for something free, WordPress and Blogger both have free blog or site options.
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.
Are you in the Seattle area? Mirrix CMO Elena Zuyok (that’s me!) will be teaching a basic textural class at Weaving Works in Seattle, WA on August 15th, 21015.
The class is will be a very basic beginner class. We will go over warping a Mirrix Loom with a shedding device, the basic concepts of tapestry (sett, shed, line), a few techniques and how to finish a tapestry as a wall-hanging.
We have chosen some beautiful textured neutral yarn and roving and will also have a few colored accent yarns available to choose from.
You will go home with a completed tapestry!
Lately there has been a huge resurgence of interest in tapestry weaving, especially tapestry of a certain aesthetic (a tendency to use neutrals, roving, textured yarns). It is my hope to capture those interested in this type of tapestry and teach them some of the basic building blocks of the art form.
I think this is going to be a really fun class, and it’s offered at a great price. Join us!
Have a question? Feel free to email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org!