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.
This is a guest post by Rebecca Mezoff
If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that I teach a lot of things about tapestry. There are times when I want to weave something insanely complicated. If I actually let this wish get the better of me, I might end up feeling like this.
When this happens, I go back to some old tried and true tricks. My favorite is regular hatching. If you’ve had a class from me, you’ve probably tried this technique. I used it in the spirals in many of my Emergence pieces and sometimes I just weave it on a sampler to calm down a little bit, dork dedicated practitioner that I am.
This promotion has ended.
The 12″ Little Guy Loom loves playing hide and seek. Today, he’s hiding in an eggshell somewhere on the Mirrix Looms website. If you can find him, you’ll also find a discount code that can be used today only!
Here are the details:
What to do: Find a 12″ loom-in-an-egg in the store section of the Mirrix website. It is the same image as the one you see here.
What you’ll get when you find the loom-in-an- egg: You’ll see a coupon code that you can use for any item in our store for today only.
Happy (or should we say, hoppy) searching!
At the beginning of March we launched a contest trying to find the member of our Facebook Group with the highest Eigenvector Centrality in March (Have no idea what that means? Check out the contest guidelines here.)
We calculated the data, made the graph and have our winner! Note that some people did not enter (or reneged their entries) to the contest. Special shout out to Susan Murry, who helped to make this contest what it was. Her graph is below.
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 name is Terry Hanson and I am an avowed lover of all bead things.
I live in central New York right now, but was raised in “The North country,” Brasher Falls, NY to be precise, and not far from the Canadian border, a land of forests and rivers and long winters. My sisters and I were taught various crafting skills by our mother and grandmother, whose energy and enthusiasm made embracing the craft world a lot of fun.
(left: “Expressions of Blue and Green“)
Well into married life and motherhood (I have three grown boys) I can remember creating some of my first beaded barrettes at the age of 25 when introduced to a bead loom by my sister. It delighted me how quickly I could make a small work of art, and then find a strong sense of accomplishment. I used one of the “bead loom kits” that you can still find at most craft stores for many years.
Years later I asked my husband to fabricate a larger bead loom for me. I needed to create beaded membership badges for a writer’s club known as The Fictioneers. I had to make quite a few of them and my hubby’s loom, while not the prettiest device on the planet, worked great, and so I was able to bead up to 4 of the club badges on this device at one time. (right: “Poppies”)
It was not too long after this that in 2009 I received a surprise Christmas gift,the 16-inch Big Sister Loom from Mirrix!
And boy did that change things. I was very impressed by the sturdy construction and design of this loom. Unlike previous looms the Big Sister sits upright and has great tension control. Also, I found I could now string up to 14 of the club badges on the loom in one shot. As of right now I have made 174 of the badges.
(left: “Morning Glory”)
With lots encouragement from a family member, I then decided to attempt a larger beaded work of art.
Surfing the web I found a few different programs, which I used as a tool to assist me in creating bead patterns from photos. Creating the patterns and choosing the right bead colors can take longer than the weaving of them.
After receiving official permission from the artists who created the original paintings of “Eclipsed” (Nik Helbig) and “Morning Glory” (Hessam Abrishami) I went through the time-consuming process of creating a bead-friendly pattern.
By combining the use of the computer bead program with size 11 Delica bead sample card, I was able to create beaded tapestries on The Big Sister Loom that I’m quite proud of. In fact, “Eclipsed” and “Morning Glory” received, respectively, First and Third Place Ribbons at The Great New York State Fair in 2014.
Last year I received the 22-inch Zach Loom as another surprise gift for Christmas (I’m serious, I had no idea I was going to be so blessed!), and recently created my largest work to date, my beaded interpretation of artist Martina Shapiro’s lovely expressionist painting “Expressions in Blue and Green,” a work that contains 51,072 beads.
I’ve have been working on a Mandala pattern that a close relative has hinted would make a great excuse to crack the 100,000-bead barrier for a single work of art. When I do it, will my Mirrix “Zach” loom be big enough? Or would this need a larger loom like the 28-Inch “McKinley?”
So, how much longer is it until Christmas?
Dear Santa, I swear I’ve been a really good girl this year!
The workshop kind of invented itself. By the end of the day on Saturday we realized that we shouldn’t make two tapestry/bead cuff bracelets. The concept was to teach simple techniques in the first and more advanced techniques in the second. However, the weaving is really two small to explore some of the techniques the students wanted to learn. Sunday became serious tapestry day. Everyone warped their looms at 14 ends per inch, 4 and a 1/2 inch wide. As you can see from the looms, weaving silk at 14 ends per inch is not speed weaving. But everyone mastered some very important concepts namely how to insert and weave four plus (I think one went up to seven) wefts at a time and always be in correct relationship with one another. The students also learned how to insert a new weft (well, you always have to insert wo) between established wefts and how to insert just one weft on either end. They also learned how to replace a weft, how to make sure all ends are at the back of the piece, warp interlock, slit tapestry, weaving bumps and lumps and then outlining them. In short: they got a crash course in the concept of tapestry by doing some very freeform weaving. And of course, they were all amazing.
Fringe is in!
We’ve been getting requests from customers for information on how to add fringe to tapestries. While there may be other ways to do it, “fringe” in tapestry is typically created with rya knotting, which is a Swedish technique used to make pile-rugs as well wall-hangings.
I’ve never experimented with rya before, but thought I’d give it a try. The very basic technique was easier than I thought it would be, and fun to do.
Tapestry weaver Kathe Todd-Hooker (visit her blog here) has done some really neat tapestry pieces with rya, like this one of her dog Chene (Chene is as cute in person as in the tapestry):