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For many years I looked for a loom that could create large beaded tapestries as well as the smaller more traditional beadwork. I searched for years for such a loom – I even tried to design one. As soon as I saw the Mirrix loom, I knew it was the one. As a person who is disabled I had to save a long time for the large “Zeus” loom I wanted.
Now with my 38″ “Zeus”, I truly feel I’m doing what I was meant to and I know my great grandparents would be proud of the traditional native beadwork I’m creating. Before my Mirrix, I’d never used a loom larger than the small children’s loom many of us remember but it took me no time to learn and use this dream loom. I’ve had my loom less than a year, I love it so much that I recently purchased a 12″ lap model, so now I have a Mirrix I can use while relaxing in in front of the TV! – Thank you Mirrix!
I LOVE warping now
Two things that have cured my warp-o-phobia….The new step-by-step PDF warping instructions on the Mirrix website and the addition of the bottom warping coil kit.
One of the main reasons than my loom sat on the shelf for so long was that no matter how many times I tried watching the DVD or reading over the printed instructions that came with the loom, I invariably ended up cursing with a tangled mess and a bunch of crossed threads. Couple my inability to grasp the warping sequence with my middle-aged eyesight, and the outcome was defeat.
Enter the bottom coil to the rescue! The double faced tape that attaches the channel for the coil is strong and keeps everything secure and installs in seconds. Warping with the bottom coil was a breeze! The instructions, with step-by-step photos were clear and I really appreciated the page midway through the process that had a photo of what the loom was supposed to look like at that point. I was really afraid because the warping bar needed to be in the back from the start and the old instructions had you start in the front and rotate the bar back after the warping was complete. The new instructions start out from the back, so everything made sense, even to my addled brain.
I had everything warped and ready to go in less than 10 minutes!! Yay!!!!
I now have confidence that I will not be falling behind in my tapestry class due to warp-o-phobia!
Chewiedo from the Mirrix Ravelry Forum
I love both my Mirrix looms for many reasons. They are very portable, particularly the 8″Lani, but the 16″ is also very do-able also. I love the warping (something I have always dreaded on all other types of looms) which is easy, fast and satisfying. It is also wonderful to be able to tension one’s weaving which I have never had on a tapestry loom before. Since I have had these two looms I have had both in use ever since! The shedding bar I have yet to use so cannot comment on that.
I bought the Mirrix Loom soon after I returned to beading, as looming was where my instruction started when I was ten years old. Decades later, the love of looming has not waned. The joy has gone to new heights with the Mirrix. One of my first projects looked like it was doomed when I had twisted threads and could not use the shuttle. Instead, I cut out all the black threads, left all the white threads, and loomed without the shuttle…on the front for one piece, and on the back for the second. I felt I had gotten quite a bit for the time I spent learning to warp the loom correctly. Two pieces from a bad warping! And certainly, the next time I used the loom, the warping done correctly, using the shuttle was a dream. I have made many fabulous pieces with this wonderful loom, and I know it will last a lifetime. This was one of the best investments in beading tools I have made.
Gail H. Devoid, Ph.D.
Need For Beads, Inc.
In a galaxy far, far away, where only serious bead artists dare to
go, you’ll find me, a former Mirrix Virgin, happily zooming my way to
warping nirvana in what can be only called MIRRIX WARP SPEED.
I was so intimidated by statements of tedious and unsuccessful
experiences on a Mirrix. I even posted a plea for
‘warper prayer list’ contacts. Well, my first warping, straight out
of the box….TWENTY ONE WARPS, DOUBLE THREADED, IN LESS THAN TEN
MINUTES including locating the perennially misplaced remote so I
could start and stop the warping DVD.
So, just exactly how did I overcome my fear? I got up before anyone
else so I could claim my place in front of the TV. I turned the TV
satellite off, hid the TV remote, and popped in the warping DVD. I
watched the first track four time and the third track twice. I knew
I needed some sort of recurring reference because it really wasn’t
practical to warp ONLY when in front of a DVD player. I found myself
developing a virtual warping “mantra” in my mind’s eye. I started
humming Viennese waltzes. I developed a physical as well as audio
mantra in the 3/4 time of the music. Throughout the warping, I
could be heard chanting “…up with the thread, U-turn the bar, down
with the thread, U-turn the bar…”. Yes, initially I had some
problems. For example, I dropped one bobbin of thread which my cat
then used for a soccer ball; missed a dent with one thread and caught
the other thread on a hangnail but in the long run, the seemingly
pitiful mistakes were just meaningless and non-lethal beginner boo-
So, my friends, if you are still in Mirrix Virgin Wonderland, fear no
more. Refrain from the caffeine, duct tape the kids outside to a
tree with a DVD player fully loaded with Disney discs and give the
chanting a try. You’ll soon recognize that the Mirrix is built for
BOTH speed AND comfort and you’ll be in warp speed with the rest of
Warp power to the people!
I love it! Absolutely wonderful thing. So easy to work on, beautiful, great shed changing system, and the coil on top is ingenious.
Jori, tapestry weaver in Switzerland
I purchased the Mirrix Tapestry Loom for my sister for Christmas. The loom is wonderful. I looked a all the looms before buying, and this is the sturdiest, best constructed, most logical, and easiest to use. Holds tension perfectly, and there is never a problem with “sagging” . . . the rows stay absolutely straight. I suspect I’ll buy myself one for Christmas next year.
Joy-Lyn Blake, NH
Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you your loom is terrific. I have always disliked small looms because they seem “fiddlely”–you feel as though your fingers are always in the way or too big and can’t get any rhythm going. Your loom is so well designed. I just had to write to say the loom is fabulous. Everything is so well thought out.
Joan Griffin, VA
I love this loom. It is amazing. It IS a work of art.
A satisfied customer
I love my Mirrix Loom. Weaving on it is truly a pleasure. I want to explore all the wonderful things I know it will allow me to do. It IS a work of art, as well as a precision tool.
Claudia tells a story about backing her van over a box with Mirrix Looms inside. Well, the Postal Service managed to that to one I was shipping to a customer a few years ago and while the tire tracks on the box were pretty ugly . . . the loom itself was fine once it was washed and polished.
I am lucky enough to have an engineer perfectionist in my life who also happens to have experience with the type of machinery that is used to create the components of the Mirrix . . . generally he looks at new equipment and says something like “If it makes you happy I suppose it will do.” When he saw the Mirrix and asked the price he said: “that is probably the first piece of fiber equipment you have bought that is REALLY underpriced.”
One last thought, and this is strictly my experience: Even though the Mirrix has been “out there” for a number of years, I have yet to see one turn up in any of the many used equipment sales venues I often visit. That means not only are people buying them, but they are keeping them.
I received my loom from you yesterday and was very impressed. It was much more substantial than I had imagined. Having been a shipfitter on nuclear submarines, I feel that I can recognize quality and substance in a product. Yours has both.
I wanted to tell you that in my workshop at Convergence last year there were several of us in the class that had Mirrix looms. By the end of the workshop five people had offered us money – right there on the spot – to buy our looms from us. We said no, but did give them your name and address. I hope these five people have become customers…I wouldn’t trade/sell this loom for anything!
(In response to the question: ‘If you could only have one loom, what would it be?”)
I would have to say my 16 inch Mirrix if I could only have one (heaven
forbid). It is visually very pleasing to look at, it is lightweight, and
I can do tapestry , multi-harness and bead weaving with minor adjustments to change between the three. It is also VERY portable, and I can weave in
the car. I am even considering taking it on the plane when we fly to Ireland in the fall. Next in line is my little Good Wood mini inkle loom, since it goes in a tote bag and it goes to doctor’s appointments and elsewhere with me.
About the Mirrix Video:
Book Review by Mary Timme
When I first watched this video I was totally struck by how different it was from what I had expected. Of course, I couldn’t say what I expected and all I knew was that it was different. When I watched it a second time, I was struck with how much information was in the video.
This video doesn’t waste a lot of time talking about things the bead weaver doesn’t care about. It gets right down to the necessary tools for making a bead weaving. One of the really nice sections at the very beginning of the video covers the definition of such things as: Warp–the vertical strings attached to the loom, Weft–the string you put the beads on to weave between the warps, Etc. Claudia Chase invented the Mirrix Loom and a friend who is an engineer helped to bring it to fruition.
Then comes the first project: a Bead Soup Bracelet. Again you have to listen carefully and listening with a note pad and pencil isn’t a bad idea. This video isn’t the one you need to get your warp strung (that is the video that comes with the loom), but there are finesse points about tension and warp choices that you don’t want to miss in this video. Also, Claudia talks about the dents or spaces in the springs for different sizes of beads. Most important of all, she shows how to hold the beads in the “V” of the shed and then slip them down. She explains why the first and last row must be needle woven and how to do it. One tip I really liked was tying the first weft thread onto the left side of the loom side to keep it out of the way and still have plenty of thread to make a strong ending tie off to that thread. Or it is conceivable you could have a really long thread left after the tie and store that in a little plastic bag until you were ready to make the footer? And what is a header and footer?, you ask. In fiber weaving this is used all of the time. Because Claudia comes from that background, many of the techniques she uses in beading are from her fiber background. I had heard of the “fiber endings” from my students, but hadn’t seen one in beading. Well now I have. It is an archival way of securing the ends with no glue. You’ll want to see how to do and try it.
In the second project, “A Bead Soup Purse,” Claudia uses different colors of the same size beads. Much of what was covered earlier is gone over again. This time the piece is wider and there is demonstration and discussion of what to do when you think you cannot control a bead string that wide. Because heddles and a shed are used in both projects, there is a lot of information just on bead manipulation in this context. It is good stuff. Stuff you need to know and see. I’d always felt that I was working too hard to get a project done. Now I know I’m not. Watching Claudia fiddle with the beads in the first shed rows (always the hardest part of a project) made me realize I’m doing what needed to be done. That’s powerful, ladies and gentlemen! There are also examples shown of using a fiber and bead cord and how to put it on. There are demos of picot edging, how to use a bead spinner, where to use a doll making needle, and so much more.
The best part of the video is the last project, “Weaving A Pastel Cartoon.” In this section, Claudia talks about learning to see colors–for example, staring at tree bark for a long, long time until you see the colors actually present in the bark–and then learning color theory. She talks about the freedom of using a cartoon in the gestalt of creating a weaving and she talks about series and how to have freedom within the parameters of the series. And more, so much more is covered.
An hour and 45 minutes seems like a long time when you first read that on your video holder, but this hour and 45 minutes is chock full. The camera work is good. The quality is good. I highly recommend this video for people interested in possibly purchasing a Mirrix Loom. This video is well worth the price plus shipping.
I bought a 22″ Mirrix a few years back and then purchased the stand. I use it to weave non-traditional tapestries. I had been drooling over the 38″ Mirrix to work on larger pieces when I was lucky to find someone who was selling a practically new 38″ model. It also came with the foot pedal.
I am not affiliated in anyway with Mirrix … just a completely satisfied weaver who finds the combo of the 38″ model, the stand and foot pedal a boon to my weaving. The foot pedal and stand has allowed me to weave faster and more efficiently.
I too have a large 64″ wide floor loom that I am currently refinishing. It weaves 2 harnessupright tapestry as well as traditional horizontal cloth. Although I am excited about finishing it and weaving tapestry on it, I doubt it will make my non-traditional weaving any easier … in
fact, I’m not sure I will be able to easily accomplish what I do on my two Mirrix looms.
I just finished a 35″ wide tapestry on my larger Mirrix. I decided to check the time it took me to warp it … 1 hour from winding on the warp to attaching the heddles! Not bad.
I wax poetic … but then I just wanted to let everyone know that if you’re thinking about the foot pedal, go for it. And thanks, Claudia, for designing such a great loom. This is not the first time I’ve gone on about the Mirrix … and it probably won’t be the last!
Tony in NY
I have to second those who have endorsed the Mirrix looms. I love my 22 inch loom, and, if I had more room in this house, I’d get a bigger one. I almost bought a Hagen (the owner was selling it to buy a Mirrix, which kind of told me something). I just fell in love with the aesthetics of the Mirrix. My DH is an engineer. This was the ONLY piece of equipment I have ever bought that he told me, with great enthusiasm, was worth every penny I paid.
I am so happy with my 16″ loom. I followed the video, step by step,
and had it up and ready to go in minutes. Anyone who has trouble with tension on other loom, this is the one for you. The first time I loomed, I made a bracelet. When I took it off the loom, it looked perfect. I thought using the size 15 beads would be hard, but the spring for that size bead made it easy. The Mirrix Loom is the most wonderful invention, and you are one of the nicest and kindest people I have ever had the privilege to do business with.
Sincerely, Donna Douglas
I am greatly flattered that you took the time from your busy schedule to
personally assist me and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your
interest and concern with my problem! I assure you that as soon as I have
saved enough pennies, there are additional accessories I would like to
Sincerely, Rene Turner
My tip for other beaders who are contemplating purchasing a Mirrix Loom . . . DON’T let the naysayers sway you by complaining about the price. You get what you pay for and it’s cheap at the price…any size.
I saved-up for mine.Some people have told me how difficult it is to warp…NOT SO…and although putting the heddles on is time consuming at first, and takes patience, the video included in the package is clear and understandable. You really don’t want to miss this marvelous loom.
What turned me around about my Mirrix was first and foremost your willingness to answer every question I had and to work with me. That kind of assistance is rare and precious. Second, through use, I learned that my warps were spaced too far apart to use the shedding device without wanting to cry. It was the single most frustrating experience, made more so because the word out was how easy it was supposed to be. I was using Delicas with what I thought was 16 dpi that turned out to be 14 dpi. I also found that purchasing the extra warp kit and bottom spring kit really helped enormously.
I love my looms now. They are the best made, the most comfortable on the neck and back. There is no loom out there with better tension- bar none! (I’m speaking strictly as a bead weaver) And, the looms come with YOU. That’s the major selling point, right there. (and I mean that sincerely.)”
Natalie Rice Barnes
If you are a loom weaver, this site is the portal to the nirvana of all bead
looms. Mirrix Looms have established themselves as the “best” loom possible to own and with good reason, they support their product. Claudia Chase,President of Mirrix looms listens to her customers and even responds to them. The loom is a piece of art…take a poke around this site to see for yourself!
The Bead Fairies Page
I have been doing loom work, and embroidery work for many years.
I have used every type of loom there is. I have found that I needed
several types of looms depending on the project. I use only Czech,
Italian and French beads on the loom. I use a double warp and 2
needle style for my loom work, which makes it very strong and
stable. I saw a picture of the Mirrix Loom and it looked really good.
Upon further studying I decided to purchase one. The next day I
called Claudia and purchased one. I do a lot of long pieces 50 – 60
inches, so I also purchased the extension bars.
A few days later the package came. I liked it already because it
has ` heft `to it. With in an hour Sara and I had it completely set
up. Shedding device, 2 warp bars and all. I started beading. WOW!
I can’t stop!! Every piece has come out in absolute perfection.
I am a disabled person: with arthritis, heart failure and several
wounds on my body. The Mirrix made my work very easy. I really like
the material that it is made from, all quality no imported Junk.
After a few days I soon learned that this loom is the most
versatile loom I’ve ever used. Any style can be done on these looms
with ease. Sara likes it so much that she’s going to get one in
February. All of my other looms are history! I am a “Mirrix loom
Man”. It’s so nice to see American made quality at a good price!
The superior craftsmanship, portability, stability, and ease of use with the shedding mechanism makes the Mirrix tapestry loom a delight to use.
Julie Allen, WI
I started to write a little thank you to Claudia for the creation of
my Mirrix loom. I deleted that message when I realized I was
learning more than just bead weaving. This is what I discovered
about life during the peaceful hours spent at my loom.
LESSON ONE: PRIDE IN THE PROCESS AND PERSONAL FORGIVENESS I am new
to a Mirrix, having just started in probably mid-March. I have made
one or two sampler bookmark type pieces, but have taken more rows off
the loom than I have taken finished pieces! When I find a mistake
four rows back, I will try to unweave to that point, but am not
surprised when I wind up taking the entire piece off the loom with
the knowledge I am in over my head. However, in this process, I have
found personal pride that I am willing to admit my mistakes, get a
little chuckle from them and take the time to learn from what had
LESSON TWO: REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS I look back at some posts in
which people have wanted instant gratification whilst bead weaving.
That didn’t even happen with pony beads and my Girl Scout loom.
Remember? Seven warps across, made from yarn, and plastic beads the
size of a pencil eraser? Even with that, learning is LEARNING…a
process by which one becomes proficient in a new concept. Eventually,
we got the hang of that loom, but it wasn’t instantaneous by any
means. It saddens me to read posts in which a person appears stunned
or critical that a Mirrix loom didn’t meet their expectations of
instant crafting. That isn’t even reasonable for the Girl Scout loom
let alone this engineered specialty tool known as a Mirrix. If it
can’t be done with pony beads and yarn how can it possibly be done
with 110 size B thread warps and 11/0 cylinder beads?
LESSON THREE: PATIENCE It isn’t that I haven’t gotten a heddle or
two stuck. Nor is it that my long needle came through the warps and
I wound up not “weaving” a length of beads. It’s not that my Mirrix
came out of the box and bonded with me immediately. However, with
patience, I came to appreciate this engineered wonder. A Mirrix can
make art. Beautiful, fulfilling ART. I know I will need to exercise
newfound patience when weaving. I have learned when I find my neck
is stiff from leaning over my work, that I need to step away and go
to the computer to create the next project with my beading software
or just play with a pile of beads until I am rested and ready to
weave again. Or perhaps, weaving is done for the day. But the lesson
of patience lets me step away for the prescribed time and then go
back to the Mirrix when the time is right. The term “get a bigger
hammer” doesn’t align itself with happy bead weaving.
LESSON FOUR: BEING COMFORTABLE WITH WHO I AM AT THIS MOMENT I see
lots of beautiful patterns in books, on the internet, or in this
group’s photo files. Do I think I can create that same piece with my
first try? That would be silly. Everyone started somewhere. To
assume I would be just as skilled is unreasonable, unnecessary and
frankly…disrespectful to those with refined skills. The world has
enough disappointments without my creating ones of my own. My place
in the beading universe is the same as it once was in the baking
world, the sewing world, the driving world and the world of being a
wife and companion. I am new at this and will make mistakes. I’d be
bored and disappointed if I mastered the Mirrix immediately.
AND LESSON FIVE: EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER Maybe I’ve
disclosed a bit too much of myself with this post, but I am willing
to take the risk. I belong to two other groups…one is for beading
software and the other is for making soap. Each group has experts
and beginners. That being said, each group also has its share of
individuals who only ask and those who only advise. What I have
learned is this: Everyone has something to offer. Everyone. Each
experience is unique to the person involved but you’d be surprised
how valuable that experience might be to someone else. So speak up!
Tell the people on the list about the mistakes you’ve made and the
successes you enjoyed. One thing is for certain…no one can laugh
at you more than you can laugh at yourself. Here and in life.
This started out to be a little thank you to Claudia for her skill
and endurance in creating our Mirrix looms. The fact this process
mimics life itself is no surprise. In addition to learning to bead
weave, I have also learned the following:
PRIDE IN THE PROCESS AND PERSONAL FORGIVENESS
BEING COMFORTABLE WITH WHO I AM AT THIS MOMENT
EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER
Where else in the world can you get these life lessons and not have
to recline on a leather couch? How lucky can one girl get?
Take care and thanks again to Claudia,
Quick note to let you know I am really enjoying your loom. Boy, once you get the weaving surface lit well and your splendid self sitting comfortably, it’s an absolute pleasure to weave on–very stable and solid to work against. I really like it, and I’ll tell anyone just how much.
Anne in Chicago
The loom you sent me is just beautiful! The sleek materials are quite handsome and convey the attitude of “seriousness” I prefer in my tapestry tools. I was especially impressed with the loom’s balance and stability as it sits on the table.
Carol Russell, leading tapestry writer and educator, NJ
I purchased a Mirrix loom this past fall and absolutely love it!!!! I’ve never been able to control tension the way this baby does. No, I don’t sell; I just love it.
The loom arrived this afternoon. I am so impressed! It is wonderful, everything one could want in a small loom! I am really enjoying weaving on my wonderful little Mirrix loom—the first time I’ve actually enjoyed weaving a small piece. Always before I’ve gotten frustrated with the equipment.
Kathy Spoering, professional weaver, CO
A tapestry grows as an artistic idea is transformed and shaped through craft ideals. Well-crafted tools enhance the creative experience of making a tapestry. The Mirrix tapestry loom combines the simple elegance of a portable frame with a modern invention. The loom’s strong metal elements withstand the extreme warp tension so important to a tapestry’s quality. Its clever solutions for warping, set control, and shedding are logical and precise. Best of all, the Mirrix stands vertically: the preferred perspective of a tapestry-in progress and the optimum position for bashing down tapestry wefts. A graceful synthesis of traditional weaving methodologies, the Mirrix tapestry loom is itself an example of fine craftsmanship.
Carol K. Russell
Author of The Tapestry Handbook
I recently purchased the 38 inch loom and it is amazing. I was using a frame loom and doing Navajo style weaving on it. I actually ended up transferring a piece that was half finished, dowels and all over to my new Mirrix. Yea, Claudia, you were right. It’s working wonderfully. And a lot faster. I love the shedding device.
Just wanted to introduce myself briefly and say hello. I live in Vancouver Canada and have been looking for sometime to find a really good beading loom. My biggest problem was getting a good tension for weaving. In my goggle search I came across the Mirrix web site and have to say I was very curious as I’d never seen a loom quite like this before. I made
some phone calls and found a local merchant that had one in stock. YAY!! I bought it and also purchased a video called “Bead Weaving Featuring The Mirrix Loom with Claudia Chase”. This video is wonderful and really shows you what you can do with the loom. I highly recommend it.
Setting up the loom did take some time with lots of back and forth watching the video and checking it twice. Took me all day to grasp the concept and to get it right. That first time was a bit frustrating but I stuck with it and am so happy I did. Once I caught on it was a
breeze and I can now set it up quite easily.
Needless to say I love love this loom and dream about all the great beaded projects I want to make on it. The tension is incredible and the shedding device makes it all a breeze. I will never go back to the old style of bead weaving after trying the Mirrix. Thank you so much Claudia for designing the perfect loom!
My first project was to make the Bead Soup bracelet from the package of beads I ordered from Claudia’s website. The colors and selection of beads in the mix are wonderful. Really gave me a sense of what Bead Soup is like. I made 2 bracelets on the loom at the same time. Next I went through my stash and created my own mix and made another bracelet.
All three turned out very nice and I’m now thinking of what I’m going to make next. I have a nice stash of Delicas so want to try working with those. Either another bracelet or maybe an amulet bag.
I’ve posted a couple pictures in the Photo section so you can see what I made. Hope you like them and that they may inspire you to just have fun and create your very own masterpiece!
Sorry this post was rather long but I wanted to share my excitement and to encourage any new members that the Mirrix Loom really is the best loom out there! I look forward to meeting you all and sharing ideas.
Why do I like my Mirrix?
Because it works properly!
I tried 3 rigid heddle looms and two tapestry looms, none of the rigid heddle looms could hold a reasonable level of tension. Either the pawl and ratchet quit under the strain or the warp and take up beams bowed in the middle leaving the side sort of tight and the middle slack. The Tapestry looms were another matter, the Ashford had good tension but was a pain in the posterior to warp, The LeClerc was a vertical rigid heddle and just did not work the way I wanted changing the ratchet and pawl helped some but setting it up with a spaced warp was a task that resulted in bad dreams.
The Mirrix has wonderful tension – I can play a tune consisting of one note only on the warp. I mean I like a tight warp, the beams do not flinch even if the plastic spring strips object. I can get the beams absolutely parallel which is important to me as I do tapestry with very geometrical lines – horizontals and verticals must be spot on.
The Springs are a huge time saver, tension reliever ( mental state) and work perfectly every time. In fact if I use any other loom (Hardly likely) I would buy a spring set for the sheer perfection of the warp spacing.
There are some minor details that are not perfect example the double warping bars can not take the uneven tension and bend under high tension. The top spring and the bottom spring attachments are a little off resulting in the bottom spring being stretched slightly less than the top, becomes a little noticeable with springs above 16 tpi. The heddle system is a pain to set up, so I gave up on it and devised a way to work with a needle rather than a bobbin.
The loom is sturdy, well made and reasonably priced and beats every one of its competitors for tension, portability and elegance.
Charles Gee (who works in Soumack at 22 epi)