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Customer Stories

Click here to read some messages from customers and fans for Mirrix’s 18th birthday

I am relatively new to Mirrix looms. But I am a big fan for a variety of reasons. I am a very busy nurse practitioner and since my job is very stressful I rely on some type of artwork to help me decompress at the end of my 10 hour days. About 10 years ago I went to a bead fair and on a whim bought a simple little ojibwa bead loom. I loved it! I made several beaded hat bands, and completely loved it. But at the time we didn’t have a local arts and crafts store and seed beads were hard to find. So the loom was put away and I went on to other things.

I am a fairly accomplished silversmith, but that envolves going outside to my studio, and most nights I’m just not up to it. So about 4 years ago I bought a rigid heddle loom and a. Spinning wheel and joined a local spinning guild.

I went along with the spinning and weaving until the meeting that I was introduced to tapestry weaving. I was in love. I started researching looms and told my husband that I thought I wanted a Mirrix so I could do both tapestry and beadweaving. He bought me my Little Guy loom for our anniversary last year and have never looked back. It goes everywhere with me. Even to silversmithing classes. I am presently working on combining the beadweaving and silverwork.

I also have another reason for loving Mirrix looms. Not only are they well made and easy to use, but I really appreciate the fact that they are made in a sheltered workshop. I have 2 handicapped adult children who also attend a shelter workshop.

I can’t say enough good things about Mirrix.

Lezlie Russell

Hi,
I have been working on the projects in the Craftsy course on Tapestry Cuffs. After watching the video the first time, I knew I had to have the Mirrix loom. I’ve worked with other looms, all on a small scale (beading and tapestry), and the Mirrix loom looked like an wonderful step up. I have not been disappointed! I purchased the 12″ loom (and beads and fibers), and I’ve followed the video and written instructions for each project. I have just woven the header for the first real tapestry cuff project, after warping the loom and placing the heddles, and I never fail to be impressed by the ingenious design. The warping process is super easy, the tension adjustment is great, and the shedding device is amazing. And Elena, your quick response to my questions has been invaluable…talk about product support!
Thank you Claudia and Elena for a great product.

Lorraine Kramer

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!

C Beaton

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.

Judy Flanders

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.

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.

Ann Dillon

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.

Wheat Carr

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.

Alden Butler

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.

Sharon

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.

Carolyn D.

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.

Pat Welch

Hi Claudia,

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!

Steve

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 just happened.

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
REASONABLE EXPECTATION
PATIENCE
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,

Sue

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.

Debbie Bednarek

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.

Jo

Hi Everyone,

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.

Betty

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)

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-boos.

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 us.

Warp power to the people!

Sue

Hi Claudia,

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

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Tell us a little about yourself: I am retired. I live in the beautiful country of Costa Rica, in a small pueblo high in the mountains, surrounded by coffee fields. For looming inspirations I have only to look out the window at the coffee fields, the volcano in the background, and all the astonishingly gorgeous flowers. In the past, I engaged in various careers including, school teacher, college professor, paralegal, and business owner.

What arts, crafts and/or hobbies are you interested in and how did you get interested in them? I began sewing at the age of five and also learned to embroidery and crochet as a child. As a young adult, my sewing interest turned to quilting, which has now been a passion for many years. I taught quilting before I retired. I learned to knit as an adult, which I continue to do. My interest in beading came through beading on my small quilts and then I began to make jewelry. I enrolled in several jewelry classes on Craftsy.com, where I discovered Claudia’s class on beaded tapestries and cuffs.

Did anyone in your family do any crafts? Which crafts? Did this inspire you? My mother sewed, crocheted, and knitted. My primary inspiration was my Aunt, who was the one who taught me to sew, crochet, and quilt.

What type of weaving do you do? (Bead? Tapestry? Mixed-Media? Etc.?) I am a novice weaver and want to try it all.

What got you into weaving? I had decided that, even though I have enough uncompleted quilting, knitting, and crochet projects to last for my lifetime, that I wanted to learn something new. I have severe degenerative arthritis and my projects have had to evolve to meet the challenges I face. For example, I now quilt by machine, rather than by hand. I love making jewelry, especially off-loom bead weaving, which has now become a challenge. The Mirrix Loom has been a miracle for me, allowing me to create things I never could have done otherwise. I am now addicted to weaving and other projects are falling by the wayside!

How long have you been weaving? About six months.

What projects have you done on a Mirrix Loom? So far my weaving has been confined to Infinity Bracelets, beaded and tapestry cuffs, and beaded bracelets.

What projects do you hope to do on a Mirrix Loom in the future? Larger beaded items and I’m eagerly awaiting Claudia’s new tapestry class on CraftArtEdu.com

Why did you choose a Mirrix Loom? I first saw it in the Craftsy class. I researched other looms on the internet and found that the Mirrix was the perfect loom for me. I am so glad I made that decision.

Do you have a website, Etsy page or social media site you’d like to share? Not yet. I’m working on that. I am an active member of the Mirrix Looms group on Facebook.

Tina Bird

Visit Tina’s website: http://www.kardiac-kitten.com– blog, tips & tricks, gallery – It’s under so much construction that visitors should wear a hard hat, but it’s getting there!

 Tell us a little about yourself: I started my professional life as an astronomer, but the federal budget cuts in the mid-1990s meant jobs were harder and harder to find. So I took advantage of the non-astronomy skills I learned along the way, and went into computer and network administration. In 2000, I moved to Silicon Valley to work at a computer security start-up. In 2008, I got married, and my husband and I moved to Austin, Texas, where he’d been hired to work at an online gaming company.

What arts, crafts and/or hobbies are you interested in and how did you get interested in them? All of them! What usually happens is that I’ll get an idea for a piece of jewelry or a picture in my head, out of the blue, and then I have to figure out what I need to learn to actually create it. My first love was sewing, everything from bathing suits to wedding dresses. I love knitting lace, but that’s not the most practical hobby for someone who lives in Texas. I do a lot of off-loom beading, especially beaded beads and bezels for found objects. I dabble in Precious Metal Clay and wirework when the mood strikes, but I’m a novice in those areas.

Did anyone in your family do any crafts? Which crafts? Did this inspire you? Nearly everything in my life has been inspired by someone in my family. Growing up, my mother sewed clothes for my sister and I. My grandmothers on both sides of my family crocheted – one of my most treasured possessions is the afghan my paternal grandmother, Eve, gave me when I was the first of her grandchildren to get married. [Luckily for me, I didn’t have to give it back when I got divorced.] My grandmother Eve was also a dedicated rock hound. She took me to all kinds of rock shops when I was a kid. She loved to make jewelry for her family, not very fancy by today’s standards, but still the things that set me on my current path. She was also fascinated by astronomy and the space program – that’s what I studied in college, and there are a lot of moons and stars in my jewelry designs.

What type of weaving do you do? I weave beads! I know that someday I’m going to get swept away by weaving fabric, because it combines so many things that I already love. That’s going to be a life-changing event. For now I’m making small tapestries and bracelets, and loving every bead of it. My family laughs at me because I’ve made so much jewelry that I can’t possibly wear it all. Some of it gets turned into presents, and sooner or later I’ll probably try to sell some of it. I finally figured out the other day why I haven’t been more interested in making money from my work. My “big” projects tend to be very biographical – I can look at a necklace or bracelet and tell you where I was when I made it, where the beads came from, who was with me, all kinds of unexpected emotional symbolism. This discovery about myself is what got me back into loom weaving. My mother died five years ago, and since then I’ve been struggling to find ways to express all the varying emotions I’ve been experiencing (because I feel like I’ll explode if I don’t!). At first I thought writing would be all it took, but I found that the words I was trying to use just weren’t “big” enough for what I was trying to express. Whereas if I spent a month or two designing a pattern for my loom and then weaving it, finishing it, framing it, anyone who saw it would (I hope) immediately see the depth of my feelings for the subject. You don’t spend a hundred hours on a subject that has no meaning to you.

How long have you been weaving? This also goes back to Mom. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. I showed her how to string necklaces. She loved all the wonderful beads. She loved to make personalized presents for her family and friends. The two of us registered to take a loom weaving class at the local bead store – this would have been June 2009. Mom couldn’t go; she was in the hospital, at the beginning of what would turn out to be her last couple of months. But she insisted that I go, and so I did. I was immediately in love, mostly because loom weaving gave me so much more potential for selfexpression than off-loom stitches that are less representational. [Well, beaded beads do a good job of representing my inner geek, but that’s a different story.] It’s taken me a while to really get up to speed with loom weaving, mostly because I wanted to create patterns from photographs, and that’s not easy to learn. But from the beginning I was making pieces inspired by ancient Egypt, by the many cats in my extended family, really by just about anything that caught my eye. I’ve got no talent in terms of sketching or drawing, but for some reason if I’m staring at a blank sheet of graph paper, rather than a blank sheet of paper, I can make bead patterns.

What projects have you done on a Mirrix Loom? I started out with several books of needlepoint patterns, and a lot of ancient Egypt in my head. My first few pieces were panels for notebook covers, a Tarot deck case, bookmarks – little things that weren’t too intimidating. But my goal was always to be able to do larger pieces taken from my own photography, pieces that would be meaningful for me and my family. I’m currently finishing my largest piece yet, a tapestry of my cat Squib who died earlier this year. It’s very therapeutic; I almost feel like she’s here with me (probably because before she died, she was always curled up next to my desk when I was working). This portrait expresses her importance in my life in a non-verbal way that nonetheless is accessible to nearly everyone who sees it. A labor of love.

What projects do you hope to do on a Mirrix Loom in the future? Christmas presents! I have several other pictures of Squib – 2014 is my year of the cat — but I’m also working on designs which will eventually be gifts to family members. For instance, my aunt and uncle own a bookstore which is housed in a historic building in South Bend, IN (where I was born). It’s a lovely building and will make a lovely tapestry. My favorite photographic subjects are old buildings, and flowers, so I see a lot of old buildings and flowers – and cats — in my future weaving. I also want to work out a few different fonts so I can bead quotes or bits of poems or whatever without having to come up with a new lettering scheme every time.

Why did you choose a Mirrix Loom? There are a lot of bead looms out there. And like most other weavers (I assume), I started out with a small, inexpensive one. It was just enough to make me realize that I needed a loom which was more flexible in terms of size and type of weaving. The Mirrix looms let me create tapestries over a wide range of sizes – from bracelets to epics – without having to lock myself into any particular size or style. The Mirrix looms are expensive relative to the rest of the market, but it’s just like any other tool – you get what you pay for. I have two looms now, the Big Sister and the Lani, and I’ll be using them for the rest of my life. I don’t see that kind of solid construction and longevity in most other commercial looms. It’s easy to set up the Mirrix for a lot of different styles of weaving, and to make adjustments while you’re working on a piece. I am a better weaver, because my loom is a well-designed, solid tool that adapts to what I need during the whole course of a project. Another huge issue for me is ease of use, in terms of the actual weaving. I have rheumatoid arthritis, which mostly affects my hands and wrists. It’s easy to make small changes in the positioning of the Mirrix as I work, which is the best way to keep my hands from feeling strained. I’ve used my old loom once or twice since I got my Big Sister from Mirrix. It just made my hands hurt. (The downside is that other parts of my body – particularly the one I sit on – get abused, because I lose track of time so easily when I’m weaving. Although I haven’t done it much yet, I’m looking forward to mixing my yarn stash and my bead stash together. I’ve got an awful lot of yarn that’s not being made into sweaters, now that I live in Texas. I have no idea what I’ll make, yet, but the tapestries I see being made by other Mirrix users are very inspirational.

What arts, crafts and/or hobbies  are you interested in and how did you get interested in them? Over the years, I have dabbled in a variety of crafts…..the dabbling settled on leatherwork as my main avocation.  Growing up, I did some leatherwork just growing up on a dairy and horse farm. I got a bit more serious with it while I was teaching economics at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The 20 some years following that, I would come back to leatherwork when I could, i.e., could get supplies, while overseas. When I retired in 2006, I found a ready source of materials and returned to leatherwork with a vengeance, leading to my opening a storefront just over two years ago. The leatherwork eventually brought me to beading and my Mirrix looms.

What type of weaving do you do? (Bead? Tapestry? Mixed-Media? Etc.?)  So far, I have only done bead weaving, but the tapestry and mixed-media looks interesting and may be calling to me.

What got you into weaving? As mentioned above, my main craft is leatherwork. I kept seeing beadwork combined with leather and loved the look and figured “I could do that”.

How long have you been weaving? About a year to 18 months.

What projects have you done on a Mirrix Loom? I have done woven beads for use on hatbands and bracelets/cuffs and one piece that I call a necklace, but I’m not really sure if it is or not.

What projects do you hope to do on a Mirrix Loom in the future? Who knows!

Why did you choose a Mirrix Loom? When I had that thought…”I could do that”….I started doing research on how to do beads and settled on the use of a loom. Research regarding looms, led me to Mirrix…the obvious quality and fantastic reviews of the Mirrix Looms convinced me to make my first purchase (a Little Guy) then later my second (a Lani). I haven’t regretted the purchases….except for the eye strain ( :) )


Visit “Ric’s Leather” on the web here and on Facebook here.

What arts, crafts and/or hobbies are you interested in and how did you get interested in them?I retired in 2006 and had hoped to get into my fully equiped woodworking shop, but fate in the form of Asthma intervened some years earlier and I had turned to fabric art as a possible solution to keeping my hands busy and my mind occupied. I started off with crochet, then living in the remote boondocks started to spin my own yarns. However in time the wool caused the Asthma to attack again. I switched to cotton and now do my own plying and dyeing.

Did anyone in your family do any crafts? Which crafts? Did this inspire you?
My Father did all sorts of stuff made wooden puzzles, superb caligraphy and so on. My Mother knitted (and drove me nuts with the click, click of the pins) It did not inspire but I spent many years making and/or fixing machinery and then more years making items for the Tourist /Souvenir trade.
What type of weaving do you do(Bead? Tapestry? Mixed-Media? Etc.?)
I started off with Tapestry but was disappointed with the lack of control and the difficulty of getting clean outlines to say nothing of the numerous rules, and the weaving “police.” I wanted a style that would allow vertical and horizontal lines and the precise placement of a single ‘pixel’ of color. I slowly developed an interest in Soumack or Swedish Knotting and am slowly working my way through transl

ating the techniques of Formal Tapestry in to this way of working.

What got you into weaving?
I found that I was amassing a collection of yarn that needed to be used. I will not knit, I can crochet but the results are limited in many ways. Thus I started to weave cloth, Inkle weaving and so on. A bit of tapestry, then rugs in various Soumack styles and at last into Soumack Tapestry.

How long have you been weaving?
Hard to say probably since about 2005

What projects have you done on a Mirrix Loom?
I bought and cursed 4 looms (which shall remain nameless) 3 were expensive but not able to maintain or even reach a decent level of tension, one could but it was way too big for a small apartment. I knew that I wanted something with a strong sturdy metal top and bottom, made do with a copper pipe job but awkward and irritating. Then I found the Mirrix and life started to be a pleasure again. I started off with a simple over two under one weave/stitch all going the same way – working always from left to right. Mirrix kept it beautifully straight until I cut off the warp and it went to 30 degrees out of straight vertical. Lesson number one – always do a balanced weave left to right then right to left. Lesson two was that I could not get the gradation in color I wanted from DMC Embroidery floss. Solution dye my own cotton so six months later I had a wall covered with a hand built shelving unit and almost 1,000 skeins of cotton dyed to my own specifications personally.

The next challenge was to see if I could make a straight line and a graduated color field and the result is the “Scarlet Meander.” In that piece I had worked out how to deal with vertical slits. I wanted to see if I could use this approach to deal with both vertical and horizontal slits. I was very unhappy with the way traditional tapestry had to deal with horizontal and vertical lines. Thus I poked around for a design that would test my new technique to the limit. The piece entitled “Greek Sunrise” was completed recently and apart from some slight mishaps b

ecame a learning experience and a vindication of both Horizontal and vertical lines. Dealing with up to 50 changes of thread in a row was a challenge, slow and tedious as it was, the result was worth the effort. The next step in this process was to see if I could work from a cartoon and that piece is coming to completion. It is to be a small amulet bag worn around my neck to hold my hearing. The front and back of the bag is complete and I am working on the last few inches of the strap/sides.

What projects do you hope to do on a Mirrix Loom in the future?
The next task is to draw a cartoon of overlapping circles in a full set of colors and in a range of sizes then to weave it and teach myself the technique of fudging a circle. After that exercise I will do something that captures the technique of traditional hachures. I may then do a protractor of 360 degrees in order to pin down the exact way to deal with various angles. Then on to my passion of the moment “Flowers” and the nuances of light and shade etc.

Why did you choose a Mirrix Loom?
There was but one reason: tension, tension, tension! Once I had it then I discovered the simplicity of warping a Mirrix and the great pleasure to be had from the warp spring system – never, ever again will I go back to the hit and miss (to not even mention the mess) of a traditional warp on a warping board or even with the single pin method of one of my former looms. All a source of frustration and needless complexity

Do you have a website, Etsy page or social media site you’d like to share?
I weave period – no time for messing around with these new and wondourous techniques and technology. I may in time do a blog as the start of a Book about the techniques I have discovered but the learning curve is far from complete

Tell us a little about yourself:
Retired Lab Tech.

What arts, crafts and/or hobbies are you interested in and how did you get interested in them?
Spinning and knitting. Always love to work and handle fiber.

What type of weaving do you do?
Tapestry

What got you into weaving?
Taught myself to weave in High School. And was given a weaving book as a gift and was fascinated with the process.

How long have you been weaving?
I’m 61 yrs. old and have been weaving off and on since High School.

What projects have you done on a Mirrix Loom?
Many Tapestries. and samplers to explore different techniques.

What projects do you hope to do on a Mirrix Loom in the future?
My sketchbook is filled with possibilities.

Why did you choose a Mirrix Loom?
I own 3 different size Mirrix looms. They are a very well built looms  and I feel they are a real workhorse of a loom. I’ve traveled toworkshops and they pack easily and are a very sturdy product. I’m very happy using this loom. And recommend it’s use for beginners and right up to seasoned weavers.

Do you have a website, Etsy page or social media site you’d like to share?

I’d like tell new weavers that The American Tapestry Alliance is an excellent organization to get help from Tapestry artists who will share their knowledge in a Mentoring program. Usually a 6 month commitment, I was paired with an artist in Australia who was very generous with sharing her knowledge. I will always be thankful for her help. Please enjoy the website. www.AMERICANTAPESTRYALLIANCE.ORG

Tell us a little about yourself: I’ve been retired for over 20 years with plenty of time to explore and develop the things I love to do. I live near the ocean in Maine with my husband Arthur. One of my daughters lives in
Costa Rica and the other lives in New York so without family around I devote most of my time to sewing, quilting, beading and volunteer work. I am currently on the board of directors serving as treasurer of the York Art Association.

What arts, crafts and/or hobbies are you interested in and how did you get interested in them?
I always sewed my own clothes and the clothes
of my daughters. Quilting became my passion in 1978 which later developed into a passion for off loom beadwork, mainly Peyote, and that has developed into a passion for my Mirrix loom. I have made many pieces with my Mirrix using beads, but I am challenged when it comes to using fibers. However, I have never liked working with kits and enjoy experimenting on my own.

Did anyone in your family do any crafts? Which crafts? Did this inspire you?
I always had a natural interest in crafts and made my first sweater when I was nine years old and my first afghan
a few years later. During my working career and while raising my daughters I made theirs and my own clothes.
I dabbled in painting and pottery but it wasn’t until the resurgence in quilting in the 70’s that a passion other than sewing took hold.

What type of weaving do you do?
I work with beads almost exclusively. I have tried a few projects using a mixture of fiber and beads but am not
completely happy with the results. I need some help with technique and have purchased several books on the subject but I tend to do what comes easy to me.

What got you into weaving?
I belonged to the Bead Society of New England and wanted to learn everything I could about beading. I purchased a “Larry the Loom” after seeing Don Pierce’s work. I had no success at all with this loom and eventually sold it to a fellow beader at the Society. Shortly after I had purchased this loom I saw a demo of the Mirrix by Claudia at an event held by the New England Bead Society held in Concord, NH. I was intrigued but since I had already purchased “Larry”
I couldn’t buy it. Somehow the image of the Mirrix stuck in my mind and when I was ready to try loom weaving again I purchased the Mirrix.

How long have you been weaving?
I purchased my loom about 10 months ago.

What projects have you done on a Mirrix Loom?
I’ve done many projects, pictures included. I’ve sold several pieces at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art
and at shows at York Art Association. I tend to like simple designs with a Native American look.

What projects do you hope to do on a Mirrix Loom in the future?
I have developed some designs for necklaces, and hope to expand into using a combination of fiber and beads but I don’t want to work with kits. I’d like to learn technique and explore on my own.

Why did you choose a Mirrix Loom:
I don’t know much about looms. My only other experience was with “Larry” I’ve seen pictures of other looms in books and magazines but the Mirrix is by far the most attractive to look at. I love that is light in weight and that it’s made of smooth material. After the first go around with warping, it’s very easy to use. I’m taking it to my fiber arts group next month to do a demo. I wish I had purchased the loom that day in Concord, New Hampshire.

Do you have a website, Etsy page or social media site you’d like to share?
I am on facebook but I just look at it to keep track of my grandchildren. I sell as much as I want to at the Museum, the Art Center, and to friends without a web or media site and would not like to have to push myself to fill orders. I do like to look at the work others are doing and there are plenty of opportunities to do so on the net.

Stacy
USA

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m a stay at home mom of two gorgeous girls, a student, a wife,and am proudly owned by four furkids!

What arts, crafts and/or hobbies are you interested in and how did you get interested in them?
Oh, boy! There are so many! Primarily I weave and spin, but I also do Kumihimo, crochet, knit, bead, and am now learning to do chain maille! I learned to weave on a homemade frame loom when I was a kid, and would spend hours cutting weft yarn, because I didn’t know about continuous weft, so everything I made had fringe instead of selvedges. I started beading in my early twenties, but didn’t get back to fabric weaving until a year ago. I’m in seventh heaven to finally be able to say “I’m a weaver!”

Did anyone in your family do any crafts? Which crafts? Did this inspire you? 
Mom was an avid knitter when I was a kid, and I learned the basics from her. I always had my own skeins of yarn to play with next to her.

What type of weaving do you do? 
All kinds! Tapestry, inkle, tablet, peg, multi-shaft, I love it all!

What got you into weaving?
The sudden realization that I had resources–in the form of the Internet–that I didn’t have in the 70s, and I could finally learn what I wanted to learn. It’s been such a ride, and its not over!

How long have you been weaving?
I’ve been weaving for a little over a year now, and I love it.

What projects have you done on a Mirrix Loom?
So far, I’ve completed one sprang project on my Big Sister loom, who is named Kaylee, and I have another one on there right now.

What projects do you hope to do on a Mirrix Loom in the future?
Beadwork! I haven’t done that on Kaylee yet, which is kind of ironic.

Why did you choose a Mirrix Loom?
When I started learning loom beading, I came across Mirrix looms in a Fire Mountain Gems catalog. I couldn’t afford one then, as I had just moved out on my own, but I kept looking at them over the years, and as soon as I had the money, I bought one. I couldn’t be happier with it.

Do you have a website, Etsy page or social media site you’d like to share? 
I have a blog, http://kidsdogscraftsohmy.wordpress.com. I mostly blog about my crafty endeavors, but occasionally there’ll be other entries about the kids, the dogs, whatever is on my mind at the time.

Tell us a little about yourself:  I’m a confessed bead addict with a passion for both off-loom and loom-woven beadwork.  There’s just something about those perfect little orbs of glass that I can’t get enough of!  I currently design off-loom beadwoven jewelry.  I also teach beadweaving both privately and in a local bead shop, Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry, LLC in Milton, FL.

What arts, crafts and/or hobbies are you interested in and how did you get interested in them?  I learned to crochet when I was 7.  There began my obsession with all things related to yarns and fibers.  I remember staying up way past my bedtime and working on weaving or embroidery, crochet, cross-stitch, you name it!  In my teen years I began to work with small crochet cotton and I made countless doilies and scarves as gifts.  I also discovered the delights of bead looming in my teen years and I remember making hair barrettes and items on a handmade loom.  I also dabble in photography, painting, digital art and metalsmithing.  Most recently I’ve enjoyed coppersmithing, knitting on a loom and creating both off-loom and loomed beadwork.

Did anyone in your family do any crafts? Which crafts? Did this inspire you?   My mom is a great artist!  She paints and draws and recently has taken up beadwork.  My brother likes to work with wood: carving, wood burning and using a lathe.  I think we all share a creative gene.

What type of weaving do you do?  I’m enjoying learning tapestry weaving with my Mirrix.  I’ve been experimenting with different types of threads and I’ve been watching lots of video tutorials.  It’s such a breeze with the shedding device for my loom!  I have done bead weaving for quite a while and I’m learning to mix beads and fiber.

What got you into weaving?  I saw an artist weaving beads on a loom long, long ago on an old craft show.  I figured I could do it so I made my own loom and had a lot of fun with it!

How long have you been weaving?  I did a lot of looming during my teen years and I’m recently getting back into loom-work.  I have so many interests that I rarely stick with any one genre for a length of time.  I hop about from project to project.

What projects have you done on a Mirrix Loom?   So far I’ve just been playing and experimenting.  I’ve recently warped my loom for both a beaded piece and for a tapestry piece.  I’ve woven with a few types of yarn and I have project ideas in mind.

What projects do you hope to do on a Mirrix Loom in the future?  I mainly plan to work on jewelry designs.

Why did you choose a Mirrix Loom?   I was excited about the shedding device, the warping bar and the adjustable tension.  I’ve tried so many looms and the Mirrix is so easy to warp!  I love the warping bar.  I also love the tension you can achieve with the Mirrix.  It’s effortless!  The shedding device is what sold me.  The ability to create tapestry with my Mirrix in addition to beadwork is a huge plus!

Do you have a website, Etsy page or social media site you’d like to share?
http://www.vcartisanoriginals.com
http://www.facebook.com/artisan.originals
http://www.vcartisanoriginals.etsy.com

What arts, crafts and/or hobbies are you interested in and how did you get interested in them?
My Grandma taught me how to sew for 4-H competitions. I sew a little, but not so much now that the kids are grown. I have made jewelry, crocheted, paper crafts, cross-stitch, all kinds of things. I promised my husband that I would limit my hobbies since each one by themselves are expensive. Bead Weaving is my stress relief, which as a middle school teacher is greatly needed.

Did anyone in your family do any crafts? Which crafts? Did this inspire you?
I loved watching and helping my Grandma do all kinds of things growing up. She was so talented. We spent many happy hours creating together. I miss that.

What type of weaving do you do?
I make Bead-Woven Tapestries, preferably the larger pieces. I am drawn to the large, free-hanging tapestries of the past, as well as the fabric-feel of a loom-woven bead piece. To me, the cool aspect of a piece is the way that it feels and acts like fabric, though it is made of beads. I explain it to my students as “fabric made of beads.” I feel that the woven pieces are made to be touched; therefore, I prefer to not frame my pieces. The larger pieces that I do would cost a fortune to frame anyway.

What got you into weaving?
I was teaching sewing and jewelry making at a local craft store. I decided to teach the kids how to make a beaded bracelet on a loom. Once I got started, I was hooked. Now, I teach students how to bead loom in an after-school Bead-Weaving Class. I have 16 students now and a waiting list.

How long have you been weaving?
About 4-5 years now.

What projects have you done on a Mirrix Loom?
After a bracelet or two, I knew I had to find a loom that would allow me to do larger pieces. I started researching and came across the Mirrix site. I stopped looking. I begged for a Big Sister loom for Christmas. My husband and kids pitched in and got one for me. I have completed 4 projects on it, so far. The last one was my Lone Wolf piece, original photo by Tim Davis. This past Christmas, my husband surprised me with the Zeus!

What projects do you hope to do on a Mirrix Loom in the future?
I am warping the Zeus now for my next project. It will be 23″ x 43″, will have over 540,000 beads. It will have 561 warps. 90 Colors. It is the Dragon Queen, and I received permission from the talented artist to create it.

Why did you choose a Mirrix Loom?
I was impressed with the professional grade, sturdiness of it. I liked the fact that it was made by a small, American company. I have no doubt that either of my looms will last longer than I will.

Social Media:
My FaceBook page is Lora’s Beaded Treasures. I can be messaged through that site if anyone has questions.

Brenda Kigozi
Facebook Page: Brenda K Handcrafted Jewellery, Yarn and Bead Art

Neola Bye-Beza
Website: Gaudy by Neola
Facebook Page: Gaudy by Neola

Mandy Lynn Finders
Etsy Page: Beedot

Lora Negrito
Facebook Page: Lora’s Beaded Treasures 

Jan Reid Holzbauer
Website: Jan Holzbauer Online Fiber and Quilt Artist

Kathe Todd-Hooker
Website: Between and Etc.

Richard Harber
Website: Ric’s Leather
Facebook Page: Ric’s Leather