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Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 – My First Go at the Loom, by Julia L. Hecht

Mirrix Big Sister Loom Arrives at Poppyfield Bead Company

Mirrix Big Sister Loom Arrives at Poppyfield Bead Company

You can see how happy I am to receive my loom.  I am pictured here with the unopened box,  inside my bead shop, the Poppyfield Bead Company, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  That evening I took it home, and got it set up. I had a little trouble initially, but with the excellent customer service from Elena, at Mirrix, it was smooth going and I was weaving that same evening. I watched the Mirrix video on youtube for how to warp the loom for bead weaving.  It was super simple, even for someone like me, absolutely clueless about looms. Well, I should say…I WAS clueless.  While I am still a brand NEWBIE, I am definitely making progress, bead by bead, weft by weft.

I didn’t have any D thread available at my home, and I love S-Lon macrame cord, so I decided to warp with that. I realized it would show, but I have ideas about incorporating the warp thread into the design.  So I gave it a try.   I chose a gorgeous mix of size 11 Delica cylinder beads:  A matte metallic iris and a silver lined turquoise. They looked lovely in their little piles on the bead mat, and even mixed together.   I started with just random weaving, and then developed a pattern.    I was a little surprised with the outcome.  As you can see from the photo, the pattern is  barely discernible and the beads don’t mix well.  Not at all what I’d call “nice” or even “successful”.  So, I just loosened the tension using the wing nuts and rotated the warp threads, re-tightened and started weaving on the same warp with different beads.

 

My First Try

My First Try

 

My second try was a lot better. The same pattern shows up well, and I like the natural colored warp cords showing through.  I didn’t plan the length well, though.  And so it is just a little sampler right now.  My next plan is to weave an entire bracelet with those beads and try my hand at one of the finishing techniques.

 

2nd Try - Same Warp, Same Pattern, Different Beads

2nd Try – Same Warp, Same Pattern, Different Beads

 

 

Off the loom sitting on some ultra suede.  I'll try finishing on the next one.

Off the loom sitting on some ultra suede. I’ll try finishing on the next one.

Stay tuned, and follow along with my on my Mirrix Loom Journey.

- Julia L. Hecht

www.poppybeads.com

 

3 Responses to Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 – My First Go at the Loom, by Julia L. Hecht

  1. mirrixlooms - Reply

    April 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Pretty soon you will be breaking out of the loom box, so to speak. The wonderful thing about the Mirrix is it is anything but either a traditional bead or tapestry loom and so it can be used in traditional ways but also in completely new and fun ways. It’s going to be a blast watching all three of you invent new ways to use the Mirrix. I used to do quite a lot of off-loom bead work because I wanted to be able to compare methods. I now only use the loom and I find that by limiting myself to just loom work, I have been able to transform off-loom work to the loom. Enjoy! p.s. even though Elena’s picture pops up, this is from Claudia!

  2. Rebecca Mezoff - Reply

    April 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Yay for another New Mexico weaver! …except I have tapestry on my Mirrix. I’ll have to visit your shop sometime soon Julia. I’m just up the road in Santa Fe. Have fun with the new loom! It looks like you’re off to an awesome start.
    Rebecca
    http://www.rebeccamezoff.com

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