Next week, our 17th weave-along will begin. A weave-along is a free online class where participants receive weekly emails with instructions (written, pictures and video) for each step of the weave-along project. For this weave-along, we will revisit our fabulous (and famous) Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet Project. In it you will learn the basics of weaving on a Mirrix, how to combine beads and fiber, a few tapestry techniques and how to finish this gorgeous bracelet. You can learn more about the weave-along and sign-up here.
If you haven’t yet purchased a Mirrix yet, we have a special loom package available just for this weave-along that includes everything you need to get started (besides basics like a good pair of scissors). You’ll save $20 on the package and get a free 10-dent coil that is perfect for this project. It’s a great deal and the perfect way to get started making beautiful, handmade bead and fiber creations!
Check out the Weave-Along 17 Loom and Kit Package here.
We look forward to weaving-along with you!
Maybe you’ve played around with a wooden frame weaving loom or a little wire bead loom and you’re ready to take the next step in your weaving journey. Perhaps you’ve just discovered weaving and you’re looking to start out weaving with the best loom you can buy. It could be that you can’t decide if you’re into fiber art or bead art and you want a loom that can do it all. Whatever the reason, here are our top ten reasons why you might want to choose a Mirrix for your weaving needs.
From tapestry weaving to bead weaving to wire weaving and free-form fiber weaving, Mirrix Looms are incredibly versatile.
2.) Size Options
Mirrix Looms come in eight sizes, from the 5″ wide Mini Mirrix to the 38″ wide Zeus Loom, allowing you to choose a loom size that best fits your needs. Need help deciding? Get a free loom recommendation below.
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Introducing Weave-Along 16: The Spiral Split Split-Loom Necklace
We’ve had a lot of people ask for instructions on how to make a split-loom necklace. That is where the inspiration for this weave-along came from. This relatively simple piece has an ornate feel and would look lovely with anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a fancy black dress. Want to learn the techniques used to make this necklace?
Grab your loom and let’s get started!
April 19th, 2015 – May 3rd, 2015
What’s a Weave-Along?
A weave-along is a FREE online course. Claudia Chase and Elena Zuyok of Mirrix Looms will lead participants through a project woven on a loom. Every Sunday participants will get an email going over what participants worked on week before and giving instructions and tips for the week ahead. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with other members of the weave-along via email and social media sites including the Mirrix Facebook Page, Mirrix Facebook Group and Mirrix Ravelry Page. This is a community event!
Please note you must be using a genuine Mirrix Loom to participate
What You’ll Need:
–A Mirrix Loom, 8″ or larger with a 14 dent coil
-A beading needle (we love Tulip Bead Weaving Needles)
-Three colors of 11/0 Delica beads (10 gram tubes of each color). We used copper, turquoise and purple bead colors, but you can use anything you want.
–C-Lon beading thread (or other beading thread)
My name is Terry Hanson and I am an avowed lover of all bead things.
I live in central New York right now, but was raised in “The North country,” Brasher Falls, NY to be precise, and not far from the Canadian border, a land of forests and rivers and long winters. My sisters and I were taught various crafting skills by our mother and grandmother, whose energy and enthusiasm made embracing the craft world a lot of fun.
(left: “Expressions of Blue and Green“)
Well into married life and motherhood (I have three grown boys) I can remember creating some of my first beaded barrettes at the age of 25 when introduced to a bead loom by my sister. It delighted me how quickly I could make a small work of art, and then find a strong sense of accomplishment. I used one of the “bead loom kits” that you can still find at most craft stores for many years.
Years later I asked my husband to fabricate a larger bead loom for me. I needed to create beaded membership badges for a writer’s club known as The Fictioneers. I had to make quite a few of them and my hubby’s loom, while not the prettiest device on the planet, worked great, and so I was able to bead up to 4 of the club badges on this device at one time. (right: “Poppies”)
It was not too long after this that in 2009 I received a surprise Christmas gift,the 16-inch Big Sister Loom from Mirrix!
And boy did that change things. I was very impressed by the sturdy construction and design of this loom. Unlike previous looms the Big Sister sits upright and has great tension control. Also, I found I could now string up to 14 of the club badges on the loom in one shot. As of right now I have made 174 of the badges.
(left: “Morning Glory”)
With lots encouragement from a family member, I then decided to attempt a larger beaded work of art.
Surfing the web I found a few different programs, which I used as a tool to assist me in creating bead patterns from photos. Creating the patterns and choosing the right bead colors can take longer than the weaving of them.
After receiving official permission from the artists who created the original paintings of “Eclipsed” (Nik Helbig) and “Morning Glory” (Hessam Abrishami) I went through the time-consuming process of creating a bead-friendly pattern.
By combining the use of the computer bead program with size 11 Delica bead sample card, I was able to create beaded tapestries on The Big Sister Loom that I’m quite proud of. In fact, “Eclipsed” and “Morning Glory” received, respectively, First and Third Place Ribbons at The Great New York State Fair in 2014.
Last year I received the 22-inch Zach Loom as another surprise gift for Christmas (I’m serious, I had no idea I was going to be so blessed!), and recently created my largest work to date, my beaded interpretation of artist Martina Shapiro’s lovely expressionist painting “Expressions in Blue and Green,” a work that contains 51,072 beads.
I’ve have been working on a Mandala pattern that a close relative has hinted would make a great excuse to crack the 100,000-bead barrier for a single work of art. When I do it, will my Mirrix “Zach” loom be big enough? Or would this need a larger loom like the 28-Inch “McKinley?”
So, how much longer is it until Christmas?
Dear Santa, I swear I’ve been a really good girl this year!
Last night I noticed that beads were a big part of many Oscar looks and I decided to take some notes to see what additional fashion trends might be able to be parlayed into bead or tapestry weaving projects on a Mirrix Loom!
Here are my top three!
- Black & White Colorblock
Patricia Arquette, winner of best supporting actress, wore a beautiful Rosetta Getty black and white colorblock dress last night. Reese Witherspoon stuck to the same palette, wearing an off-the-shoulder Tom Ford gown. They were both gorgeous and definitely provided me with some black and white weaving inspiration.
Pearls are in, and I can’t wait to add some to my next beaded bracelet! Last year’s best supporting actress winner, Lupita Nyong’o, wore a stunning Calvin Klein gown covered in pearls and Best Actress nominee Felicity Jones donned pearls on the bodice of her Alexander McQueen gown.
- Beads, Beads, Beads
The Oscars are all about sparkle, and this year beads were in. Naomi Watts sported beads in her Armani Privé gown and best supporting actress nominee Emma Stone dazzled in a custom beaded Elie Saab gown.
If you don’t have a Mirrix yet and are inspired to start weaving (who knows, maybe your jewelry design will make it to the red carpet next year) you can get a free loom recommendation here.
If you want to make the beautiful black and white silk and bead cuffs shown here? Learn how by following the instructions in this throwback weave-along.
By Mirrix CEO Claudia Chase (This post is adapted from a post from the post “Bead Looms” written in 2009)
I was just playing around here and at other bead sites looking at other bead looms. What I found: there is a standard model for many bead looms and most are made of wood of varying degrees of strength, beauty, value and a few are made of light metal like the ones most of us had when we were kids.
1) allow you to put on one plane of warp or have roller beams so that you can advance the warp
2) have the warp attached at either end to a single nail or more
3) provide a spring at either end through which the warp is spread out evenly.
It seems like New Year’s Resolutions usually focus on doing more of what you don’t necessarily want to be doing (like spending more time at the gym, ) or less of what you do want to be doing (like watching television).
This year, my resolutions focus on doing more things I love. Not necessarily “eat more chocolate” (although I’m pretty sure I would keep that one), but more like giving myself more time to pursuit doing things I love to do. Like yoga. And weaving. I find myself so many times not allowing myself a break, and I’m sure many of you have the same problem.
Do you have a resolution this year to spend more time at your loom? What other weaving-related goals do you have this year? Maybe keeping a tapestry (or bead) diary? Learning a new skill? Let us know in the comments!
It seems like forever ago that Elena and I went to Colorado to create the “Bead & Tapestry Cuff Bracelet” class. It was both difficult and exciting. The Craftsy people were wonderful and held my hand very well. Elena sat behind the camera giving me silent directions if I got off course. She knew the drill. She knew what needed to be said or not said so it was essential to have her there.
The Craftsy crew, from camera people to producers to to editors make-up people, were rather magical. It was a blur of three days of hard work. The results were excellent. The Craftsy editors took 22 hours of filming and turned it into a 6 hour class.
These are the lessons you will find in the class (besides loom set up and discussions about looms in general):
Silk & Bead Affinity Bracelet
Gold Thread & Bead Affinity Bracelet
No Warp Ends Bracelet (there are two: the one below and one with just Delica Beads in a simple design for which I cannot find a photo!)
Tapestry Cuff Bracelet (both simple and complex)
Where can you find this class? Here: craftsy.com/beadcuffs
Where can you get the kits? Here you go, everything you need: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/product-category/craftsy/