On Sunday we visited Caravan Beads and while Claudia taught, Barry (the lovely owner of Caravan) and I sat down and tried to figure out an easier way to warp. (All his idea.) We expanded a bit on a fairly new method that was developed at our last workshop and although this has not been sufficiently tested I thought I’d share our ideas with you blog-readers out there and perhaps I could get some input.
This new warping method has two parts. Those of you who are already pros at putting heddles on might not need the second part (the comb). It was developed with beginners in mind and just helps to separate the warp threads and allows you to see what you’re doing much more clearly. (Note: This blog post is meant to be understood by those who have warped the loom before. Once tested more thoroughly, we will post more detailed instructions.
Here we go:
The first step is to make a small, cardboard comb from anything you have lying around. Cut slits in it (as shown) on both sides. You should have as many slits on one side as warp threads you plan to have. On the other side, cut the same amount plus one extra. We will assume that you will be working on the left side of your loom, and putting your heddles on right to left. In this case, the extra notch should be on the front right. (see picture.) If you were warping in the other direction, the extra notch would be on the front left.
Getting ready for a day of teaching at Caravan Beads: www.caravanbeads.com. The guy to the left is Barry. His head looks just like a camera with a big lens. Folks are wandering around collecting their wits and their beads. I will eventually remember to take my coat off. Oh, that’s me to the right.
Who is that lovely woman above in the blue shirt? That’s one of our “social networking” winners, Christina (Good Quill Hunting). She lives in the Portland, Maine area so was able to meet us at Caravan Beads to pick up her loom. As terrific in person as she is on paper (or on computer). Check out Christina’s blog: http://goodquillhunting.wordpress.com/
Look at those smiles!!!
One of many walls of beads and other great things to buy. If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Caravan in person, maybe you should. It’s worth a plane ride or a long car ride. It’s just plain worth it. Plus, the staff there knows how to set up and use the Mirrix Loom.
Yesterday Claudia and I went up to Caravan Beads in Portland, Maine http://www.caravanbeads.net/ to visit with Barry and his family and employees and so Claudia could teach his employees on the Mirrix Loom. We also met Christina Neit (one of the participants in Social Market for a Mirrix) there and gave her her loom! We can’t wait for her to start blogging! This blog will now be handed over to our social marketers although I’ll probably still poke my head in and write sometimes. Check back!!!
CONGRATULATIONS Christina Neit & Sherri Woodard Coffey, the chosen participants for our “Social Network for a Mirrix” campaign! Keep checking back to follow their Mirrix experiences! Congratulations also go out to our runners-up! Thank you to everyone who applied! We had some amazing applications and it was very difficult to choose just two people to participate. We picked several runner-ups who will receive a 30% discount on a loom. If this whole project is successful (and we are guessing it will be) we will do it all over again in a few months. Keep watching for notices.
This is very exciting! Christina Neit & Sherri Woodard Coffey were chosen yesterday as the two main participants in our campaign, “Social Market for a Mirrix”! We also chose four (I know, I know, we said two… but it was so hard!) runners-up who get a discount and, if they decide to purchase, will also do a bit of blogging for us.
You should see my list of Mirrix to-dos. It contains everything from “work on new website” to “buy new boxes for kits”. We’re doing an overhaul here at Mirrix and everything is going to get bigger and better! Our newest undertaking is creating kits. Lots and lots of kits. Bead kits and tapestry kits that will be made for three different levels of weavers. We’ll have “easy” kits for beginners, “intermediate” kits for those with a bit more experience and “expert” kits that will be a bit more complicated. We will color code the kits and are buying cute boxes to make the whole package as fun to look at as it is to use!