In Ukraine, where my husband is from, on New Year’s Eve they say “dasvidaniya staree goad” which means “goodbye old year”. I like the concept of bidding farewell to the old year while welcoming in the new year.
In the spirit of this ritual, here are five of our most popular posts from 2014. It was a wonderful year here at Mirrix Looms but we can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!
How Easy Is It Too Weave Beads on a Loom? by Elena Zuyok
Color Theory For Beadwork by Claudia Chase
New iPhone? Weave This Case by Claudia Chase
Tapestry Vs. Rigid Heddles Vs. Jack Looms by Claudia Chase
Tapestry: Painting With Fiber by Claudia Chase
*PLEASE NOTE* This deal will still be valid through 12/12 because our site was having some technical issues on 12/11. Our security certificate expired and may have given you a message saying the site was not secure. Everything is now fixed!
Welcome to day four of Mirrix-days, where every day through the 12th we will have a deal on something in the Mirrix online store. From kits to accessories and weaving materials, this is the week to pick up stocking stuffers for yourself or the weaver in your life!
Today (December 11th) we are giving you 15% off an extra shedding device with code mirrixday4 at checkout. (See below for the fine print.)
…Six skeins of hand-painted silk yarn!
Get 15% off six skeins of hand-painted (seriously, we paint these ourselves!) silk. Perfect for combining with beads or using on their own.
Make a Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet, a Bead & Fiber Dog Collar, a multi-colored woven purse or add silk to a tapestry… your imagination is the limit and these rich colors will be sure to spark many ideas!
Today (December 9th) we are giving you 15% off of Six Skeins of Hand-Painted Silk with code mirrixday2 at checkout. (See below for details.)
*The Fine Print*
Only valid on December 9th, 2014. Mirrix Looms reserves the right to deny any coupon or end a deal early. Can only be used at mirrixooms.com. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Can only be used once.
This is my favorite project that we’ve come out with in a long time.
These tiny tapestries are absolutely adorable and would make a perfect gift. The kits comes with just about everything you need to make one or both of these tapestries. Just add a Mirrix Loom and some basic supplies like a pair of scissors and a measuring tape and you’re on your way!
While we recommend waiting to make these until you’ve woven on your loom a couple times, these are both fairly simple to weave and good for those getting started with tapestry. Plus, they come with a great instructional ebook!
Heart Tapestry ($18)
Give the gift of your heart and make a back-up for yourself. This simple but elegant mini-tapestry is fun to weave and fun to give away or own. Turn it into a tiny wall hanging or stuff it and turn it into an ornament. Whatever you decide, it’s your heart.
Scribble Landscape Mini Tapestry” ($20)
A hint of a landscape, a hint whimsy, this tiny tapestry is filled with color and movement, just what you need to light up a special place on your wall or to share with someone you love. Once you’ve mastered the techniques you will want to make many, many more.
$18 for the Heart Mini Tapestry Kit, $20 for the Scribble Landscape Mini Tapestry Kit or $35 for both kits!
Suddenly, it feels like the holidays. Snow is falling in parts of the country and Christmas tree lots are popping up everywhere. Regardless of what holiday/s you celebrate, it’s hard to deny that magical feeling in the air.
All this holiday cheer got me thinking about putting up a tree, and I remembered this adorable ornament that Claudia (Mirrix’s lovely President, I call her mom) wove last year.
It’s made of hand-painted silk and embellished with beads.
It’s a fun, simple project and would make a great gift.
Have any of you woven ornaments on your Mirrix Looms? We would love to see pictures!
Pick up some of the beautiful hand-painted silk used to make this ornament here.
When anyone with artsy inclinations walks into Mirrix President Claudia Chase’s studio, they get lost in a world of fiber and beady inspiration. From looms (most with half-made pieces) to finished pieces and curious equipment like electric skein winders, it’s a fun little sanctuary to explore.
I, on the other hand, live in a one-bedroom apartment without much space for a “studio”. My office is a desk in the window-corner of our living room flanked by dog and cat beds and one shelf that holds my looms and everything else weaving-related (the rest is in a closet; we were blessed with some decent closet space). It isn’t a swoon-worthy studio/office by any means, but it works.
Sometimes you just want to weave slowly, picking warp threads with a needle as you go. For very thin pieces, this works just fine. It can be very meditative.
But most of the time, when weaving tapestry, picking each warp as you go can get tedious and very time consuming, especially with wider pieces. For this reason, even the very first Mirrix Loom was designed with a shedding device. The word “shedding device” is derived from the word “shed” which means the space between lowered and raised warps. It raises the threads for you so rather than have to weave under and over warp threads with a needle, you can simply engage the shedding device and raise every other thread all at once. The shedding device is attached to the warp threads with heddles, which wrap around the individual warp threads and are hooked onto one of the two bars on the shedding device.
So you want to weave tapestry and you’re trying to decide on a loom. Congratulations! You’re going to love the journey you are about to embark on. Tapestry, as we say, is like painting with fiber and provides endless creative opportunities.
As with most art forms, your success weaving depends partly on the tools and materials you use.
Here we will discuss the differences between a simple frame loom and a Mirrix for weaving tapestry.
One was this: “Tapestry is painting with fiber.”
One of the main differences between tapestry and other types of weaving is that tapestry isn’t about following a pattern. That isn’t to say you don’t have to plan a tapestry (although you don’t have to; sometimes choosing some beautiful yarn and just weaving can produce lovely results), but even with planning there is not a prescribed way to get from point A to point B. This is why it is like painting. A painter will plan his or her painting, but the techniques he or she uses are chosen as the painting comes to life.
To me, this is what makes tapestry so wonderful. It is a continual creative process. With tapestry, you are making decisions as you go and bringing your tapestry to life bit by bit.
Perhaps this is why tapestry is such a meditative art form. Your mind stays focused (and not on, let’s say, the fact that you really should vacuum today and you have a project due at work tomorrow that you haven’t even started) because you are focused on creation, on decisions and on your art.
If you haven’t tried tapestry, don’t be intimidated. It is an art form, and it will take time to master, but that process is a journey you will truly and deeply enjoy.
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