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Why Choose a Loom with a Tensioning Device?
Warp tension, as every tapestry or bead weaver knows, is one of the most important factors in any weaving. Both the amount of tension and the evenness of tension is important and the difference between good tension and bad tension can make or break a piece. A few weeks ago a customer emailed me about a class she took where students had to use the looms provided. To warp, pieces of warp were cut and each thread was tied individually. She ended up quitting the class. Her explanation of her experience has stuck with me and I keep thinking about the difference that having a loom with a tensioning device built in (like a Mirrix) makes for bead or weft-faced/tapestry weaving.
I don't have a loom where you need to tie individual warp threads, but I do have a basic frame that I made a few years ago that I warped for tapestry alongside a Mirrix to test see what difference an on-loom tensioning device makes.
"I am so happy with my 16″ loom. 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. The Mirrix Loom is the most wonderful invention."
"The Mirrix tapestry loom combines the simple elegance of a portable frame with a modern invention. Its clever solutions for warping, set control, and shedding are logical and precise. A graceful synthesis of traditional weaving methodologies, the Mirrix tapestry loom is itself an example of fine craftsmanship."
"Who knew that after many decades of trying every kind of hand work I could find, I found the perfect way to combine my two greatest loves; fiber and beads. The flexibility built into the Mirrix looms, along with the durability you'd expect, allows me to go anywhere the creative spirit moves me."