WHAT IS A SHEDDING DEVICE?
Heddles attache your shedding device to your warp threads. They are used only when weaving tapestry and bead weaving WITH the shedding device. Heddles can be either ordered pre-made or you can make them yourself! Click here to buy our Mirrix pre-made heddles.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR LOOM IS WARPED CORRECTLY?There are several ways to know if you loom is warped correctly and several things to check:
-Turn your loom sideways and make sure that the thread does not cross inside and goes all the way around the loom. (The warp can NEVER cross inside because that would prevent you from being able to advance the warp.)
-Release the tension slightly on the loom. You should be able to lift up on the warping bar.
-If you are warping for bead weaving without the shedding device or tapestry weaving with the shedding device, make sure there is one string in every dent. If you are warping for bead weaving with the shedding device make sure there are two strings in every dent.
WHAT DO I DO IF, WHEN WEAVING TAPESTRY WITH THICKER WARP ON ONE OF THE LARGER LOOMS, MY SPRING WON’T STAY IN PLACE WHEN I ADVANCE THE WARP?
Tie the spring to the loom on either side (and in the middle if necessary) to hold the spring in place while you advance the warp.
ARE MIRRIX LOOMS ALLOWED AS CARRY-ON ON COMMERCIAL AIRPLANES?
Some people have brought their looms on airplanes but to be safe please contact your airline with this question.
HOW SHOULD YOU PREPARE YOUR BEADED TAPESTRY FOR HANGING?
One example of what you can do is to turn your thread ends over to the back of the tapestry. Attach sticky velcro and sew it down. Attach the other piece of velcro to a piece of wood. Hang.
HOW CAN I TRAVEL WITH A LOOM THAT HAS A (FIBER) TAPESTRY ON IT?
Just make sure your spring bar is in your warp coil (it should be anyway but it is really important that your warp threads stay in the warp coil). We also suggest putting rubber bands around the spring just to make sure everything stays in place. After you do that, simply reduce the tension on your loom, squish the loom and weaving down and pack! When you get to your destination put the tension back on and it should be good as new. Remove shedding device from clips and fold clips flat. If you don’t do that, your clips may break in transit.
MY SHEDDING DEVICE (WITH THE WOODEN CLIPS) IS SQUEAKING WHEN I USE IT. WHAT DO I DO TO STOP THIS?
Put a drop of WD-40 or olive oil on your finger and touch the top of shedding device. Then, turn it back and forth a few times until the squeaking stops.
WHAT HAPPENED IF ONE SHED ISN’T WORKING?
If you have put your shedding device on the loom and it seems one shed is better than the other (meaning, when you make one shed it seems to work well and when you make the other shed it doesn’t seem to work as well) you probably have a crossed heddle. Check to make sure all your heddles were put on correctly and that no heddle is catching on anything.
HOW DO I FIX A BROKEN WARP THREAD?
Loosen your tension. Cut an extra piece of warp thread. Tie that piece with a surgeon’s knot to one end of the broken warp. Tie another surgeon’s knot at the other end, making sure to put exactly the same tension on. The surgeon’s knots will not slip under tension. Re-apply your tension.
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I HAVE LOOSE SELVEDGE THREADS?
If you have loose selvedge threads (meaning the warp threads on the sides of your piece are looser than the rest) it may be because when tying off your warp you did not put enough tension on that final thread when you tied it to the warping bar. If you have a hard time tying a tight knot when you’re finished warping, it is helpful to loosen your tension slightly before you tie it. When your warp is under a lot of tension it can be very difficult to tie a knot and have that selvedge thread have the same tension as the rest of your warp.
WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH TENSION ON YOUR LOOM JUST USING YOUR HANDS TO TURN THE WING-NUTS?
The flat wrench that was included with your loom is designed to fit around that wing nut and give you the leverage you need to get the maximum tension possible on the Mirrix Loom.
HOW DO I CLEAN THE COPPER ON MY MIRRIX LOOM?
We’ve experimented with this and find that a great non-toxic solution is mixing lemon juice and table salt and rubbing it on the copper. We have also heard of customers using copper cleaner and even toothpaste to clean their looms!
WHAT DO THE NUMBERS THAT WARP COILS/SPRINGS ARE LABELED WITH MEAN?
The number that corresponds with a warp coil (e.g. ten dent warp coil) tells how many dents (spaces in the warp coil) are in one inch. This means there are ten spaces in an inch in a ten dent warp coil. You use different warp coils to space your warp differently for different sized beads or different thicknesses of warp and weft. (Note: EPI (ends per inch) is the same as DPI (dents per inch.)
WHERE ARE MIRRIX LOOMS MANUFACTURED?
Mirrix Looms are made in the U.S.A. at a place called Sunshine House in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Sunshine House provides supported employment to people who are mentally and physically disabled.
WHAT ARE MIRRIX'S RETURN AND EXCHANGE POLICIES?
You can find our return and exchange policies on this page.
CAN I VISIT THE MIRRIX STUDIO IN NEW HAMPSHIRE?
Our NH HQ is not open to the public, but Mirrix President Claudia Chase does teach private lessons there. If you’ll be in the area and would like a lesson, email firstname.lastname@example.org.