Yesterday Claudia wrote a blog post about what Mirrix gift she’d want (if she didn’t already own a loom or two or eighteen). She loves the new 28″ McKinley Loom, her old favorite the 22″ Zach Loom and the 8″ Lani Loom. Now it’s my turn to choose my favorite Mirrix products!
I live in a small apartment. So small that our dining room, living room and my office are all in the same room. This does not make my living situation ideal for the typical tapestry loom, but it does make it perfect for a Mirrix. I could probably fit a 38″ Zeus Loom with a stand and a treadle, I’d just have to forgo having a dining room table. No one would notice, right? But, for me, the smaller looms work (read: fit) best. My favorite looms have always been the 12″ and 16″ looms because you can drag them around with you and use them in your lap on the couch or on your coffee table and then fold up those legs and throw the looms under the bed or in the closet when you’re not using them.
|My 16″ Big Sister Loom on our tiny “dining room” table.|
Let’s say I didn’t own a Mirrix and I was a beginner. What would I want from Mirrix as a holiday gift? I would want a 16″ Big Sister Loom. The 16″ is big enough to weave a decently large tapestry or bead weaving (or two at a time!), but it’s small enough to still be really portable. The Big Sister Loom is good for a beginner because you can start small, but still have the ability to weave something larger in the future.
As far as kits and accessories I would definitely start with a tapestry/bead cuff bracelet kit. What I love about this project is it’s super easy, but it teaches you many of the skills you need to do more complicated projects like how to warp for tapestry, how to put heddles on and some basic tapestry technique. Plus, the finished bracelet is gorgeous. We’re also doing a beginner weave-along in January that begins with lots of different warping techniques and ends doing this cuff bracelet.
If I wanted a more complete package, The Tapestry/Bead Cuff Loom Package comes with a tapestry/bead cuff bracelet kit, the book “Tapestry Weaving” by Kirsten Glasbrook, heddles and a loom. It’s a great all-in-one starter kit and you save some money too.
I also wouldn’t mind a Mirrix Looms gift certificate!
Happy holidays! We hope you get just the loom you’ve always wanted.