New Mirrix Return Policy for Looms: FREE returns

There’s a problem with buying things on the Internet. You can’t TOUCH. You can’t USE. You can’t PLAY. That can make buying something as tactile as a loom online tough. We realized that and decided to make your decision just a little bit easier with FREE LOOM RETURNS. If you get your loom and don’t like it, send it right back and we’ll pay the return shipping.

Sure, we’re doing this because we’re confident that you WILL like it, but we hope it gives you peace of mind knowing you can send your loom back if it isn’t exactly what you expected it to be. No questions asked.

free return shipping at Mirrix Looms

free return shipping at Mirrix Looms

Click here to review Mirrix’s policies

New Loom Options!

Three of our looms, the 8″ Lani Loom, 12″ Little Guy Loom and 16″ Big Sister will now come two ways. The first way: WITH the shedding device and the second way: WITHOUT the shedding device. That’s that. The price will be reflected in whether or not you get the shedding device and, if you do decide not to, a shedding device can always be purchased separately.

Little Guy Loom

Little Guy Loom Without Shedding Device

Big Sister Loom Without Shedding Device

Big Sister Loom Without Shedding Device

The 12″ Little Guy Loom without a shedding device will now be sold for $225.00 and the 16″ Big Sister Loom without a shedding device will be sold for $250.00.

Please note that previously we were offering these looms without a shedding device but WITH  a bottom spring kit at the same price. This option is no longer available, but the bottom spring kits can be purchased seperately.

Cyber Monday Deals Are Here

Typically we don’t put our looms on sale, but on Cyber Monday we make an exception to our rule and role out some big, juicy post-Thanksgiving deals. The best part? There’s no waiting in line! For one day only (12:01 am to midnight ET November 26th, 2012) you can get:

15% off the 16″ Big Sister Loom
…………… with code CYBERMONDAY16

15% off the Standing/Sitting Loom Stand
…………… with code CYBERMONDAYSTAND

15% off the 38″ Zeus Loom
…………… with code CYBERMONDAY38

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Confetti Crystal and Bead Necklace Weave-Along: Week One

It’s time to whip out your nude loom and that new pretty crystal and bead kit your just bought and find out how easy and fun it is to make a beautiful necklace to keep or to share.  If you wear, everyone you know will want one.  I hadn’t even escaped from my house with my just finished necklace when it was immediately claimed by a friend.

As I believe I mentioned elsewhere, it took me three attempts to get this necklace just right.  I am glad I spent the time because I think this is a timeless and workable design that will be both fun to weave, but fun to change up a bit.  You might want to organize your beads slightly differently from the way I do it.  Keep in mind that you are going to have to weave the same number of rows of crystals (the kit comes with 100 crystals which is more than you need to weave and finish the necklace if you weave one row of crystals for every four rows of beads) that I’ve woven but you can organize them differently . . . ie., more randomly . . . if you like.

If you look closely you can see the pattern I created.  The piece (although you can’t see it here) starts with a row of two crystals.  What follows is a solid row of four beads.  Then one of those beads, two of a different color of beads and another one of those beads and then the pattern repeated backwards so that you get a square within a square.  Next weave another row of crystals and continue with a different color combination of beads.  You want to spread your five bead and five crystal colors throughout that piece.  But first we need to set up the loom.  Don’t worry, this won’t take more than a few minutes.


Extend your loom so that are 18 inches between the top and bottom beam.  This is the highest you can extend the 8 and 12 inch looms.  If you have a 16 inch loom, you can extend it a little more which will give you slightly more length to your fringe.

You will not need a warp coil (spring) on your loom.  Center the piece as much as possible.  There will be three groups of warp threads with three threads in each group.  Essentially, you will be putting nine warps on the loom. If you’ve never warped before, follow along on our online .pdf warping instructions. Just remember that you don’t need to use a warp coil!

That’s it! Next week we’ll begin weaving!

 

More Tapestry Artists

Janet Austin

Blog:  http://www.austintapestry.blogspot.com/

Janet Austin’s Biography

I got hooked on weaving in 1972, at Massachusetts College of Art. For 8 years I wove functional items for sale, focusing on color and texture.

Feeling trapped in the horizontal/vertical grid, I earned an MFA in Painting at the University of North Carolina at Greenboro; almost accidentally the weaving and painting came together in 1983.

“Out of Chaos”

from  her “Chaos” series

more from the “Chaos” series

Joan Baxter

http://www.joanbaxter.com/index2.htm

Joan Baxter’s Biography

After studying tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art and Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts during the 1970s, Baxter spent eight years working as a weaver and trainer in commercial tapestry studios in the UK and Australia, notably working on the Henry Moore tapestries at West Dean Tapestry Studio. She has been an independent tapestry artist since 1987, regularly exhibiting her work in solo and group shows. Among her many commissioned works are pieces for churches, corporate and private clients.
Moving to the far north of Scotland in 2000 to the place that has inspired so much of her output, marked a new chapter in Baxter’s personal work. A Scottish Arts Council Personal Development Grant in 2002/3 allowed her to expand into less traditional approaches to her medium. Although continuing to weave tapestries in the narrative style that she is known for, she now also makes more experimental pieces alongside them. Her imagery has become more abstract, the interpretation more deliberately weaverly, and the materials more varied. This has resulted in a collection of work that pushes boundaries but does not compromise the beauty and expressive power of the traditional tapestry form.

The first in a list of tapestry weavers’ websites

This begins a list of tapestry weavers’ websites. I will provide their website URLs plus some images.  I will keep posting these until I have exhausted the list.

We begin with:

Sandy Adair’s website: http://www.fibredesignsandyadair.com/  “Fiber Design
Originals”

Sandy Adair’s Biography

A USF graduate, I apprenticed with Dr. Force at ASU and also received two scholarships to Penland School. Affiliations: Southern Highlands, Piedmont Craftsmen, Handmade In America, and American Tapestry Alliance, I represented the Biltmore House during their “Year of the Tapestry”. Participating in 30 invitational and juried exhibitions, I have received a dozen ribbons and numerous purchase awards.

1000 Textile Images, Fiber Arts Design Book V, Making Amazing Art, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful and Southern Aviator Magazine have featured my work. My weaving “Appalachian Sunset” appeared in film “28 Hours”.

Originally, a mountain family endeavor, my Mother and youngest daughter Erin assisted me early on. My Mother, a great inspiration and help to me, has since passed away and Erin is now a designer in NY.

 

Winterscape II

Hovis View n Waynesville

Jordan’s View in Mt. Gilead

Patricia Armours’ website is:  http://www.tapestryartist.co.nz/artist/patrarmo/Artworks/

Patricia’s Biography:

Patricia Armour’s Biography

Trish is based in Wellington , New Zealand and has been weaving tapestry for over 20 years. She has exhibited in New Zealand and the United States of America . She has worked in collaboration with leading NZ Artists and has work in private collections in the USA, Japan and New Zealand, including a collaborative work being part of the Rutherford Collection, now held at Te Papa (the National Museum), Wellington. Trish has studied tapestry in New Zealand with leading international tapestry weavers and in 1994 attended West Dean College in Chichester , UK (with the assistance of a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grant for overseas study).

Trish’s tapestries convey a sense of space, light and atmosphere to create a haunting mysticism in which the viewer can read poetry into the work or see something emerge that may or may not be there. Her work varies in size from fine miniatures to large murals. The time she spent at West Dean College in the UK , and inspiration from haunting neolithic sites and the great tapestries of Europe . Greek mythology, Celtic legend, her own spirituality and ancient history also have a strong influence in her work.

 

Pagan Spirit

Peace of the Running

Ethereal Flight

Mirrix Updates Pre-Holidays 2012

Win a FREE Loom
Win a FREE Mini Mirrix Loom just be answering the question “Why do you want a Mirrix?”

Weave-Along 9
Join our 9th weave-along and make a stunning silk and beaded necklace! Order your kit today!

Customer Profiles
Who is a Mirrix customer? From professional bead and tapestry weavers to novice crafters, Mirrix customers are just like you!

Are you a Mirrix customer? Do you want to be profiled on this page? Email us and we’ll send you our questionnaire.

Mirrix Looms Holiday Gift Guide 2012
For the newbie, bead obsessed, fiber junkie and Mirrix fanatic!

Send a Hint
Have a Mirrix item on YOUR wish list? Email elena@mirrixlooms.com with the subject “wish list”. Tell us what Mirrix product you want this holiday season plus the name, email and relationship of someone you think might like a little gift-giving hint. We’ll send off an email on Cyber Monday telling them exactly what Mirrix product you’d like in your stocking this year! Plus, on that day, one participant will win a $25.00 Mirrix Looms gift certificate!

Starter Package with Class
The Perfect Package for a Beginner, and at a FANTASTIC price!

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the crafter in your life, you’ve found it. Get a 5″ Mini Mirrix Loom, a stunning Desert Beaded Braclet Kit and an online class to help get you started!

The class will be offered in January (6th to the 27th), February (3rd to the 24th) and March (3rd to the 24th) of 2013 and will function much-like one of our famous weave-alongs, but private. We will also archive these classes in case someone can’t participate at these times. Once a class date range is chosen, participants will get an email once a week for four weeks walking them step-by-step through the set-up, warping and weaving (of the gorgeous bracelet kit included in the loom package) processes. These emails will include pictures, videos and .pdf instructions. Instructors will be available to answer questions via email throughout the class.

This kit includes:
-One 5″ Mini Mirrix Loom
-One Desert Braclet Kit
-One private online class (by email) with Mirrix’s Claudia Chase and Elena Zuyok (a sign-up link will be sent with your package)

New Gold Thread

Just received some gorgeous coppery-colored 14 karat gold thread.  I thought it would be fun to mix the gold-gold and the coppery gold and I was correct.  The combination is stunning.  I have wound some of this onto bobbins.  The amount is still 75 yards, but doubled so in fact it’s 37 and 1/2 yards of each thread.  I think many of you double the gold thread anyway when you use it, so this will make that option easier.  If you are interested in purchasing these ($15 for 75 yards or $25 for 150 yards).  You can now find it on our online store:   http://www.mirrixlooms.com/store/14karatgoldthread.html#goldthreadtwoshades

Now for the pictures!

 

Win a 5″ Mini Mirrix and Share The Love!

The holiday season is upon us and we want to make one person’s holiday just a little bit brighter! We are giving away a totally free Mini Mirrix 5″ Loom* (or the price of a Mini applied to any other loom) to one lucky winner (whether you’re a wannabe Mirrix owner or already have one in every size) on January 1st, 2013! One runner up will get $50 towards the purchase of a loom and a second-runner-up will get their choice of any three Mirrix bead patterns.

5" Mini Mirrix Loom

5″ Mini Mirrix Loom

How do you qualify to win? All you have to do is tell us why YOU want a Mirrix!

1.) Write a paragraph telling us why you want a Mirrix Loom. What have you heard or experienced about our looms that makes you want one? What would you use it for? What is your favorite feature on a Mirrix Loom? Are you already a Mirrix owner or is this your first one? Be creative and share the love!

2.) Make sure you are signed up for Mirrix’s Newsletter The Weekly Weave http://www.mirrixlooms.com/newsletter.html.

We’ll post all answers to our website and allow users to vote for their favorite answer. You can see that page (and vote!) here. 

We will contact the winner on January 1st, 2013!

How to enter:

Email elena@mirrixlooms.com with your paragraph (described above) telling us why YOU want a Mirrix and including your name and contact information. Make sure you put “MINI MIRRIX CONTEST” in the subject line of your email. Then, make sure you are signed up for Mirrix’s Newsletter The Weekly Weave http://www.mirrixlooms.com/newsletter.html. Those not signed up will not be eligible to have their paragraphs posted. DO NOT POST YOUR ENTRY IN THE COMMENTS. All entries must be emailed. 

Sponsors:

Companies and magazines can share-sponsor this contest by posting to their blog, email list or website about this contest. Sponsors will get their logo and a link back to their website or blog on this contest page. Email us elena@mirrixlooms.com if you are interested in being a sponsor!

Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms Free Mini Mirrix Contest 2012 Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A VALID E-MAIL ADDRESS IS REQUIRED.

1. Eligibility: Employees, officers and directors (and their immediate families) of Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agencies are not eligible. 

2. Any winner outside of the continental USA must pay for shipping. 

3. In the case of a tie, Mirrix President Claudia Chase will decide the winner. 

4. Entry Restrictions. Limit one (1) entry per person. All entires of people who have not joined the Mirrix Mailing List will not be posted. Each person voting can only vote once. Suspicious votes WILL be deleted based on an analysis of IP address and time of vote.

5. FORCE MAJEURE. If, for any reason, the contest (or any part thereof) is not capable of running as planned by reason of computer virus, bug, system malfunction, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, fire, flood, storm or other natural cataclysm, riot, strike, civil commotion, governmental regulation or any other causes beyond the control Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms which, in its sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest (or any part thereof), Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the the contest and select the prize winner in a manner which is fair, equitable and in accordance with these Official Rules.

6. By entering this contest, participants agree that their paragraph about why they want a Mirrix Loom will be posted publicly on the Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms blog. 

7. DISPUTE RESOLUTION/GOVERNING LAW. To the fullest extent permitted by law, by participating in the contest, you agree that: (a) any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Official Rules or this contest shall be filed exclusively in the federal or state courts of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire and you hereby consent and submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action; (b) any such action shall be resolved individually, NOT as part of a class action; (c) any claims/judgments/awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred (if any), but NOT attorneys’ fees. These Official Rules and this Sweepstakes shall be governed by the internal, substantive laws of the State of New Hampshire.

Thoughts on Teaching Tapestry

As some of you know I have been working on a class through CraftArtsEdu for quite some time now. The first part, taking all the photos while weaving the piece, was a lot of fun (of course I did that with Elena, so how could it not be fun!).  Now I am on my own doing the voice over. Yes, I will get to done before all of your kits are layered with dust.  I just found out that two days of voice overs sound like I am talking inside a ball of fuzz.  I fought with my microphone and adjustments for hours only to finally get the bright idea that maybe it wasn’t on my end.  Sure enough, I think hurricane Sandy wreck havoc on the servers that are hosting this class.  So two day’s of voice overs were lost. Yuck.  They are really hard to do.  But all is not lost because in the meanwhile I had the lovely opportunity to teach a private workshop to a lovely woman named Amy.  And of the things I realized while I was teaching her is that I need to incorporate that kind of teaching style in to the voice overs.  Now granted, I am still warping the loom in the voice overs and there is no way to give that too much exciting color.  So I was glad I taught Amy before I got into the weaving part of the class.  Now I am so excited to get back to it if only those servers would behave.  Things do seem to always happen for a reason.

Back to Amy.  I love one-on-one teaching.  I can sit next to the student and watch and comment the entire time.  It eliminates frustration because I am right there to trouble shoot or make a joke  I kind of knew right away that Amy was going to be a quick study.  I always ask people what other crafts, hobbies, etc. they’ve done in the past.  Amy was a quilter using a huge quilting sewing machine and was also interested in carpentry (I found out later that she and her husband did all the finish work in their new home) and that she works as a computer programmer.  When you put all three together and can imagine the frustration levels possible in each, I knew that Amy would find warping the loom easy.  I didn’t know how she would take to the actual weaving.

Warping flew by.  I think there was one mistake and I think I made it!  Easily fixed and a good trouble shooting lesson.  One of the heddles was not completely looped on.  Amy was the personification of calm.

I didn’t know how much time I had with her.  I knew she was going home with a loom with part of a weaving on it, but in a relatively short amount of time I had to give her enough knowledge that she could go home (with a book as well) and have fun weaving.  She used the Small tapestry purse kit and will be making a purse, but not the one in the kit.  At first I thought I might incorporate the sample from the CraftArtsEdu class but then I realized we would never get past just a tiny handful of techniques.  I finally decided that we would just go for the advanced techniques first and if she could survive them, she could use the book to figure out the more basic techniques.  She was all for it.  Amy just wanted to play!

I taught Amy the concept of weaving in opposite directions as well as weaving with eccentric wefts.  With these two skills you can basically build any shape and do some really serious shading.  Amy learned how to add and remove colors and how to keep a bunch of them traveling in the correct direction and in the correct relationship with one another.

Two hours of weaving produced a piece an inch to an inch and half long in spots and five inches wide.  Doesn’t seem like a lot, but there was a lot of learning packed into that little piece.  Note how perfect the selvedges are!  I imagine Amy will continue in these same vein for the next fourteen inches and have a stunning piece when she is done.  Her husband (who bought this lesson and loom for her birthday) expects her to make “pictures” almost immediately and I expect she very well could!

That’s nine wefts in a space five inches wide.  That’s a lot to keep track of.

Proud owner of New Mirrix Loom with beginning tapestry.