Artist Block & The definitive(ish) Guide On Getting Through It

What to do, or not do, when going through an artist block

Have you ever hit an artist block? That awful, almost stifling feeling that happens when you, the artist, can’t seem to produce—or even entertain the thought of creating a single piece of art. It’s that virginia-woolf-like-moment where you’re wondering ‘fie, whereto hast’ all my creativity forth-gone’ (or at least I like to imagine that’s what she’d say).

I know that this does not happen to everyone. Case in point: my mom. That lady can get up every day and start a new project at the drop of a crochet pin. But I believe my art is directly tied to my emotions (yah, yuck—I’m that kind of artist). It can be a good thing! Once *inspired* …there’s nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing stopping me. Food—who needs that! Sleep—that’s for the weak! I believe this is where my ‘binge weaving’ habit stems from. Because once I feel that wave of inspiration I know I must fully embrace and ride it for all it’s worth. A surreal “I-want-to-feel-creative-forever” sort of feeling. It completely rushes over me, and I let that energy flow and freely produce whatever wonder it decides to bring.

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Having trouble deciding what to weave?

 Every artist has a moment when they're sitting staring at the blank page , blank canvas, or empty loom wondering what in the world they want to make. It can be hard and frustrating place to be. In the video below, I'll walk you though a simple and fun exercise to help get your creative juices flowing, and push you to try some new ideas on your mirrix.

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What's a Warp Coil?

When you're weaving beads or tapestry, how your warp threads (the threads that go around the loom) are spaced is very important. That spacing will allow you to weave the size beads you want (imagine trying to stick 8/0 beads into warp threads spaced for 11/0 beads) or the yarn you want (different thicknesses of warp -and weft- need different warp spacing.)

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$50 off BeadCreator Pro. 6

Want to create your very own bead patterns? BeadCreator Professional 6 is the perfect software for the job! It is fantastic at turning photographs into patterns and allows you to easily make patterns for beading both on your loom and off. 

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Weaving a Tapestry Dream Pouch Necklace . . . Part One

Creating a Tapestry Dream Pouch Necklace from start to finish

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Tapestry: Art With a History

It has been said that painting is the poor man's tapestry. This probably seems anomalous to most people, but if you've seen a castle-wall-sized tapestry, you get it. Imagine being able to afford one of those!

Until recently, I had only seen pictures of ancient tapestries and they didn't seem nearly as breathtakingly amazing as they are in real life. 

The first few of these awe-inspiring pieces were at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I walked into the climate-controlled tapestry room and I swear I had to hold back tears. I'm not one for Stendhal Syndrome, so this took me by surprise.

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Weaving for the art of it

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Navajo Style Weaving on a Mirrix Loom: YES YOU CAN

The other day Elena and I had a long conversation about weaving a Navajo style piece (ie., four selvedges, no fringe!) on a Mirrix Loom. We came up with one great idea. I tried it. It failed. Sad face. Then we rethought the whole thing. I tried it. Epic success! Elena smiled. I smiled. I will now share!

What you need to accomplish this: a couple of lengths of texslov cord, two thin metal rods, some strong string (I used Seine Twine) and the usual: warp and weft.

First, set up the thin bars on the back of the loom by wrapping two lengths of texslov cord around the loom and sticking both bars into the cord. This is the point where you can decide the length of your piece based on how high the loom is set and where you insert the bars. With this method, you will be able to weave a piece longer than the length of the loom. 

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What Can Be Made on a Mirrix Loom?

Mirrix Looms are versatile frame looms meant for tapestry and bead weaving; but with their great tension, 8 different available sizes and a myraid of available accessories, you can weave more than just jewelry and wall-hangings on a Mirrix! 

What project can you make on a Mirrix Loom? See our list below and tell what we missed in the comments!

Want to see some real life examples of projects woven on Mirrix Looms? Visit our Your Work Gallery (the image here shows just a few projects from this gallery) to see some amazing work made by Mirrix customers! 

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