When you first decide to take on something new, be it a sport or craft or hobby, you have to decide early on how much money you want to invest in your new commitment.
When I started doing yoga a few years ago I was using a paper-thin mat I found in my closet. After about a week of sore knees I realized if I was going to spend $100 a month on classes, I might as well get a nice mat. I ended up getting a fairly high-end mat that is still in great condition many hundreds of uses later. Looking back, choosing a good mat once I'd committed to my practice instead of investing a little less in a not-so-good one was a great choice.
If I were a beginner looking for a tapestry or bead loom, I would take a similar approach to loom buying.
Before investing in a Mirrix for tapestry, you want to make sure that you like tapestry. Instead of going out and buying a mediocre loom, we suggest either making your own basic tapestry frame, using a rigid heddle loom if you happen to already own one for tapestry or borrowing a friend's loom. Note that a basic frame and a rigid heddle loom are not going to be ideal for tapestry, but they will give you an idea of whether you want to pursue tapestry weaving. Check out this blog post to learn how to make a basic frame loom for tapestry.
Once you've decided that you want to learn how to weave tapestry, it's time to choose a loom. The great thing about Mirrix Looms is that they will last you from being a beginner to becoming an expert. Plus, there are a few ways to save money as a beginner that will allow you to add-on as you grow.
As a beginner: Purchase a 12" Little Guy Loom without the shedding device. With some warp, weft and a simple fork you can begin your tapestry weaving journey! This loom is only $205, not much more than you'll pay for an unexceptional loom that you'll eventually want to trade for a Mirrix anyway.
For Bead Weaving
Before investing in a Mirrix for bead weaving, you want to make sure that you like weaving beads. Instead of going out and buying a mediocre loom, we suggest trying out a very simple bead loom. We bet someone you know has one lying around! Now, you won't be able to do much on this loom besides weave a bracelet, and the experience might be a little frustrating (the tension on those little looms will drive you nuts), but it will give you a good idea if you want to move on to bigger and better thing!
Once you've decided that you want to experiment more with weaving beads, it's time to choose a loom. The great thing about Mirrix Looms is that they will last you from being a beginner to becoming an expert. Plus, there are a few ways to save money as a beginner that will allow you to add-on as you grow.
As a beginner: Get the "Easy Warp" Sam Loom with the bead weaving package. Get your hands on good pair of scissors and a measuring tape and you're ready to get started! This loom is super easy to warp and use and will
A little later: Get a warping bar and a set of wooden clips to warp your loom so you can advance your weaving (giving you more weaving length) plus some extra springs to accommodate different bead sizes and a Bottom Spring Kit to help organize your warp threads when weaving wider pieces. Maybe you want to try a No Warp-Ends Kit as well, to make fast pieces that are easy to finish!
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