Turning Your Photos into Art (plus a free bead pattern and a sale)

There is something so satisfying about taking a beautiful photo and then turning it into another medium such as bead weaving or tapestry.

For tapestry, you would blow up the photo into a cartoon (a full size rendering of the photo) and put it behind the warps, most likely keeping a copy of the photo in sight at the front of the loom. You can do this for bead weaving as well, which I know this because I come from a tapestry background. At first, I would just copy my tapestry weaving methods and apply them to beads. But that was before I discovered bead software that allows you to render a photo into a bead graph. I waded through a couple of bead pattern creation programs before I discovered that the best software for turning photos into bead graphs is BeadCreator Pro. I like other bead programs for other reasons, but PCP seems to be more sophisticated than other bead software in allowing you to tweak the colors of a photograph-turned-bead pattern until you come up with a final product that not only looks like the photo but that does not have five zillion different bead colors. I draw the line at 25 colors, but usually opt for fewer.

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Studio visit with Janna

Hey there,

I'm changing it up and trying out a video post in a sort of podcast style to see how it feels. Sorry about all the snapping sounds in the background - it's the fireplace crackling.

In this update I talk about my terrible habit of weaving with no design in mind, I share a bit of the history of Everlea Textiles, and show you why I'm weaving my next tapestry design on its side. Below are links to the items I talk about.

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Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms Demonstration @ The Handweavers Studio & Gallery

Will you be in or near London On Saturday, April 1st, 2017? From 11:00 - 16:00 I will be at The Handweavers Studio and Gallery in London demonstrating what a Mirrix can do, giving people the chance to weave on one and raffling off a 12” Little Guy Loom to one lucky weaver!

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The fun in starting a new weaving project!

I have been wanting to begin the Mirrix Beaded woven cuff project for months now and there is always something getting in the way to keep me from starting!  Do you ever have times like that? Perhaps not enough time or not enough looms?  The holidays have come and gone and I am still having a time carving out time to weave and play!

I don't know if you know it or not but Mirrix Looms has an amazing project section on their website and they willingly share there ideas, techniques and project notes for you to try too!  They also have weave a long projects, and sell their kits to accompany the weave a long.  You don't have to worry about finding all the materials, they are all in the kit ready for you to begin!

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Crowdsourced Yarn/Sett List

 When you're just beginning with tapestry, figuring out what to use for weft can be difficult and confusing.

We thought it might be helpful to put together a list of what tapestry yarns people use and what sett they warp at. We've started putting together a spreadsheet, which can be viewed here. If you'd like to add to this crowdsourced list, you can fill out this form here.

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Tell us why you #lovetoweave and win engraved heart clips!

The wooden clips on Mirrix Looms are used to hold the warping bar while warping as well as the shedding device if that is being used. 

In honor of Valentine's Day we are giving away a pair of custom engraved heart clips. 

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The Front Page Contest

We are looking for high-quality images of Mirrix Looms and work done on Mirrix Looms to be featured on the front page of our website!

Think: Someone weaving on a Mirrix outside. A Mirrix Loom perched on a table in a beautiful, colorful studio. A tapestry on a wall. A piece of sparkling jewelry. 

For each image we choose to use, we will give the submitter a $20 Mirrix Looms gift certificate and the image will be featured on our website's homepage along with the name and a link to the website/blog of the artist who submitted the image. 


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The Case Against the $5 Loom


If you've never woven beads or fiber and are on a budget, we think trying out weaving on an inexpensive or homemade loom is a great idea. You get a sense of the craft without investing too much money. 

That said, here at Mirrix we strongly believe that high-quality equipment and supplies are important for every artist and craftsperson to do their best work. In fact, Mirrix Looms were created specifically to meet the needs of a weaver who wanted a portable loom with which she could make professional-quality work.

A Mirrix is like your first nice car or piece of furniture. It's an investment in the best piece of equipment to help you be more successful in your weaving pursuits.

So go get that $5 loom if you want to, but then put it aside and consider a Mirrix. Because you need the best equipment to produce your best work. 

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