Elena Zuyok

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The "Not Afraid of Color Project" Part II

Sometimes you have the urge to do something crazy and fun and break all the rules. That's what this project was all about. I won't call this piece a tapestry because it isn't. It's a weaving. A weird, colorful, fluffy weaving. After we dyed the yarn for this piece (more on that here), we got to warping the loom. Here's Claudia warping so I could take pictures: 

Here's the loom all warped and on a stand. I don't own my own Sitting/Standing Loom Stand so I haven't used one very often, but weaving this piece with the stand made me want one. 

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Buy a(n ON SALE) Treadle and You Might Be Gifted a Handmade Pouch!

If you've been trying to decide whether or not to buy an Electric Spencer Treadle for your Mirrix Loom, June is the time! 

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Win The Tapestry Bracelet Kit for Weave-Along 24!

Mirrix's 24th Weave-Along is a FREE online event. In it participants will learn how to make a beautiful tapestry bracelet. This weave-along was designed specifically for beginners who hope to get some extra support learning basic tapestry skills.

To learn more about this fun (and free) event, click here.

Want to win the weave-along kit? 

(If you already purchased the kit and you win we can either issue a refund for the full cost of the kit or send you a second kit.) 



TO WIN: Tag a friend you think would like to take part in Mirrix's 24th Weave-Along on [ONLY] one of the following three posts:

On Instagram
On our Facebook Group (pinned post)
On our Facebook Page (pinned post)

Winner will be chosen at random on June 1st and contacted via social media. Contest ends at the end of day on May 31st, 2017.

Good luck! 

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Weave-Along 24: The Take-Your-Loom-Out-Of-The-Box Tapestry Bracelet

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For Mother's Day: Save 15% off The Mirrix Lani Loom

Mirrix Looms is run by a mother and daughter (that's me) team, so Mother's Day at Mirrix always feels like an occasion to be celebrated. This year we've decided to put a loom on sale, something that we don't do very often.

The 8" Lani Loom (with or without the shedding device) is 15% off in the Mirrix online store through Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14th).

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The "Not Afraid of Color" Project

Today, Claudia and I dyed roving for a project that you will learn more about as this blog series progresses. Or, rather, Claudia dyed and I took pictures and marveled at how easy she makes it look. Our goal was "inperfect", which is a really fun goal to have and allowed us to play and experiment with color.

The biggest lesson I learned? Don't be afraid. "If worst comes to worst," Claudia said, "You can dye it black." 

First, we soaked roving in citric acid. Then, we boiled pots of water with more citric acid. Usually you also add salt as well, which slows the process down, but because we wanted inperfect we skipped that part. Next, we added dye to the pots. 










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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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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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