Creating my Tapestry Woven Pouch ... Part Two!


I have been weaving on my Tapestry pouch pretty steady and I must say, these handyed silks of Claudia's are not only beautiful in color, but such a joy to work with!  I wove at a 10 dent sett and the weaving process just flowed along for me.  I decided to add a few beaded rows along the way!  Sometimes that can be a little tricky, but with patience it all flows perfectly.

I wrote notes along the way during the entire weaving process.  Things I discovered, didn't want to try again, things I enjoyed and wanted to remember.  In honor of Poetry Month (always in April) I even wrote a poem!  Why not write about what you love . . . right?

This has been such a fun project for me.  I have woven many pouches with chunky fibers, mixed threads and elements of nature, so weaving with strictly hand-dyed silks, at a fine sett was a different experience for me. I really enjoyed the slow rhythmic feeling it gave me along the way. I do encourage you to try something different, we all learn from new experiences.

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Copying as Flattery: A Mini Mirrix Moment

I am in the mood today to throw out some flattery. Actaually, I  was just so inspired by Elena's crystal and seed bead bracelet on leather attached to the Mini Mirrix without a warping bar. Wow, that was a  mouthful. I don't happen to have any leather around but I do have plenty of hand-painted silk and some buttons, a rubber  O-ring. In other words, enough stuff to test the no-warping-bar warping method.

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Painting Silk

I recently hand-painted a bunch of silk for sale on bobbins in quantities of six, twelve, in limited quantities twenty-four, and to be included in a few of our kits such as the Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet,   Affinity Bracelet, Blue Hibiscus Bracelet and the Woven Silk Bracelet as well as in our Craftsy kits designed for use with our Craftsy classe.

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Now Taking Customized Color Silk Orders

Interested in purchasing some of Mirrix's hand-painted silk, but looking for specific colors?

We are now taking customized color silk orders.

Simply email us at the address mirrixsilk@gmail.com with your color range preferences.

Claudia will then personally pick out some bobbins in the color ranges you indicated and email you a photo of the selections. Email back with your final choices (the photo will have the bobbins laid out in a line, make your selections by saying you either want all, none or, the number in line of each bobbin you want. For example, you might say you want "the 1st, 3rd and 5th" bobbins.) Remember to also indicate the number of bobbins you'd like of each color.

Claudia is always painting new silk, so her selection changes quite often.

Once you have made your selection, we will send you an invoice via PayPal (which can also be paid via credit card.) You can also request to pay by check.

Bobbins will be $6.00 a bobbin plus $4.50 flat shipping.Shipping is within the United States, please ask for a shipping price estimate elsewhere. You must make a minimum order of 6 bobbins.

If you order more than 12, you will get a 10% discount on the order, not including shipping.

If you love our hand-painted silk and want to get a mix of colorways, we also have three different silk packages available.

Six Skeins of Hand-Painted Silk: $35
Spring Fling Silk & Gold Package: $65
Silk & Gold Kit: $65

Have a question? Email Elena elena@mirrixlooms.com.
Ready to get started? Email your color selections along with your mailing address to mirrixsilk@gmail.com.
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Customer Project Feature: Knotted Pile Galaxy by Pinar Miski

In June we asked our community to submit ideas of what they would weave on their Mirrix Loom if they were given some hand-painted silk. We then choose three people to get free silk with which they could try out their ideas. Here is the final project from one of the winners, Pinar Miski!

Here was her idea: “I had the pleasure of hosting Sara Lamb for our weaver’s guild back in October. She taught me how to weave knotted pile. If I had the silk, I’d like to use my 12″ little guy Mirrix to weave a small knotted pile panel to incorporate into a woven purse or perhaps a wall hanging. It will either be a spiral galaxy / astronomy design or a traditional Turkish kilim motif (since that’s where I was born).”

We also asked our winners to suggest what colors of silk they wanted. We did our best to accommodate their wishes. Because Pinar was weaving a galaxy we also threw in some gold thread, which she sprinkled throughout the black background like random stars.

Picking out silk for Pinar's project was a lot of fun. I have always been inspired in my weaving by pictures of galaxies. The colors are so profound. I dug through my stash and came up what I hoped with inspire Pinar as well. I also threw in some gold thread which you can see in the black background.

Pinar had initially asked that we include some black silk but as the universe makes its own rules, we were completely out of black. This was a stroke of luck actually because the background was woven in wool with, as I mentioned, specs of gold thread. The contrast between the duller wool and the very bright, shinny silk was the perfect complement for this piece. Had she used black silk for the background it would have competed with the silk in the galazy.

What also struck me about Pinar’s use of our silk for this particular project is that the mulbury silk we use was originally intended to make knotted pile rugs so in fact Pinar was using it exactly how it should be used. That makes sense. It works perfectly in her piece.

It's so satisfying to know that those sweet little bobbins of hand-painted silk and gold thread inspired such a breath-taking piece of art.

Here is her final project:

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Woven Silk and Crystals

If you weave, whatever you weave, you love the materials with which you weave. After all, those materials are the bricks that make your weaving and if those bricks are crumbling and dull, what you weave will embody those traits. Materials that are rich and filled with color and texture and body will make your project sing. Hence, it's no surprise that I get excited when I wield my paint brush over skeins of silk or receive a box of materials in the mail. Admiring that hand-painted silk once it has dried and put on skeins gives me the same feeling as receiving, as I recently did, a box of crystals. The goal is of course to make something worthy of the materials. It doesn't have to be an intensely complicated long-term project. It can be something very simple that elegantly incorporates the gems and threads.

To that end, I made the following two woven projects which I would like to share with you.

Okay, you've seen the hand-painted silk a million times but I am going to post a picture of them anyway. The crystals are new, at least to me. I have frequently used size 4mm fire polish crystals in my work. This is the first time I've used the more delicate size 2mm fire polish crystals. I kept my color choices simple: a couple of versions of gold and just clear crystals.

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Silk Bracelets Galore (plus a new kit and a great deal)

By Mirrix CEO Claudia Chase

I cannot stop making these.

 

 

Two were made on an eight inch loom and one was made on a Mini Mirrix. Because of the way I wove it, it didn't much matter whether or not I used a shedding device. When you are weaving across two or three warps, which was of ten the case, it doesn't make much sense to reach up and change the shed. I did have the shedding device on the eight inch loom for occasions when I wove from selvedge to selvedge.

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Inspiration in Paradise

I never thought I would end up in Hawaii, but I did. I decided since I was already going to Seattle for Elena's graduation from Graduate School and Hawaii is only a fairly long hop and a skip away and after all that hard work she really did deserve a fitting present . . . all to say, we rather spontaneously ended up in Hawaii. Added to our great fortune to be able to go there was the fact that we have lovely friends who live there and we were able to bask in their hospitality for our short four day visit.And Paradise provided tons of color inspiration. The light there is amazing as is the sky, the ocean, the flowers, the beaches.

 

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More of that Hand-painted Silk

I call it weaving-lite. It's what I do when I want to weave but don't really want to think. My go-to material is hand-painted silk because of its no-fail qualities. If you want to just play with fiber on your Mirrix, use great materials and you probably will create something that is pleasing if not out-right amazing. And it will get you through the moments when your creativity light is not shining at its brightest. After all, creating art is really 95% doing it and 5% true creativity. Often we are repeating something we've already done with slight alterations. These baby steps keep us moving toward the rare but wonderful huge insights. And if you are like me, you can't help but make things constantly.

Let me begin with the beginning which wasn't weaving, but was actually turning an already woven silk strip into a wearable item. I was inspired by the below findings that I had just received in the mail. I thought they would be perfect for making a silk bracelet, and I was right.

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Hand-Painted Silk Day Coming

I am away from my studio/office for a while. A much needed break to both have a bit of a vacation as well as to get the kind of work done Elena and I have a hard time accomplishing on FaceTime (ie., making a whole new slew of ebooks and, of course, doing our tapestry/bead cuff weave-along). We also have the great fortune of having good friends who live in Hawaii (Elena is in Seattle) so it was only a hop, skip and a jump to get to them. My first time; Elena's second. Heavenly friends and paradise. Who could ask for more.

But the point of this post is to talk about hand-painted silk. I am analyzing the colors of Hawaii, of course, because they are amazing. And when I do return to NH (I am now in Seattle) I will paint many, many kilos of silk.

That picture of my hand painted silk yarn you see above . . . well, it was taken in the sand at a beach in Hawaii. Oh my gosh, the colors are exactly replicated in that photo. I always thought that taking photos in direct sunlight would wash out the image. But in this case it just made it so real. Want to see some more?

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