How to allow yourself to Experiment with your Mirrix

After doing a demo on how to cut t-shirts into one continuous strip, I decided that I was going to dive in and weave with t-shirt yarn I'd created. When I'd set up my Mirrix, I decided that I wanted this piece to be full of experimentation, allowing myself not to worry about the finished product, and to pay more attention to trying some new things. 

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The Tapestry Weaving of the Coptics

Looking at fragments of tapestries online is frustrating at best. Any one who loves fibers knows that there is nothing like seeing fiberart (whatever that entails) in person. Being able to touch it is even better. And being able to see the back, invaluable. Because I cannot see the many Coptic textile fragments in person (and there are many that have survived even from the very beginnings of the Coptic culture, way back in the first century A.D.) it took me qute some time to unravel the first mystery: why did it seem like so many of the tapestry fragments were attached to a linen even weave background? I would like to say I solved this mystery on my own, but in fact I found the answer in a textile text book. I have discovered that some times the most comrehensive explanations for the orgin and structure of textiles comes from text books. They talk about all the geeky details from whether the yarns are S or Z spun, how many plies, what kind of weave, etc. Answers that are not commonly found in history books.

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A Brief History of Tapestry Weaving

Tapestry (or weft -faced weaving) has been with us for a very, very long time. The richness and diversity of tapestry is a fascinating history of both ancient and not so ancient cultures. The oldest fragments of tapestry that have been discovered came from Egypt and date back to 1500 B.C. I found these photos of such fragments here.

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Let's Talk Looms: Where Do You Weave?

Welcome to our second #letstalklooms Monday!

Let’s Talk Looms is a new blog/social media series by Mirrix Looms. Every Monday we’ll post a new weaving-related discussion topic that we’ll talk about here in the comments on the blog, on Ravelry, Twitter (with hashtag #letstalklooms), Instagram and Facebook!

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Today’s question: Where do you weave?

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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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Ten Reasons to Choose a Mirrix

Maybe you've played around with a wooden frame weaving loom or a little wire bead loom and you're ready to take the next step in your weaving journey. Perhaps you've just discovered weaving and you're looking to start out weaving with the best loom you can buy. It could be that you can't decide if you're into fiber art or bead art and you want a loom that can do it all. Whatever the reason, here are our top ten reasons why you might want to choose a Mirrix for your weaving needs.

1.) Versatility

From tapestry weaving to bead weaving to wire weaving and free-form fiber weaving, Mirrix Looms are incredibly versatile.

2.) Size Options

Mirrix Looms come in eight sizes, from the 5" wide Mini Mirrix to the 38" wide Zeus Loom, allowing you to choose a loom size that best fits your needs. Need help deciding? Get a free loom recommendation below.

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Art: It's Not Just For Artists

I am not an artist.

This statement, of course, begs the question, "Who is an artist?"

This answer varies from person to person, from medium to medium and from age to age (I'm pretty sure all children are artists). But most artists I know... they know they are artists. These are the people who can't function without creating: The ones who try to smuggle knitting needles on airplanes; those who can never leave the beach without leaving behind a sculpture; individuals who sink into a deep depression after only a few days not behind their wheel, their loom or their canvas.

I read a post by Rebecca Mezoff the other day (side note: If you want to learn tapestry, you need to check out her online class). The post was titled, "The Desperate Joy of Making Art" and in it she said:

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Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Almost 19 years ago my mom started Mirrix. She was a professional tapestry weaver simply looking for a better portable loom. It turned out a lot of other people were looking for that same thing. When mom started Mirrix I was 11 and didn't have much of an interest in parental business ventures. As long as she was still always around when we got home from school, I was happy. It wasn't until I was in high school that I really became aware of her success and her accomplishments with Mirrix. There she was, this artist without a business degree, running a successful business on her own. That pride has only burgeoned since.

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