Simple Beaded Bracelet

I wanted to make a simple, quick beaded bracelet. I haven't woven beads in a while because lately I've been kind of obsessed with hand-painted silk bracelets and small tapestries. But the beads started calling.

Sometimes I just really crave simple: simple materials, simple design, but great colors. So I wanted this bracelet to be just that.

I decided I wanted to use the same clasp I've been using for the hand-painted silk bracelets. I figured out that I needed to use either 11/0 Delica or 15/0 beads in order for the bracelet to fit correctly into the clasp (obviously, smaller beads would work but that's my limit!).

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New Clip Design

If you purchased a Mirrix Loom in the spring of 2015 or later, you may have slightly different wooden clips on your loom than the ones we show in our instructions and promotional material.

Following is all you need to know about the new clips!

First, the new clips have wing-nuts to hold the brass disks to the clip instead of screws. This means you will not need a screwdriver when putting on your shedding device.

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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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Does Your Loom Travel in Style?

Does Your Loom Travel in Style? Mine doesn't.

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A little silk obsession

I can't seem to stop weaving silk (which, by the way, is on sale until that big day with a heart involved). But lately the finishing is as much fun as the weaving. I've showed you this one before, but this time Elena took the photographs and put them in a neat little package. I love it. And of course I need to pause here to remind you that I will be teaching this sort of thing at NOA Gallery on March 14th and 15th in Groton, MA. We have a few more spots, so don't hesitate to sign up.

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What to Make for a Last-Minute Gift?

I'm not typically a last-minute type of person, but I always have last-minute shopping to do during the holidays. This morning, as a looked over my list, I realized that I still don't have a present for one of my girl-friends. I think I want to make to her something. I thought I'd share a few of my ideas in case any of you are in a similar situation and want to weave some last-minute gifts! Do you have any suggestions for last-minute gifts? Let us know in the comments and share your handmade gift-giving stories!

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We Love The New Spencer Treadle... But Don't Take Our Word For It

Did you ever watch Reading Rainbow? It was a PBS kid's show that started in the 80s about the wonder of books and reading. At the end of every show there was a segment of book reviews by kids. LeVar Burton, the host, would start off the segment by saying, "But you don't have to take my word for it!" And then the kids would launch into their reviews. This phrase came to mind when I started planning this post.

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I told you so!

As I was packing beads and way too many kits to haul off to Convergence where we had a booth in July, Elena said: "These are fiber weavers. They are not going to buy beads and kits."

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A Little Crystal bling!

I bought these crystals a while ago. (Update: You can now purchase these crystals in our store here.) More like, I've been collecting these crystals because it was more than just one buying moment. They are not Swarovski Crystals, although I can't tell the difference between these and Swarovski. They are cheaper by 30%. They are called Kangfu Crystals and are made in China. They are leaded 4 mm bicones and hand cut (not sure how that happens! . . . sounds like a lot of work). I imagine a line of people picking up each crystal and hand cutting them? I tend to not believe these little bicones are hand cut. I assume there is some kind of machine that does it. I know that Swarovski Crystals are cut by machine. I am digressing. The bottom line is these lead (and crystals apparently have to be about 30% lead in order to have those great qualities we associate with crystals) crystals are very lovely and were begging to be woven on the loom.

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Recent to the Mirrix store

We love to share out "toys" and supplies with our customers so when we run into something we love to use we eventually find a way to get it out to you. Our most recent additions to the Mirrix Store are:

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