The Mirrix Looms 2017 Summer Weaving Challenge

Summer is here and we’re looking forward to sunshine, longer days and weaving in the sunshine on those longer days. To help keep our wonderful community inspired this July and August, today we are launching Mirrix’s very first Summer Weaving Challenge. 

Every Monday through the end of August members of the challenge group will get an email with a new weaving-related (we are going to focus on bead and tapestry/weft-faced weaving, but all weavers are welcome to join) challenge. Challenges will be about the weaving process rather than the product and can be completed at any time through the end of August.

Here are some challenge examples:
-Give someone a weaving lesson. This could be a young person, a family
member, a friend, a stranger… anyone! Even if you’re a beginner, there’s always someone who can learn from you.
-Take your loom out of the house. Go weave in a coffee shop, on the beach, in a park… somewhere where you’ve never taken your loom before. 
-Weave something totally out of your comfort zone. This challenge gives you permission to make mistakes, to do something crazy or silly and wildly creative.  

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The Newbie's Guide to Pick and Pick

I remember learning the tapestry technique Pick and Pick. I was trying to follow instructions in a book and found myself constantly making mistakes. The middle of the piece would look great, but my selvedges were riddled with errors. My "aha" moment came when I stopped for a moment and considered how lines in tapestry work and how that creates the Pick and Pick pattern.

The key to understanding Pick and Pick is the same key to understanding how tapestry weaving works at a very basic level. In tapestry, your warp threads are always covered. When you weave one pass through your weft, you have successfully covered HALF of your warp threads because you are weaving over and under warp threads as you go across. When you weave a pass going back the other way, you cover the other half of those warp threads. Therefore, two passes with your weft makes a complete line. 

With Pick and Pick you weave one weft in one direction in one color and then another weft in that same direction in another color to make a line instead of weaving in one direction and then back in the other direction. 

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Living the Woven Life

This will be my last blog post as part of the Social Marketing team for Mirrix Looms and I must say it certainly was a fast year!  What a joy it was to represent an amazing company so full of passion for weaving and design!  Thank you Claudia and Elena for giving so much of your life's effort to make Mirrix such a strong and successful company!

So it got me to thinking ... what would I like my final blog post to be about?  The word Connection kept coming to mind and how could I relate that to living my life as a Tapestry Weaver?  Weaving is all about connected threads; fibers crossing over one other, creating a texture or a single design.  Isn't that what our lives are truly about as well?

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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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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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How to Add Texture to Your Weaving

One of the reasons that I love textiles, is because I LOVE texture and am always looking to find new ways to bring texture into my weaving. A good place to start is with a chunky yarn, in the video you'll see that I"m using roving, which makes great texture, and is also very forgiving because it's bulky. 

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How to Display your Tapestry

" Art is never finished, only abandoned." Leonardo da Vinci

For a long time I never finished any of my work. There were always a few ends left untied and one or two random threads that needed to be cut. It was safer not to finish.

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Having trouble deciding what to weave?

 Every artist has a moment when they're sitting staring at the blank page , blank canvas, or empty loom wondering what in the world they want to make. It can be hard and frustrating place to be. In the video below, I'll walk you though a simple and fun exercise to help get your creative juices flowing, and push you to try some new ideas on your mirrix.

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