Mirrix’s Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet is by far our most popular kit and project. Not only is it a beautiful and versatile bracelet, it is so much fun to make and a great project for a beginner or an experienced weaver.
A few months ago we hosted an updated Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet weave-along and have subsequently updated our FREE instructional ebook for this project. This new ebook has better pictures and better tapestry technique explanations.
In the ebook you’ll learn:
-How to set-up and warp a Mirrix Loom
-How to combine beads and fiber
-Some basic tapestry weaving techniques
-How to finish a woven bracelet on a cuff
Click here to download the new version!
In celebration of the availability of this new download, we’re offering $10 off our Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet Kit through Friday (9/14) plus a special Loom and Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet Kit Package with a free 10-dent warp coil that will save you up to $34!
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Cannot be combined with any other offers. Can only be used once. Only valid at mirrixlooms.com. Good only through Friday 9/14/2015.
Note: The loom package will not ship until at least the first week of October, 2015
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There are two types jewelry most women have: The jewelry you wear all the time and the jewelry that sits in your jewelry box waiting for a special occasion. This bracelet, made of silk and crystals, falls into that first category. In fact, you’re never going to want to take it off your wrist.
For our eighteenth weave-along, we will be making this gorgeous bracelet.
What’s a Weave-Along, you ask?
A weave-along is a FREE online course. Claudia Chase and Elena Zuyok of Mirrix Looms will lead participants through a project woven on a loom. Every Sunday participants will get an email going over what had been worked on the week before and giving instructions and tips for the week ahead. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with other members of the weave-along via email and social media sites including the Mirrix Facebook Page, Mirrix Facebook Group and Mirrix Ravelry Page. This is a community event!
Please note you must be using a genuine Mirrix Loom to participate in these Mirrix-sponsored events.
When? Where? How?
September 13th – September 27th, 2015
September 13th- 19th: Warping & Weaving
September 20th – 27th: Finishing
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.
Next week, our 17th weave-along will begin. A weave-along is a free online class where participants receive weekly emails with instructions (written, pictures and video) for each step of the weave-along project. For this weave-along, we will revisit our fabulous (and famous) Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet Project. In it you will learn the basics of weaving on a Mirrix, how to combine beads and fiber, a few tapestry techniques and how to finish this gorgeous bracelet. You can learn more about the weave-along and sign-up here.
If you haven’t yet purchased a Mirrix yet, we have a special loom package available just for this weave-along that includes everything you need to get started (besides basics like a good pair of scissors). You’ll save $20 on the package and get a free 10-dent coil that is perfect for this project. It’s a great deal and the perfect way to get started making beautiful, handmade bead and fiber creations!
Check out the Weave-Along 17 Loom and Kit Package here.
We look forward to weaving-along with you!
A few years ago, Mirrix’s CEO Claudia Chase came up with a fun and easy way to combine beads and fiber on a Mirrix Loom. Using the shedding device, beading cord, 8/0 beads, silk and novelty yarn Claudia came up with the first Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet.
The project took off almost immediately and has been featured in Beadwork Magazine, Beads, Baubles & Jewels and in our class on Craftsy.
For #throwbackthursday we’re looking back at some old bracelet projects from around Claudia’s studio. Looking through these projects makes me want to take the rest of the day off and head to my loom! For more inspiration, visit our free projects page!
The title sounds like we have a new product but we don’t. We have a new suggestion for a product you should make on your Mirrix Loom for you. Just for you. The big season of gift giving is over and now all you makers of wonderful things can think about making something just for you.
First I have to tell you that once again it was a customer who inspired me to think up this idea. He suggested we drill a hole in the wooden clip to hold the tiny wrench because it’s one of those things that loves to get lost. And it was a great idea except if you watch the making of a clip video you will see that doing so will involve a whole other step to what are a lot of steps already. And hence it would add cost to the clips . . . well, you know the drill. And then I thought: it’s not just the wrench that goes missing. Springs (especially if you own more than one Mirrix) go missing as well. You get this pile of springs and have no idea which loom they belong to. The big wrench falls on the floor and you can’t find it just when you need it most. Tapestry needles go for a long walk. So my idea is to weave a tapestry pouch that will velcro to the back of the loom and hold all the items for that loom.
The velcro idea was lifted from my DH. He has velcro tabs stuck all over the cabin of his boat and the coordinating side stuck to very useful items like: cellphone, flashlight, screw driver, etc. The idea is that if you shove these things into one of the zillions of drawers/cabinets found on a boat you will never find them when you most need them (either just because you need them or because if you don’t find that screw driver to unstick something on the engine it might just blow up). It works.
Velcro could be stuck vertically (you get the one with a sticky side, not the one you sew on . . . .and trust me this stuff sticks because it’s stayed on that boat!) to the left of brass nut on the top beam and on the back. You can make a little extra tab on your tapestry to be the same size as the velcro so it isn’t unsightly.
Challenge: will you join me in making a Mirrix Tapestry Accessory Pouch? How many do you need to make? Which translates into: how many Mirrix Looms do you own?
This is by Claudia. And to that end I want to tell you that if I don’t identify my posts and you want a clue as to who wrote it: I follow the old fashion rule of double spacing after a period and Elena only spaces once! I can’t break the habit.
Last night I noticed that beads were a big part of many Oscar looks and I decided to take some notes to see what additional fashion trends might be able to be parlayed into bead or tapestry weaving projects on a Mirrix Loom!
Here are my top three!
- Black & White Colorblock
Patricia Arquette, winner of best supporting actress, wore a beautiful Rosetta Getty black and white colorblock dress last night. Reese Witherspoon stuck to the same palette, wearing an off-the-shoulder Tom Ford gown. They were both gorgeous and definitely provided me with some black and white weaving inspiration.
Pearls are in, and I can’t wait to add some to my next beaded bracelet! Last year’s best supporting actress winner, Lupita Nyong’o, wore a stunning Calvin Klein gown covered in pearls and Best Actress nominee Felicity Jones donned pearls on the bodice of her Alexander McQueen gown.
- Beads, Beads, Beads
The Oscars are all about sparkle, and this year beads were in. Naomi Watts sported beads in her Armani Privé gown and best supporting actress nominee Emma Stone dazzled in a custom beaded Elie Saab gown.
If you don’t have a Mirrix yet and are inspired to start weaving (who knows, maybe your jewelry design will make it to the red carpet next year) you can get a free loom recommendation here.
If you want to make the beautiful black and white silk and bead cuffs shown here? Learn how by following the instructions in this throwback weave-along.
It was two and a half years ago that Elena and I headed off to Colorado to make our Craftsy class. Although there was a huge amount of preparation before hand and I nearly had a nervous breakdown making sure that I sent them all the stuff I would need (like a cooking show, I had to have projects at various stages of completion on looms which meant a lot of looms with a lot of stuff on them plus I needed all the materials I was going to use . . . the list filled two huge boxes!) and before even that planning out the projects. But once we got there and they slapped some make-up on me and made my hair pretty, steamed my first of nine outfits, I was ready to go . . . and I stumbled through about ten takes before I could even spit out my introductory lines. Finally, with Elena directing me from the far side of the room, I got the hang of it.
In three days we filmed what became six hours of instruction. The crew at Craftsy was amazing. Everyone was nice. We were treated really well. The hotel was fabulous. It was one of those great experiences. And the class itself was really, really good. The editing was fabulous. My nine outfits were all very well pressed! The make up artist did wonders.
Yeah, we worked really hard but we also laughed really hard, sometimes collapsing in a pile on the floor after a particularly insane mistake. And they were so patient. Twenty-one hours of filming condensed to six hours. I don’t know how they survived that.
We have sold 5,500 of this class. Amazing. The price is right . . . never more than $19.95 and sometimes on sale for half that.
It’s nice to still be proud of something we did a while back. My tendency is to start disliking something I’ve worked hard on in this past. But for some reason, I seem to like this class more and more as time goes by. Maybe because I just can’t believe what a great job Craftsy did to edit it into something really worthwhile. I guess that’s what happens when you deal with pros.
For a preview please go here: http://www.craftsy.com/video/course?courseId=78 If nothing else you can see what a great job they did on my hair and make-up.
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. http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/noagallery/ We have a few more spots, so don’t hesitate to sign up.