Just popping in to let you know that in the coming weeks I’m teaching two introductory tapestry weaving workshops British Columbia Canada. One is coming up on Saturday Feb 11th in Gibsons Landing on the Sunshine Coast and the other is at Fibres West an annual textile marketplace in Surrey BC. I’m teaching a full-day workshop there on Friday March 17th.
In both workshops students will leave the workshop with a solid understanding of the process of warping up and weaving with multiple techniques like shape building, colour blending and textural techniques. We will talk about how to choose yarn for your projects, as well as finishing techniques and how to troubleshoot tapestry-specific issues. Students will leave with a good start on a sampler wall-hanging in colours of their choosing from a range of naturally dyed yarns made by me.
For both classes participants have the option of buying a Mirrix Loom from me before or after the class at a $20 discount.
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!
Today’s question: What was the first bead or tapestry piece you ever wove? Or, if you haven’t woven anything yet, what are you planning as your first piece?
It’s a long shot, but we are hoping to get a $100,000 grant from Chase to help our company grow. From a physical retail store to offering more classes and having representatives at more shows, we have lots of ideas of how to spend the money!
We’d love for you to show your support for Mirrix by helping us get the 250 unique votes to qualify.
Click here to vote and thank you for being an integral part of Mirrix!
This program hopes to unite Mirrix Looms (both the company and the products) with talented bead and tapestry weavers from around the world. By connecting these gifted artists, quality weaving equipment and the networks of both, the hope is to simultaneously increase awareness of each ambassador and of Mirrix products.
Unlike our Social Market for a Mirrix program, Mirrix ambassadors will not be chosen through an application process. We will be seeking out ambassadors ourselves, looking for artists around the world who fit our criteria.
Each ambassador will have a unique role, but you can expect instructional blog posts, project ebooks, inspiration and more from these amazing artists.
We will be profiling our first ambassador soon!
If you do have a suggestion for an ambassador (or think you’d be a good one yourself), you can fill out the form below and we will keep the information on file.
Introducing a NEW Mirrix Loom: The Automatic Mirrix.
Plug it in and this new Mirrix runs completely on its own! All you need to do is send your design to the loom, ready the supplies and the Automatic Mirrix will do the rest!
-Sitting for hours in front of your loom
-Picking up those tiny beads
-Having to learn tapestry techniques
Make anything from beaded bracelets to beautiful tapestries with the click of a button!
My favorite part of working at Mirrix is seeing what everyone creates. From the work of professionals to your first pieces, seeing customer work always puts a smile on my face.
In this spirit of sharing, creativity and inspiration, we are planning to give free hand-painted silk (6 skeins) to two Mirrix customers this week. In exchange, we ask those customers to share with us what they make with the silk so we can share their work with the rest of you!
We are looking for fun, creative projects. You may use any other materials in your project (whatever you want!) and techniques other than weaving, as long the majority of the project is woven.
Here’s the deal:
Email me (email@example.com) with a few sentences describing what you’d like to make with the silk. Also note which size loom you’ll be using and give your full name and mailing address.
On Friday (1/9/2015) we will choose two people to send the silk to, based on your plans to use the silk. We will then send those people silk.
Sometime in the next two months, we will feature the projects that each customer makes with their silk on our blog!
The Fine Print (that you should really read):
By entering, you agree to make a project using the silk you are given before February 28th, 2015. You also agree to send us (high quality) pictures and information about the project. You agree to let us use those photographs on our blog, website and social media sites. We will, of course, attribute your work to you.
I love my job, but my absolute favorite part is talking to customers who love their looms. Nearly every day I hear from someone who has discovered his or her love of weaving. To hear how that discovery has brought joy and happiness to that person is always a wonderful feeling. A loom is a simple thing, but it has the ability to bring much happiness to people and we do all we can to facilitate that. Everyone who loves their loom has a story. Maybe it’s a story about how he or she got into weaving or how it helped them through a tough time or brought them closer to another person; but it always touches my heart to hear.
We want to share some of these stories. In the new year we will be featuring customer stories in emails and blog posts, to spread that feeling of creative joy.
If you have a story to share, please let us know! Fill out the form below with a synopsis of your Mirrix/weaving story for a chance to be featured in our blog and in an email newsletter. It’s a great way to share your story and even to show off your work!
Have a question? Email Elena (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some of us are blessed with friends and family who just know how to choose the perfect gift. They are savvy at picking up on subtle hints and know exactly what you like. But sometimes our loved ones need a little hint about what gifts we’re dreaming of.
This is where our fourth-annual holiday hints program comes in! Fill out the form below and we’ll email the person you specify and give him or her a little hint about what you’d really like this holiday season!
This year, “Loomy” (a 22″ Zach Loom) began a journey across the territories of Himalaya with Art Across Frontiers. Loomy has been meeting artists and weavers everywhere he goes and is helping to spread creative knowledge across and within these cultures. Check out some of the beautiful images from Loomy’s journey so far and the beautiful rugs these artisans have made.
Interested in learning more? Contact Art Across Frontiers and consider helping to fund this amazing journey.