Getting started on my first Mirrix loom
Last week I was quick to warp up and put the heddles on, but then I couldn’t decide what to weave! I know it sounds crazy to warp up without knowing what I’d weave, but I really wanted to see what this beautiful new textile tool was all about (btw, with the Mirrix tutorials warping up and heddling was a breeze). Also, I only had so much linen warp in my stash, so I thought I’d start by seeing how wide a piece I could make with it. I also knew that I’d be doubling up on fingering weight yarn so I chose to use the 12 dent spring. In hindsight I think could have gone with 10 dent, but so far so good. I thought of weaving a few bracelets as sample starter projects, and even began weaving, but it wasn’t giving me that weaving adrenaline that I so love, so I put it on hold and thought about it for a few days. I also went into my sample books and boxes for inspiration and found these old sample sculptures.
That’s when the lightbulb went off and I decided to weave something with the intention of adding a 3D sculptural aspect to it once it’s off the loom. Now my mind is racing with ideas for future projects too, so I know I’m on the right track. For inspiration I started this tapestry board on Pintrest, and I figured I may as well go full bore with this and dedicate 2014 to this awesome Mirrix adventure I’m on, so I called it Year of Taps (the nickname my art school colleagues and I gave tapestry).
I’m approaching this first weaving like a sample of sorts. I want to get some practice with shape building and hatching, so I created a simple geometrical design and I’ll just blend colors in various ways inside each shape. I know, it turned out looking somewhat figurative, although I’m not set on the orientation of the finished piece, so for all I know I’m weaving it upside down, haha.
Janna Maria Vallee