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Though I’m no longer in school, this time of year still makes me feel like I’m heading “back to school” and I have an overwhelming urge to stock up on new things for fall and winter. If something Mirrix is on your back-to-school list, we’re having a sale perfect for you!
WOW, what an experience I am having with this beautiful Big Sister Loom with the No Warp-Ends Kit from Mirrix Looms! I have to say that I have done some loom work beading before, but never anything like this!! The ease of tightening the tension when it needs it, moving the legs to adjust the height and angle or just the clean lines of the loom is amazing to me!! The Mirrix Looms Company just celebrated their 20th year and it is easy to see why so many people love them!!
There are just a few more weft ends to sew in and the hanging mechanism to attach and it’s ready for a wall. I’ve estimated that during the 65 hours of residency time I was able to warp up and weave for around 45 hours of it. In the past, before I had childcare, I’d weave an hour here and there, never keeping track of how long any particular piece took, so I’m very happy to have a better idea now. Having a Spencer Power Treadle helped me chug along steadily, too. My treadle is currently being borrowed by one of my students. She spent a lot of time with me on that first stretch of seven days of my residency, and then bought herself a Mirrix. I figure I won’t be weaving again until the end of the month when I hunker down for the third and final weaving in this series at Fibreworks again, so someone may as well enjoy using the treadle in the mean time.
I used white cotton for the handball line against the gray concrete ground. I think that is my favorite aspect of this piece. The cotton is a bit shinier and a lot softer and flatter than the wool, which I’m very satisfied with. In the above detail you can see where to the left of the yellow stripe I interlocked the gray and white, whereas to the right of the yellow stripe I wove a slit and sewed it later. They both have their visual and practical benefits. In hindsight I think I wish I had interlocked the yellow and white stripes for a more blended look. But, there’s always the next piece!
This weaving was woven at 8 ends per inch, measures 39.5″ X 28″ and is woven using wool warp and some cotton weft, but mostly 100% Canadian wool spun at Custom Woolen Mills in Alberta, Canada. I hand-dyed two yellow colorways using the natural dyes osage, weld and fustic.