The manual treadle made its arrival within the first year of the birth of Mirrix. We loved that treadle and still do. But sadly, we are phasing it out after we eliminate our current inventory. The reason? The Electric Spencer Treadle was born. It’s lighter, much more portable and even easier to use than the manual treadle. It took us a couple of months to work out all the kinks (like figuring out where to get certain components to guarantee many, many years of use), but we’ve finally done it and we are thrilled.
This new treadle has been tested and tested and the unanimous opinion is that it makes weaving tapestry and/or fiber so much faster on the Mirrix. Since your hands are free to just weave and not change the shed, you can weave twice as fast. It also gives the shed-changing arm a break helping to eliminate shoulder stress.
We want you to have fun with the Electric Spencer Treadle too and so we are offering you some big incentives to jump in and test the waters of “speed tapestry.”
When anyone with artsy inclinations walks into Mirrix President Claudia Chase’s studio, they get lost in a world of fiber and beady inspiration. From looms (most with half-made pieces) to finished pieces and curious equipment like electric skein winders, it’s a fun little sanctuary to explore.
I, on the other hand, live in a one-bedroom apartment without much space for a “studio”. My office is a desk in the window-corner of our living room flanked by dog and cat beds and one shelf that holds my looms and everything else weaving-related (the rest is in a closet; we were blessed with some decent closet space). It isn’t a swoon-worthy studio/office by any means, but it works.