We love to share out “toys” and supplies with our customers so when we run into something we love to use we eventually find a way to get it out to you. Our most recent additions to the Mirrix Store are:
A set of three curved bamboo needles. I had bought these from a distributor a couple of years ago. They sat in their packaging until the other day. I realized that those curved tips would make “picking” the shed on my Lani Loom without shedding device to try to achieve some more complex weave structures would be a lot easier with a curved needle. I broke into the package and got to work. I was right. These needles are great. They have nice big “eyes” and hence are easy to thread. They feel great in your hand and they don’t seem to want to break no matter how much I batter them around. You can find them here: bamboo needles.
A while back we introduced the very colorful Stork scissors. They work as well as they are beautiful to look at. I have a pair on every work surface in my studio and in my bedroom and in the living room. You can find them here: stork scissors.
The other day we added mother-of-pearl buttons. They are great for using as findings for jewelry as well as closures for woven pouches. I have always loved anything made of mother-of-pearl and these little gems are not exception. You can find them here: Mother-of-Pearl Buttons.
I have been playing with sari silk ribbon for a couple of months now and I still haven’t gotten over my addiction to the stuff. It’s very similar to cotton rag strips, but it’s softer and, I think, much easier to work with. Plus I like the final results much better. You can find it here: Sari Silk Strips.
And speaking of silk . . . our six packs of silk ribbon are pretty magical. I use them as accents in just about anything I weave. They are different from our other hand painted silk because they are actually ribbons whereas the other is spun plied silk. We hand painted white silk ribbon just for you! No weaving studio is complete without a set of these. They can be found here: Hand painted silk ribbon.
Last but not least: Kangfa crystals. Made in China, these crystals are just as nice as the other leading brands but less expensive. We have put together a big range of colors. I have been weaving with these crystals a lot lately. They can be found here: Kangfa Crystal Soup.
Then of course there is the Spencer Power Treadle. It was a long time coming. We are thrilled with the results as are the tapestry weavers we had test it. Janette Meetze said about the treadle: “The new Spencer Treadle from Mirrix looms was waiting for me when I returned home from the American Tapestry Alliance Retreat and I was able to put it to good use at a show I was doing the following weekend. I usually take along a 16 inch loom, treadle and easel to demonstrate when I do shows with my Mirrix Looms and tapestry supplies. The first thing I noticed is that the smaller footprint and lighter weight of the Spencer Treadle is going to make my life much easier. Not only is it easier to pack but it is also easier to detach and attach the treadle to the loom which makes it much nicer to travel with. The action of the treadle is so fast and easy that it is much more convenient for changing sheds, weaving and talking at the same time. In a very short time it was becoming an automatic movement for me which should speed up my weaving when I am not demonstrating. There were many watching who had seen me demonstrate before who were impressed with the smooth and effortless action to open the sheds. I was even filmed and interviewed by a local channel 6 special report team about people following their passion while demonstrating at the show. In short, it took less than a weekend for me to become quite spoiled by my new Spencer Treadle!”
You can find it here: Spencer Power Treadle.
We love to hear what you would like to see in the Mirrix Store. Please leave a comment on this blog and if it’s a “toy” or supply we like, we will do our best to find a source for it. Or if we can’t find it, we can try to make it. Our customers are often our best inspiration.