The fun in starting a new weaving project!
I have been wanting to begin the Mirrix Beaded woven cuff project for months now and there is always something getting in the way to keep me from starting! Do you ever have times like that? Perhaps not enough time or not enough looms? The holidays have come and gone and I am still having a time carving out time to weave and play!
I don’t know if you know it or not but Mirrix Looms has an amazing project section on their website and they willingly share there ideas, techniques and project notes for you to try too! They also have weave a long projects, and sell their kits to accompany the weave a long. You don’t have to worry about finding all the materials, they are all in the kit ready for you to begin!
I personally own the 22″ Zach loom, and it is the perfect size for me, I love it. It is large enough for me to get so many different sized projects on it. So I recently finished a small study swatch with a linen warp, to see how the warp sett interacted with my own handspun yarns. To me it was a little boring, and I couldn’t wait to GET IT OFF MY LOOM!
I had been going through the different projects available from Mirrix, downloaded a few of their PDF’s (I have a beautiful notebook filled with projects from Mirrix, and PDFs about warping my loom, and tapestry techniques!). Claudia and Elena really do put their heart and soul into this company, and freely share their knowledge with others. So if you are stuck about what to weave next, visit their site and have a look around.
I have chosen the Beaded Woven Tapestry Cuff for my next project. I had all that I needed except the bead cord and oh my goodness 10 dent coils! I was so ready to begin, thought about using a 12 dent coil which came with my loom until I decided NO, let’s do this right and you won’t be disappointed.
So I quickly ordered a small cone of their beading thread in Khaki color and 2 coils 10 dent for my Zach. It was shipped so quickly (I was happy because I was over anxious to begin a fun and new weaving project, just for me!) When I purchased my Mirrix, I bought the bottom coil bar as an extra … it is an amazing accent for your loom, especially with fine beading cord or even if you just want to keep your warp straight. My order was here within days and I was ready to begin!
So I have gathered my materials, and have begun to warp the loom. In fact, with their suggestion, I am actually putting on two warps, left and right side of the loom. This is going to be a total weaving experience for me and I am anxious to begin! I must admit that when I warp my Mirrix (and I have many times now), I still keep the You tube warping video by Mirrix nearby, for a quick peek to make sure I am doing it right. I am proud to say … this was the first time I warped the loom, on my own, no help and it turned out perfectly, heddles and all! That may not seem like a big deal, but to me it truly was!!!
If you don’t have the materials to start one on your own, the kit sells for $79.00 with everything and more that you will need. You can find it here in their shop! I must say the free download e-book for this project is amazing. It was way more than I expected, thank you Claudia and Elena for creating such a step by step weaving guide for this project!
Having the spencer treadle on the loom is going to make this project fly by I am sure and I am looking forward to weaving two, one for me and one for a gift! Who knows … maybe two for me!
I have been weaving a lot of “study pieces” and learning so much and gaining strength in my weaving techniques. I have taught weaving to others in my own Artful Spirit workshops. I have learned as an artist and teacher, that we must find time to create art for ourselves, for the simple pleasure of creating just to create. I don’t want my tapestry weaving to become so regimented that all I am doing in sample pieces, it is time to create fun works. I really would like to begin a Tapestry Diary, but don’t want to tie up my beautiful Mirrix that long, …. hmmmmm it may be time for another one!
Happy Weaving and don’t forget to just enjoy the process, choose fibers and colors that you love and cut out time in your day to just weave! It’s good for your weaving soul, I promise you! I can’t wait to finish this one and proudly wear my creation!!!