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Francestown, New Hampshire, United States
I am the owner of Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms (www.mirrixlooms.com) and an avid tapestry and bead weaver, among other things. Needless to say, I love my job!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Holiday Orders

YES, we will expedite the shipping of all orders to get your order to you for the holidays.  The elves have hammered out inventory, so we are doing pretty well.  At some point, your order will have to be shipped second day in order to get there in time for Christmas.  Email us if you want second day and we will provide you the price.  Order as early as possible please!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

C-Lon Beading Thread

I am often asked what thread I use on the Mirrix Loom.  The answer is C-Lon beading thread developed and distributed by Caravan Beads.  Why:  because it's the best thread I've ever found to use on the Mirrix so I am sticking with it.  It doesn't fray, doesn't tangle.  I don't have to condition it.  It stretches just the right amount and it comes in some of the best colors including the pretty drab neutral ones I do tend to use as loom warp.

But let me shed some light on C-Lon because there has been a fair amount of confusion about the difference between C-Lon and S-Lon.  I am going to copy the blurb on the Caravan Beads' website that describes how the two came to pass.  I have changed only a few words to make it relevant to this blog.


C-Lon vs. Super-Lon: the world of knock-offs


Caravan Beads began to distribute C-LON® beading thread in 36 colors in December of 2002. Originally it was offered in size D; they later added AA as a second size.
In March of 2005, Beadsmith/Helby announced a "new product", Super-Lon beading thread. The story, briefly, is that Beadsmith/Helby (apparently using the name M & Y Trading Corp), found and contacted the factory that was then producing C-LON® and persuaded them to sell them identical colors and sizes of thread. That factory was purchased in 2004 by a larger company which now produces the thread.
Those of you familiar with both products will notice that the color names for Super-lon are the same Caravan has always used for C-LON.
Several customers have wondered if it is legal for one company to copy a product that is already being sold by another company. In the case of a product like thread, which can't be copyrighted or patented, it is completely legal.
Claudia's note:  it may by legal but it sure as heck is not ethical and I would rather pay the same price to the company that developed the thread then to the company who ripped it off.