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

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Class at New Hampshire Institute of Art

Fall class to be taught by Claudia at the New Hampshire Institute of Art:

Bead and Bead/Fiber Weaving on the Mirrix Loom 

Five classes taught over the course of five weeks.  Learn how to weave both beads and beads combined with fiber on the Mirrix Loom.  Complete at least three pieces.

Check for more information.  It's not posted yet, but will be soon.

When:  Wednesdays, 9:30 to 12:30 from October 18th until November 15th

Where:  New Hampshire Institute of Art
148 Concord St.
Manchester, NH  03104

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tapestry Bead Cuff Needed Some More Beads

Final finishing for bead cuff is to cover the edge stitches with beads.  A photograph is worth a thousand words:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Tapestry Bead Cuff

I had a pretty yucky couple of weeks simply because I had this dumb bronchitis and it just wore me out.  I am usually a very hyper person, bouncing all over the place (that is sometimes good and sometimes bad) but I was dragging my sad tail for two weeks and hacking away, which means I didn't sleep a lot.  I am only half complaining because the reality is I rarely get sick.  But what I am complaining about is I had NO creativity.  Zip.  I couldn't even do mindless creative things like knit a scarf.  There is nothing worse than not having that intense desire constantly to create something or many somethings.  It's what fuels my passion in life and without it the world seems very gray.

So, this morning I woke up at about six and then again at about seven and then again at about eight and then again at about nine and then again at about ten and then again at about eleven.  Each time I woke up I told myself I would just have to go back to sleep with this idea for a weaving I had finally gotten stuck in my head, back to dreams where it would all get worked out and my energy would come back and I would feel just fine.  I let the guilt stay far away because I wasn't going to let a little bit of guilt ruin my healing.  

When I jumped out of bed at twelve I rushed to the espresso machine first and then to my loom (well, one of the six Mirrix looms I have in my studio) and threw on a warp (19 epi, one warp in each dent using a 14 dent coil) using the tube of C-Lon cord Barry at Caravan Beads ( had asked me to try out (weeks ago!).  It's a new thinner size and I knew it would be perfect for what I had in mind.  

Then I dug into my hand-dyed silk collection.  I hand dyed this silk for braiding but it comes in handy for a lot of things.  My vision was that I would finally create a piece combining both tapestry and beads.  I had set the loom up for tapestry.  The beads would have to be woven in a pattern of two beads, one warp, two beads.

I wanted to turn this piece into a cuff bracelet using a brass cuff.  The amazing thing is that my vision turned into reality in four hours.  I am now wearing the cuff.  I have just thrown two more warps on a loom and will experiment more tomorrow.  I also need to dye some more silk.  I plan to dye some of my hand-spun silk as well to see if that works.

The great thing about this project is you can play with tapestry, but not have to master all those tapestry skills.  It's easy to keep the selvedges straight (especially with the fine tensioning on the Mirrix Loom).  It is the perfect Mirrix Loom project that even a beginner can accomplish.

You can use anything for the weft.  Scraps of silk or cotton are perfect.  Embroidery thread would be wonderful.  Novelty yarns and even a fine wool or rayon can be used.  I used Delica beads, two between each warp thread. 

All in all it was a fine adventure and I am so excited about teaching this new project and maybe even putting together kits for it.  Can't wait to jump out of bed at six tomorrow and try my hand at using hand-spun, hand-dyed silk. 

So nice to feel my self again!

Picture time:

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Place of Interest for You Bead Weavers

Beads, beading, beaded Logo 

Beaded Jewelry Gallery Loom picture

'Bead Looming Confidential'
Bead Gallery Art
I am putting together my notes, so I can include alot of my personal techniques and tips, about looming, (I have experienced, explored and tested). It will be exciting to share many new things about 'Bead Looming', and I will include all the information, from my personal journel titled, 'Bead Looming Confidential'. You will notice additions and changes to this page, from time to time, because of this. We may 'never find the end of the internet', but can we find the end of 'frustration over dealing with the warp strings'!

Erin Simonetti
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