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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!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mirrix ipod/iphone tapestry kit

Mirrix Tapestry ipod/iphone (or any phone) purse kit

Kit comes with:

Ten 20 yard skeins of beautiful wool/mohair yarn (you might be able to squeeze a second kit out of it); a 100 gram tube of Navajo wool warp (enough for at least a second project); beads for embellishment; c-lon beading thread; lining material; instructions with color photos
Purse in photo is final project and not included in kit.



Will be on the site today or tomorrow!


Sunrise/Sunset














I got The Purples, Greens & Blues





Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mirrix-Ware!

We are offering a new program designed to educate future Mirrix customers and help you earn "MIrrix Credits."  So often we are asked:  "Where can I see a Mirrix in person?" And so often the answer is:  "The nearest store that carries it is in another state."  We want to change all that and you can help and earn Mirrix Credits at the same time.

How is this going to work?  We will maintain a comprehensive list of all participants on the Mirrix Loom Website including contact information such as email, facebook, blog and/or website addresses, your general location, a bio and at least one photo (more if you like) of work you have created on the Mirrix Loom.  We will help you write the bio because we want them to be consistent.  Plus our marketing director gets mad if she doesn't get her daily dose of writing.

What happens next?  Our potential customer finds a participant who lives nearby and contacts that person.  You two work out where and when to meet.  You spend a little time with the customer showing her/him all the bells and whistles of the Mirrix Loom. If you love your Mirrix, you will be a natural at this.  And our potential
customer will have much more confidence about working with the Mirrix Loom.  When you see the Mirrix Loom it work in person the fear factor vanishes.

So what do you get out of all of this?  If our potential customer does buy a loom after visiting with you, you will earn "Mirrix Credits" equalling 15% of the price of the loom he/she purchases*.  Here is the math in case you don't feel like doing it:

These are the credits you will get:

Loreli loom: $17.25 credit
Laniloom:  $23.25 credit
Little Guy Loom: $34.50 credit
Big Sister Loom: $37.50 credit
Zachloom:  $48.00 credit
Joniloom:  $64.50 credit
Zeus loom: $81.00 credit


There are other creative ways to earn Mirrix Credits such as throwing a Mirrix party and showing a group of potential customers how to use the loom (think Tupperware party, only better) or having the Mirrix Loom at a show where you are selling your work.

What exactly is a Mirrix Credit?  A Mirrix Credit can be applied to any Mirrix purchase.  We will keep a data base of your credits that can be used at any time on any Mirrix website sales.

What are the checks and balances?  Once you've met with a potential customer, you will email that person's name and email address to us. You will also ask the customer, if she/he makes an order, to email us stating that she/he met with you.  Once the sale is complete, your Mirrix Credit will be entered into our database or, if you like, you can simply use it right away.

If you are interested in participating in this program please send an email to the following two addresses:
elena@mirrixlooms.com and claudia@mirrixlooms.com. This can be an email stating you are interested, asking some questions or you can send the whole package which will include:  your location (town and state), your email address and other addresses, if you have them, such as blog, facebook, website, twitter account, a bio and at least one photograph of something you have created on your Mirrix.

We will start setting up the website page as soon as we have a few participants.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Friday, June 11, 2010

ipod/iphone Tapestry Kit

Pictures of the ipod/iphone tapestry kit


This kit is the same color as the sample.


This kit is in the blue/violet/green range.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thirty eight inch Mirrix Loom Deal

The thirty-eight inch loom we used for a model (he was out of his box for a week primping) had to get repacked. Unfortunately, the folks who are good at that are a thousand miles away from my studio so I did it myself. The loom is perfectly safe back in its box but the packing job is less than beautiful. So I am offering this Zeus loom at a $50 discount. Add that to our father's day special and you've got quite a deal. Email Claudia at Claudia@mirrixlooms.com for details on how to get that discount.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Instructions to make the Tapestry Cuff

Materials:

Brass Cuff:  1 1/4 inches wide
Ultra Suede:  slightly bigger piece than cuff
C-Lon cord (medium weight) for warp\
C-Lon thread for weaving beads
Silk yarn (I dyed my own)
Delica beads in a few different colors
15/0 seed beads for edges

Equipment:

A Mirrix Loom with shedding device
14 dent coil



You need to warp for tapestry (not beadwork). Put 20 warps on the loom. 
Put on heddles.
Weave a heading of warp material.
Weave a few rows of silk yarn.
Attach a length of C-Lon thread to the back of the piece (anyway you can do it so you can't see it).  String 19 beads.  Weave them in, with two beads between every raised thread (except at the ends, where there will be one bead).  Because this is warped for tapestry, there will not be a bead, a thread, a bead, a thread.  Instead, there will be a bead, a bead, a thread, a bead, a bead, etc.

Weave some more rows of silk.  Carry the bead thread up through the woven tapestry, thread 19 beads, weave them in.

Just keep playing like this alternating tapestry and beads until you've reached approximately 7 1/4 inches (not including the header and footer which will be folded under).  Remember that you piece will shrink once you take it off the loom, so be sure to not make your piece too short.  You can accommodate for a longer piece, but it's hard to work with a piece that is too short.




Tie the warp thread pairs with over-hand knots.  Trim to about 3/4 inch.

Place the piece of ultra suede on top of the finished piece.  Trim it so that is slightly larger than the weaving (about 1/16th of an inch on all sides.

You will be glueing the tapestry and the ultra suede to the cuff.  The point is to keep these two pieces in place while you sew them together.  The point is NOT to cover the backs of each piece with lots of glue.  Use the glue sparingly.

Glue tapestry to top of cuff with header and footer folded under so that only the silk thread shows.

Glue ultra suede to bottom of cuff.

Sew the tapestry and ultra suede together all around the cuff.  Keep your stitches as small as possible.  See piece below.



Sew size 15/0 beads to the edges to completely cover the joining of the tapestry and the ultra suede.


Now wasn't that fun and pretty easy!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ipod/iphone Tapestry Kit

Announcing the upcoming arrival of  the Ipod Tapestry Kit.  You can use this bright pouch for something else, but it does fit the Ipod or iphone perfectly.  We will be creating future kits in different color ways.

The kit comes with:  ten 20 yard skeins of beautiful wool/mohair yarn, (you might be able to squeeze a second kit out of it), a 100 gram tube of Navajo wool warp yarn (enough for at least a second project), beads for embellishment, beading thread, lining and instructions.


Finished Project


What you need to make this kit:

Mirrix Loom with shedding device (size 12 inch and up)
Heddles
A scissor

You will use the 14 dent coil warping every other dent for 7 warps per inch.
Put on 29 warps (ends doubled), allowing enough room to weave a 15 inch piece.
Weave a half inch header.

You can copy our pattern, or create you own.  The colors in this kit go beautifully together so you really can't make a mistake.  Make sure your selvedges are even (measure every so often to make sure you are not pulling in).  I made this pattern up as I went along and miraculously, when I folded the purse up it worked.  Everything was in the right place.  You can just weave stripes and it would be beautiful.




Once you remove the piece from the loom, lay it flat and weight one end.  Tie a series of over hand knots to paired warp ends.





Close-up of warps tied with overhand knots.  Trim the warp ends to about 3/4 of an inch.  Fold over to wrong side so that header and footer do not show.  Sew down header and footer.


Trim fleece so that it is slight smaller than finished piece.  Sew to wrong side.


Fold up purse sot that flap is 3 1/2 inches long.  Sew around sides.




Sew groups of four beads along seam edges.  Sew groups of three beads around flap.

You now have a beautiful ipod/iphone house!