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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!

Monday, August 30, 2010

The End of Summer

When you have kids in school and a husband who is a teacher, summer is a redundancy of excitement and let down.  It ends.  Routine resumes.  Although for me personally there is little difference between summer and the other seasons except the weather.  And the fact that my mind started to sink into that summer mode and I managed to put off lots of deadlines and then entirely forgot they existed.  I did this with my new gig at the NH Institute of Art.  I forgot to show up for the first faculty meeting, forgot to get my ID, forgot to log into my Institute email account and read the fifty emails that were waiting for me and forgot to deliver piece for faculty exhibit (it will get there today, a week late).  And I forgot, when agreeing to give a talk to the Bead Society of NH that I would be in Seattle that day, a far cry from Manchester, NH.  Let me see, what else did I allow to pass to the other side, the non-working side, of my brain?  Oh, forgot to deliver loom with weaving on it for an exhibit on Labor Day.

I am trying to remember today all those things I forgot.  I might even tackle that pile of bills.  Spent this morning changing my credit card for all automated payments because the only card I ever used was cancelled after twelve years because I paid it off every month and was reaping way too many miles and points.  I kid you not.  They just up and cancelled it and now all sorts of payments are forgetting to be paid.

You know summer is over when you drive seven hours to deliver your kid to college.  Ms. Joni (on left) accompanied Zach (on right) and me.  Despite the hugeness of Cornell, it was a pretty gentle experience.    They didn't tow or ticket your car even if it was in a no parking zone which mine was quite frequently.

Returned just in time to utterly fail at our first attempt at a Webinar.  Gathered our wits about us, and simply filmed a video on how to weave that famous tapestry cuff.

Then I got really ambitious and started putting together the tapestry cuff bracelet kits.  Here is a sneak preview of one of those:

Waiting for beads to arrive . . . I hope today . . . so that I can finalize the kit and get it in the shopping cart.

New Webinar scheduled for Wednesday.  We will finish weaving the cuff, remove it from the loom and attach it to the brass base.  

Monday, August 2, 2010

New tapestry cuffs

Three new ones in medium size and small.  The ones on the left and bottom are silk, lots of woven beads and perle cotton with a little bit of novelty yarn.  The one on the right was woven on a closely spaced warp of perle cotton which shows.  The weft thread is a railroad ribbon yarn.

More shots of the three.  I love bracelet towers!

This is the tapestry cuff collection thus far.  I am shipping out most of them tomorrow.  They are going to land at Semantics gallery in Edmonds Washington (near Seattle) where I am teaching a workshop all day September 18th.  The cost is $155 and includes all the materials you need to make a tapestry cuff excluding a Mirrix Loom.  You can email me ( or Elena ( for more information.  It's going to be a blast.  Maximum students will be eight and  it's filling up fast.  Don't you want to make one of these?

Hand-dyed/hand-spun Tapestry yarn in little skeins

Ten skeins of this fun stuff.  I had as much fun dyeing and spinning it as you will have weaving with it.  There is a deal for it hiding somewhere on our website.  I don't know where it is.  Elena does.

 You also can win it along with other cool stuff if you enter our contest:

My Mirrix's Day Out.  One of the great things about the Mirrix family of looms is their portability. Even our biggest looms can be picked up and thrown in the back of the station wagon. The smaller looms were designed to be so portable that no one would think twice about taking their Mirrix to the beach or a soccer game or that workshop across the country. We want to know where you've taken YOUR Mirrix. Take a picture of your Mirrix somewhere fun and exciting (on top of a mountain, on a sailboat, at the top of a famous landmark, at work… you get the picture) and email us that picture with a short description of the location. We will choose one winner and put all our contestants pictures in an online gallery. The winner will receive:

-Everything to make a beautiful bead cuff bracelet
-Ten small but beautiful skeins of Claudia's own and-washed, hand-dyed, hand-spun tapestry yarn.
 -Two inspiring books: "The Sea" and "Myths and Folktales" (Check out our store for more information on these fantastic books.)
-15% off your next order of $100 or more (you will receive a special code).