Mirrix makes bead and tapestry looms for everyone from the novice crafter to the professional artist. These looms are wonderful tools that can help create everything from beaded bracelets to woven wall-hangings, bead and fiber combination, and can be used for anything from wire-weaving to rug-making. The concept behind weaving on a Mirrix is simple, though techniques and possibilities abound. A Mirrix is a loom you can use and grow with regardless of your experience level. The 12" Little Guy is one of the most popular looms for beginner bead and tapestry weavers. Choose basic loom or loom with Shedding Device from options box at upper right. Your instant $20 coupon comes with either choice and is good for anything in either of my shops as explained at the bottom of this listing.
The Mirrix shedding device is used to lift warp threads (these are the threads that go around your loom) in order to pass fiber or beads through them more easily. The space between the warps is called the SHED, which is where the term SHEDding device comes from. When weaving tapestry, if you do not use the shedding device, you must weave each yarn or piece of fiber under and over the warp threads (or in the case of bead weaving, a string of beads). By using the shedding device, you can lift half of your warp threads all at the same time, so instead of weaving over and under, you can just place your weft (the fiber you are using to weave) between the raised and lowered warp threads. This makes weaving fiber on a Mirrix Loom significantly easier and faster.
Mirrix Looms was started in 1996 by tapestry weaver and busy mother Claudia Chase. She was looking for a loom that was both professional quality and portable enough to take with her to her kids practices and activities. Not finding anything on the market that fit her needs, Claudia designed the very first Mirrix Loom.
What Makes a Mirrix Loom Different from Other Bead or Tapestry Looms?
1.) VERSATILITY: From tapestry weaving to bead weaving to wire weaving and free-form fiber weaving, Mirrix Looms are incredibly versatile.
2.) SIZE OPTIONS: Mirrix Looms come in eight sizes, from the 5″ wide Mini Mirrix to the 38″ wide Zeus Loom, allowing you to choose a loom size that best fits your needs.
3.) PORTABILITY: Even the largest Mirrix can fit in a relatively small space and can be easily moved, and the smaller looms are perfect for taking on vacation, to workshops and really anywhere where you want to do some weaving!
4.) QUALITY: A Mirrix Loom is built to last a lifetime. Made out of high-quality materials, your Mirrix may need to be polished once in a while, but it most likely will never need to be replaced.
5.) TENSION: When it comes to bead or fiber weaving, providing good tension is the number one job of a loom. With its continuous warping system and the ability to increase or decrease your tension anytime, Mirrix Looms do this job incredibly well.
6.) ACCESSORIES: From the No Warp-Ends Kit that allows you to weave beads without having to deal with finishing all your warp threads to the amazing Spencer Power Treadle, we have accessories for all your weaving needs (even the ones you didn’t know you had).
7.) THE SHEDDING DEVICE: The Mirrix shedding device allows you to weave faster and easier with both beads and fiber. You can learn more about it here.
8.) THE MIRRIX COMMUNITY: When you purchase a Mirrix, you join an amazing community of weavers. From online classes and webinars to weave-alongs and free projects, being a part of the Mirrix community will keep you inspired for years to come.
9.) MADE IN AMERICA: Not only are Mirrix Looms made in America, but our manufacturing facility is housed in a really amazing place that employs some really amazing people.
10.) CUSTOMER SERVICE: When you buy a Mirrix, we’ll be there for you long after you make your purchase. Need advice on a project? Want some inspiration? Not sure how something works? We’re always happy to help!
All Mirrix looms will work for beginners. The difference between most of our looms is simply size. If you’re a beginner who wants to eventually make very large pieces, you may want to invest in a larger loom from the start rather than finding you need another, larger loom when you want make larger projects. If you’re an expert who only makes small pieces, a smaller loom may be best. That said, most beginners decide to start on the small side since those looms are less of an investment financially.
Mirrix looms offers you a professional quality foundation to grow your craft/art. Plus, they are incredibly versatile. This means you can decide you want to get into beads when you started with tapestry or tapestry if you started with fiber or that you want to weave with wire or begin making mixed-media pieces.
One of the great things about a Mirrix is that you can learn and grow with your loom. A Mirrix is as easy to use as the project you choose to make on it!
Mirrix Looms are manufactured in the United States at a facility called Sunshine House that provides supported employment for people with physical and mental disabilities. When you buy a Mirrix Loom you are purchasing more than a product, you are entering a community of like-minded artists and crafters all looking to share and grow.
I ship every day but Sunday. These looms ship via Priority Mail with full insurance coverage. Your orders will go out immediately.