Friday, June 1, 2012

A quick and easy way to make string heddles for your Mirrix loom

At the beginning of May,  a 'new-to-me' loom , a large  Mirrix tapestry loom, arrived in my studio. (Courtesy of my son and daughter in law who picked her up in the city 4 hours away, that used to be her home- the previous owner didn't want to ship her).
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I immediately sat down and made a whole lot of heddles for her, as she didn't come with them.
And then, I warped her up- ooooooooohhhhhhhhhh, I love how easily she warps! Bliss!
As I was warping her up and starting to weave,  I thought.... 'Hmmmm.... there must be a group for Mirrix weavers on Ravelry'
(Ravelry= the facebook of the yarn world)
I looked, and sure enough! There is a Mirrix group.... which I joined, pronto.
And the first thing I saw was that Claudia (the inventor of the magical Mirrix looms) and Elena, her talented daughter, had posted that they were accepting applications for their annual 'Social Networking for a Mirrix Loom' campaign. Link
Well... I had decided within hours of starting to weave on my 'Joni' loom that I wanted to fill my studio with Mirrix looms.
So, I sent off an application....
Um... I wanted to fill the studio with ~Smaller~ Mirrix looms!
MEANWHILE>>>> The Joni is one big Mamma, and even though I am tall, my arms are short, so I found that I was having shoulder pain.
My  clever daughter in law subtly sneaked the information out of me that I was longing for the treadle kit for the Mirrix loom. Then, she orchestrated the family buying me the treadle kit for Mother's Day! What a sweetheart!
To say that I was thrilled was an understatement!
THEN!  on the 18th of May, was just tickled pink to hear from Elena that they had picked me as one of their team for the 4 months of the 'Social Networking' campaign. Whee!  What a couple of thrilling days!
And, now... I am starting to keep my part of the bargain, which is to chronicle my experiences with the Mirrix loom(s).
So, since I began my Mirrix adventures with making string heddles, I am going to show you my quick and easy way of making the string heddles for the Mirrix looms (or inkle or frame looms, too).
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And, here is the video:

Happy Weaving!


Susan said...

This is going to be the BEST four months of tips and tricks. You not only teach, but entertain while doing it! Delightful!

Noreen Crone-Findlay said...

Aw, thank you so much for all your kind comments, Susan! I am embarrassed that it took me 3 months to find them!
Big hugs,