Posted on | September 10, 2011 | Comments Off
Here is my new Mirrix tapestry loom. I have not explored tapestry too much. It is typically very slow. It is also usually a picture and I believe that I can’t draw. My first weaving was on a Navajo loom and for all intents and purposes was tapestry weaving. Done with a sword to make the shed (the opening between the warp threads). To change sheds, there was a stick with some string heddles to pull on to make the opening. It was slow and tedious.
Why then am I doing tapestry now? Because I have lots of adult mohair that has been spun into yarn by Zeilinger Woolen Mill. It is lustrous, but it is scratchy, because it is from adult animals. I have over 100 pounds of this yarn. I thought it would be perfect for tapestry or rug weaving, because of it’s luster and the mohair’s ability to take up dyes so vibrantly. But it is pretty hard to sell something that you haven’t tried yourself. I took several mini-skeins with me to Los Angeles and asked my friend Merna if it would be good for tapestry. I ended up going to the tapestry group meeting and tried it myself on a small 5 inch tapestry. It was fun! It was colorful! It is the right size to fill the spaces between warps at 8 ends per inch. So when I got home I contacted Mirrix looms and became a distributor of their products.
This is what I love about the Mirrix looms. They have answered the problems that beginning tapestry weavers always run into, such as even spacing of the warp threads, making a good shed or opening to put your threads through and having good even tension throughout the warp. The warps are spaced evenly by way of a spring at the top or bottom of the loom. The loom comes with 4 springs that give the most common end per inch settings. The shed controller is really nice. The weaver still has to put each warp through the heddle and thread those heddles onto the controller, but once this is done all you have to do is change the position of the handle to get each opening. The tension is controlled by lengthening or shortening the side rails by way of wing nuts. I also love the little feet that allow the loom to sit on a table and not in my lap.
I was able to warp this loom, thread the heddles and get started weaving within an hour. That is really nice. The weaving is smooth. It is going relatively quickly….for tapestry. A foot controlled loom is probably always going to be faster. But I am loving this loom and really enjoying weaving tapestry for the first time.
Email me for further details about purchasing one of these fine looms!