imageThis is the picture that Mirrix uses on their Facebook Fan Page. I’m sure they’d be happy for you to become a fan.

Mirrix is doing a Social Networking experiment. I am very interested in this project because I have looked at their small looms before, but have held off, trying to find out from other folks how they liked to use their Mirrix looms for tapestry projects. I have several small project ideas floating around in my head that I would like to try out. Some would be 4 x 4 inch pieces that would be displayed together. Others are in the range of 12 x 12 inches. I would like to explore using slits as design elements in a small format—why use a big loom and all that warp for a project that might not work? A small format would be easier to undo and/or start fresh when adapting an idea. I have a couple of photographs that would benefit from a closer sett than my usual 4 epi and I would like to experiment with those. And silk! I have bits and pieces of silk to use by themselves or combine with the many butterflies hanging around in jars—good forButterflies these small projects.

Sometimes, the color of the yarn itself inspires the design. Using a small portable loom would be great for that type of experimentation. I keep thinking there must be some small weaving loom suitable for traveling and vege-ing out in front of the TV after a long day. I have tried making frame looms out of stretcher bars and have even used looms specifically made for small works, but the shedding device (or lack thereof) has discouraged me. I like the shedding device on the Mirrix, or, rather, I should say, I like the way it looks and what I read about it. Until I actually use it, I won’t know.

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