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Claudia & Elena of Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms


How to start a new thread when weaving beads

How to start and end your threads when you run out when weaving with beads on a Mirrix Loom:

When you’ve started to run out of thread, sew halfway back through the row before the one you just wove.

Tie a knot around one of your middle warp threads.

This knot will get hidden between the beads.

Then, weave that thread tail back through another few rows before trimming the end and making sure that end is hidden between the beads.

The thread has disappeared!

Start a new thread the same way. Sew through (making sure to sew starting from the correct direction so your new thread eventually ends up starting on the correct side for you to begin your new row. Tie a knot in the middle of a row that is already there and sew back up a few rows until you’re ready to begin your new row.

The new thread started!

Weave-Alongs 12 & 13

Weave-Along 12: Jewel Cuff Bracelet
Starts December 1st


One Week Weave-Along – Make a gift fast!

You can purchase the kit here

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Weave-Along 13 : Rag Mug Rug (or runner or rug… you choose the size)

Starts December 8th

Two Week Weave-Along

There will not be a kit for this weave-along.

You’ll need:
-Cotton or wool rags.  Either strip material  you already have: old clothes, sheets, fabric you never turned into the gorgeous sundress, etc. or by some brand new material from the fabric store (on sale of course).  The strips should be about half an inch wide.  Rip them, don’t cut them.
-Wool warp (our Navajo warp would be great) if you are using wool rags and cotton warp (The Woolery is a great source for this) if you are using cotton rags.

-A Mirrix Loom with shedding device size 8 inch or up.
-A good beater.  The heavier, the better.

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A New Class

Looking for the perfect gift?

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For only $15 take our online Craftartedu class, the Crystal and Bead Wrap Bracelet with Claudia Anne Chase.

“In this beginner level CraftArtEdu class, learn how to weave beads on a loom to create a colorful wrap around bracelet. Follow Claudia Anne Chase’s detailed instruction on how to warp the loom, weave the bracelet and finish the bracelet. You will want to make dozens once you learn how.”

This class goes over all the details on how to weave this beautiful bracelet. Once you learn how, you can make tons of different unique bracelets. It’s a quick and easy project, and is a great introduction on how to weave beads on a Mirrix Loom. You’ll learn how to warp, weave with different sized beads and crystals and finish this great piece.

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You can purchase the kit here. You can make at least two bracelets from this kit.

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Contest: Gifts Made on a Mirrix

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We want to know what gifts you are making/have made this holiday season on your Mirrix!

Submit pictures of and information about an original piece you made on a Mirrix Loom (pieces cannot be based off a pattern or design made by or purchased from anyone else).

One  (1) picture of the finished piece is required (.jpg or .gif format, at least 200 x 200 pixels), but you can submit as many as five (5) pictures. At least one (1) picture of the piece on the loom is encouraged. Include some basic information about your piece including the size, use, materials and why you think it makes a good gift.

We will be posting submissions as we get them as inspiration and some will go in our “Your Work” gallery! Get your gift-making on!

How to Enter: Email with (a) picture(s) and a description of your piece (like described above) as well as your FULL name, email address and mailing address. Email subject must be: Gift Made on a Mirrix.

All entries must be submitted by midnight December 31st, 2013.

How to Win: Claudia Chase and Elena Zuyok will choose the winning entry based on originality (25%), creativity (50%), complexity (10%) and use of color (15%). Quality of pictures and description of the gift will also contribute to the final choice.

The Prize:  24 bobbins of silk and gold ($115 value) or a $100 gift certificate to be applied to a purchase of $200 or more (the winner can choose). Gift certificate is valid for 1 (one) year after it is received.

The Rules:


1. ELIGIBILITY: Employees, officers and directors (and their immediate families) of Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agencies are not eligible.

2. Any winner outside of the continental USA must pay for shipping.

3. By submitting an entry, contest participants are assuring that all work done is their own and no copyrighted material is being used. Pieces must be original. They cannot be based off a pattern or design made by or purchased from anyone else.

4. Entry Restrictions. Limit one (1) entry per person. Entrants must be over the age of 18.

5. FORCE MAJEURE. If, for any reason, the contest (or any part thereof) is not capable of running as planned by reason of computer virus, bug, system malfunction, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, fire, flood, storm or other natural cataclysm, riot, strike, civil commotion, governmental regulation or any other causes beyond the control Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms which, in its sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest (or any part thereof), Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the the contest and select the prize winner in a manner which is fair, equitable and in accordance with these Official Rules.

6. By entering this contest, participants agree that their entry can be shared and posted publicly by Mirrix Looms on their website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sharing sites and can be used in any Mirrix advertising.

7. DISPUTE RESOLUTION/GOVERNING LAW. To the fullest extent permitted by law, by participating in the contest, you agree that: (a) any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Official Rules or this contest shall be filed exclusively in the federal or state courts of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire and you hereby consent and submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action; (b) any such action shall be resolved individually, NOT as part of a class action; (c) any claims/judgments/awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred (if any), but NOT attorneys’ fees. These Official Rules and this Sweepstakes shall be governed by the internal, substantive laws of the State of New Hampshire.

8. Any entry may be denied and any entrant may be disqualified based if seen fit by Mirrix representatives.

9. Mirrix concepts, such as the Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet or the Affinity Bracelet can be submitted, but original materials must be used.

10 Ways to Tell if Someone in Your Life Would Love a Mirrix Loom

1) She has beads everywhere… in the car, on top of the washing machine, in her bedside table…


2) When he’s at a museum, he never gets past the textile section.


3) He’s thought about making his own loom… but it’s a little overwhelming.


4) She spends a good portion of her free time pinning DIY craft projects on Pinterest.

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5) She finds beauty in everything and always thinks… “Wouldn’t that make a great bead pattern?”


6) He has secret yarn stashes (but everyone knows about them).


7) Even her place settings are a work of art.


8) He’s always knitting or beading or sewing… even the dog gets homemade gifts. IMG_1658

9) She makes gorgeous beaded jewelry, and you know she’d love to add weaving on a loom to her list of skills.


10) The background on her phone is a picture of a Mirrix.



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Holiday Hints!


Some of us are blessed with friends and family who just know how to choose the perfect gift. They are savvy at picking up on subtle hints and know exactly what you like. A few years ago a good friend of mine, in his early-to-mid-20s at the time, bought his wife a Mirrix Loom. I remember thinking how sweet it was that he, on his own, came up with the idea, knowing her passion for crafting. But not everyone is as punctilious as my friend. Some husbands need a little hint, some friends are still looking for the perfect crafty gift for their best friend who has everything and some moms don’t know their son’s passion for Mirrix products.

This is where our third-annual holiday hints program comes in! Fill out the form below with what Mirrix-item you’d like this holiday season and, on the weekend before Cyber Monday, we’ll email the person you specify and give them a little hint about what you’d really like this holiday season!

Studio Cleaning: Fall 2013

A few weeks ago we did some studio cleaning here at Mirrix Looms, but still have quite a bit of stuff left. We are listing it below. Email if you are interested in something. We will accept payment via check or PayPal and will charge exact shipping for each product or group of products. When we sell something we will mark the item as sold.

Used Beadwork Magazines from Claudia’s stash. $3 each sold in packages. You can combine packages.
Package One: 1 February 1997, 4 1998 (full year), 2 1999 (fall and spring) total: $21 plus shipping

Package Two: 1 March-April 1999, 1 May-June 1999, 1 Winter 1999, 1 Nov-Dec 1999, 1 February-March 2001, 1 April-May 2001, 1 December 2001-January 2002 total: $21 plus shipping

Package Three: 1 February March 2002, 1 April-May 2002, 1 August-September 2002, 1 February-March 2003, One April-May 2003, 1 June-July 2003, 1 August-September 2003, 1 October-November 2003, 1 December 2003-January 2004. total: $27 plus shipping

Package Four: 1 February-March 2004, 1 June-July 2004, 1 August-September 2004, 1 October-November 2004, 1 December 2004-January 2005 total: $30 plus shipping

Package Five: 1 February-March 2006, 1 April-May 2006, 1 June-July 2006, 1 August-September 2006, 1 October-November 2006, 1 December 2006-January 2007, 1 April-May 2007, 1 June-July 2007, 1 August-September 2007, October-November 2007 total $30 plus shipping

Package Seven: February February-March 2008, June-July 2008, August-September 2008, October-November 2008, December 2008-January 2009, February-March 2009, April-May 2009, August-September 2009, December 2009-January 2010 total $27 plus shipping

Package Eight:April-May 2010, June-July 2010, August-September 2010, December 2010-January 2011, February-March 2011, April-May 2011, August-September 2011, December 2011-January 2012. total: $27 plus shipping

Used SpinOff Magazines from Claudia’s stash. $40
Summer 1998, Summer 1999, Spring 1999, Autumn 1998, Autumn 2002, Winter 1996, Winter 1998.

Wooden Bead Spinner. $25.00.

6 38-bead strands of 4mm Fire Polished Preciosa Crystals in rose. $10.00. SOLD

6 38-bead strands of 4mm Fire Polished Preciosa Crystals in peridot. $10.00. SOLD

50 grams of dyed mother-of-pearl buttons. $10.00. (one more package  left!)

5 oz of Fire Engine Red Icicle roving by Louet Sales. Adds sparkle to your spinning! $6.00. SOLD

5 oz of Fuchsia Icicle roving by Louet Sales. Adds sparkle to your spinning! $6.00. SOLD

7 oz of Yellow Icicle  roving by Louet Sales. Adds sparkle to your spinning! $8.00. SOLD

8 3/4 oz of Golden Sunset Icicle roving by Louet Sales. Adds sparkle to your spinning! $20.00. SOLD1382004_10100836810711531_447739246_n 1377199_10100836810581791_687662214_n

4 oz of Sparkling White Icicle roving by Louet Sales. Adds sparkle to your spinning! $4.00. 
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400 grams of flat copper Lurex yarn. $45.00.

Checkerboard Cuff Bracelet


When we go to bead shows, we like to bring along a lot of samples of projects made on Mirrix Looms. One sample that always gets a lot of attention is a former kit, the Pastel Checkerboard Cuff Bracelet. For one reason or another (probably having to do with the availability of certain beads) we stopped making the kit. Recently we decided to bring back this old favorite in slightly different, more vibrant, colors.

Claudia loves the permanent galvanized beads and the great colors of this versatile cuff.

This project is great for any level weaver! The pattern is easy and fun and you’ll love the results. The holidays are coming and we know there is someone on your list who would love this hand-made (by you) bracelet!


Buy the kit here, only $59!

Holiday Gift Mirrix Looms Bead Weaving Class: December 8th, 2013

If you live in the Boston area, you are in for a very special treat. Mirrix President Claudia Chase, the owner of NOA Gallery Joni Parker-Roach and artist and teacher Alexia Rosoff will be teaching a one-day bead weaving workshop on Sunday December 8th, 2013 at NOA Gallery in Groton, MA outside of Boston.

Students will learn how to warp and weave two stunning crystal and bead wrap bracelets. This is the perfect class to make some gorgeous hand-made gifts for those you love the most (or keep one for yourself)! These same bracelets are sold by Claudia in galleries for hundreds of dollars each.

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Where: NOA Gallery in Groton, MA

When: 9 am- 5 pm (with a break for lunch that can be worked through)


What:  Students will learn how to warp a Mirrix Loom with gorgeous hand-painted silk, the basics of weaving beads, the method for weaving different sized beads, tips on combining colors, how to finish a wrap bracelet and much, much more. They will make two stunning “Crystal and Bead Wrap Bracelets” made with 8/0 and 11/0 seed beads, fire-polished crystals, hand-painted silk, porcelain beads and finished with pewter buttons.

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Why: Because you deserve a day of pure fun and creativity and this is the perfect chance to check a few more people off that holiday gift list! Plus, you’ll learn how to weave beads on a Mirrix Loom, a useful skill that will  open up for you a whole new world of weaving.


How Much: $150 plus $59 materials fee ($10 off the original price of the kit) and $20 loom rental fee which can be used towards the purchase of your loom!

Kit Includes: 


-25 grams of 8/0 seed beads
-25 grams of 11/0 seed beads
-12 grams of 4 mm fire-polished crystals
-12 yards of hand-painted silk
-A bobbins of size D C-Lon beading thread
-13 round porclain beads
-2 peweter buttons
-1 long Tulip beading needle
-1 short beading needle

All in a lovely reusable plastic box
Makes two bracelets

Email to reserve a space in the class. We will accept payment by check or PayPal.

*After November 15th there will be no refunds, class will be cancelled by November 15th if we do not hit our class minimum
*Maximum class size of TEN people