Update: Well, the winners are posted here. It was a good exercise, and it’s a good thing I have my trusty wood looms to create with.
Last night I started working on my Mirrix Looms contest entry which is due April 1, 2013. If you spend a bit of time looking around the Mirrix looms website, you’ll find something that will interest you.
Although I currently use my handcrafted looms for seed beads, both the bead weaving and weaving descriptions on mirrix bring on loom lust. Last summer I attended Campbell Folk School and met several fiber weavers in a spinning class. To hear them talk was to wish to watch them weave.
Just recently, Claudia of mirrix, posted some bead patterns on her blog. I love the first pattern and really love that when you click on it, you can see it nice and large. Perhaps I haven’t read far enough, but I wonder if I use the pattern for one of my Native American style flute wraps if it is a royalty free pattern. Some patterns are free to use but if you are going to make and sell them, there are royalties involved. I haven’t seen anything (doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist) on the site so far.
The Mirrix Looms company is owned by a mother-daughter team and somewhere I read the story of how the business unfolded. The fact that (a) the company’s run by a mother-daughter duo and (b) they have a great slogan “Because the loom you weave on should be a work of art” makes me love the company and want to see its success. I just don’t have the budget right now to put my money where my blog writing is … which brings me back to the contest.
Although I cannot afford a $200 small bead loom, it would change my workflow to have one. At this point in time I have paid a total of $9.99 for the typical craft loom, found it unstable and crazy, so I built a wood base around it to:
- catch my beads when they fall
- hang on the wall to store since space is filled
- be more stable so I could make the Native American style flute wraps while watching football. Don’t laugh, it can be done.
I made a second, smaller loom (right) that can travel. It’s limited to a fifteen-size 11 bead width.
Maybe I should earmark the selling of flute wrap #100? If I have made and sold that many flute wraps, it would be time to upgrade. This will be a while as I am on my 5th beaded wrap. Ah, so much more exciting to dream about winning a mirrix!
You can view the entries to-date for the contest here. They may inspire you to enter yourself. If you do, best of luck!