One question we get a lot here at Mirrix Looms is this: “Can a beginner use a Mirrix Loom”?
The answer is a resounding, “yes!”
One of the great things about a Mirrix is that you can learn and grow with your loom. A Mirrix Loom offers you a professional quality foundation to grow your craft/art. Plus, a Mirrix is an incredibly versatile loom. This means you can decide you want to get into beads when you started with tapestry or tapestry if you started with fiber or that you want to weave with wire or begin making mixed-media pieces.
Another question we get often is, “Which loom is best for a beginner?” There really isn’t an answer to that. Any of our looms will work for a beginner. The difference between most of our looms is simply size. If you’re a beginner who wants to eventually make very large pieces, you may want to invest in a larger loom. If you’re an expert who only makes small pieces, a smaller loom will be best. That said, most beginners decide to start on the small side since those looms are less of an investment financially. Our 8″ Lani Loom, 12″ Little Guy Loom and 16″ Big Sister Loom are the most popular looms for beginner bead and tapestry weavers.
The Shasta Combs
The Shasta Combs essentially turn a Mirrix Loom into a simple frame loom (read: very simple to use) but with the amazing Mirrix tensioning system and the ability to use the Mirrix shedding device. The combs are not meant to replace our current warping system, which offers the advantage of putting on a warp that is longer than the loom itself as well as a variety of warp setts, but to provide an additional warping method that is very fast and simple that also can allow one to weave a piece (of limited lengths) with no warp-ends to finish. They are PERFECT for beginners!
The Easy Warp Method
Any Mirrix can be warped using our Easy Warp method, which makes set-up a breeze! Then, when you feel more comfortable, you can move on to our other warping methods.
Check out this video for more on this warping method:
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