Yesterday, my Mirrix Loom-16 inch Big Sister with shed device arrived! If you thought I was bead weaving as soon as it arrived you would have been wrong.
My daughter and I were out when it arrived and after we returned home I was helping her with another (second) beaded creation; a bracelet for her grandmother.
Check out the above photo. I think my daughter did a great job for her second bead weaving project! She did all the bead weaving herself. I gave her some suggestions on what she should use for the outside strands and she listened. I imagine as she gains confidence, she’ll be doing more on her own.
No additional purchases needed
The loom is about the only thing I needed to purchase and at a price of $292.99 that’s a good thing, wouldn’t you agree? I still have a lot gorgeous beads, findings, and an assortment of jewelry tools to get the creative juices flowing. I look forward to migrating to a large loom for some of my big beading projects.
In an earlier post, I stated that I had enough beads to last me for a while, but I thought it would be nice to let my daughter pick her own beads since she’s really showing an interest in bead weaving. We headed downtown to Beadazzled and I let her choose beads for herself. My daughter was thrilled, and thanked me repeatedly for letting her pick out her own beads. Beadazzled was one of my favorite haunts when I lived downtown in my mid twenties; Almost twenty years later, most of the beads in my collection came from that store. Yes… I had quite the bead stash. 🙂 I still do!
Once I took care of her I started unboxing my Mirrix Loom-16 inch Big Sister with shed.
The concept is the same as the other beaded looms I’ve worked with, but the warping of the loom is a bit different.
There were detailed instructions included with the loom for that process. The above video, is found on Youtube and shows how to warp a Mirrix loom without using the shedding device.
Before long I was bead weaving! For my first Mirrix project I decided on a simple piece to familiarize myself with this loom. Shortly after starting, I realized that I really did not have to do this since the bead weaving was no different than the beaded looms I’ve worked with in the past. But since it’s been years since I’ve done bead weaving on a loom, I mainly do off the loom bead weaving, I continued my project.
By the end of the evening, my daughter and I had both made great progress. We would have gotten a lot more complete, but the time was spent talking with each other, and taking numerous breaks to be silly.
In our home, spending hours chained to technology gadgets is not an option. Sure, we enjoy them, but there’s balance since I know what’s more important is spending time interacting with one another.