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Open Studio Tour: Mireloom

Mar 26, 2010

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In this Open Studio Tour series, we’ll be snooping around Etsians’ creative spaces to find out the story behind the drawing table — or in this case, loom. We want to know all about our artists, and in the process, perhaps get a bit of inspiration for our own workrooms!

This time our studio tour has gone overseas to the Europe, and more precisely to northern Italy. We’re here to learn a bit more about how the woven treasuries of Mireloom come to life!

What’s your name and what kind of craft do you do?
I’m Mirella. I began as a weaver first, but a few years ago I started sewing because I love making bags and, for that, sewing is a must.Studio_shelves.jpg

When did you decide that you needed a studio?
For the longest time I worked at home. My looms, my several kilos of wool and cotton, every kind of yarn, tools and books were such a terrible mess. Every time I needed to look for anything it was so difficult to find. Besides, my husband was getting tired of the chaos in my workroom at home!

 


When and how did you set up your studio?

Four years ago I decided to ask my parents to let me use their attic, even though it was already full of other things. They said yes — my parents were so happy to have me closer. There is only one problem with this location: the cold in winter!

How big is your studio?
The entire attic is about 700 square feet, but my working area is about 300, which is enough for my looms, shelves and a big table.
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Which is your favorite tool in your studio?
My eight treadles loom…it is a beauty!

Do you want to share with us one secret of your studio?
The secret is my feeling of complete freedom when I am in my studio, where I can do everything I love — it’s my kingdom! And since it is in the attic there are a lot of family treasuries to discover, hidden amongst everything.

How many hours do you normally spend in your studio?
I am in the studio between four to seven hours per day, and I would like to stay there longer, but family time often has priority.

Do you share your studio with someone or would you like to do so?
Sometimes one of my friends comes by and brings her work to do. I love to have company, but the most of time I’m alone.

Is there anything you would add to your working space?
First of all a heating system, and then a little powder room. But I also dream of a studio with a gorgeous view of my land — at the moment I only have roof windows.

If you had to choose one synonym for your studio which one would you pick: atelier, family room, lair, lodge, nest, playroom, retreat, sanctuary, shelter, darkroom or showroom, and why?
As I said before, my studio is my kingdom, but nest is really the right word to call it!

And last but not least, how often do you clean it?
Ah this is a difficult question to answer! I normally make mountains of wool balls and fabrics while working. When it becomes very difficult to find anything inside those mountains, I devote a day to clean and tidy up my space. This happens normally once a week.

Anything else you want to add, or is there a question I didn’t ask that you wanted to answer?
I first fell in love with weaving when I was a girl, back in the ’70s. Even though I have a degree in theatre with a thesis in anthropology, weaving was always in my heart. The first thing I did after graduation was to
enroll in a weaving school — my parents were not so happy with that idea. I had chosen an uncertain future (read: not so much money!), but to this day I have never regretted that decision.

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Thank you, Mirella. Until the next studio snoop, ciao!

If you have an interesting studio or workspace and some tips to share, comment below or add photos to the Open Studio Flickr group, and you may be next in our Open Studio Tour series!

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136 comments

  • ireneagh

    ireneagh said 7 years ago

    great article!!! :) I love Mireloo's work!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    this was very inspiring! thanks for sharing your space! love how you call it your nest :)

  • wakamesalada

    wakamesalada said 7 years ago

    beautiful space for beautiful works! Go Mireloom go! :D

  • ireneagh

    ireneagh said 7 years ago

    ops, Mireloom's! ;)

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    oh so cool! would love to see that loom in action!

  • Pirillinca

    Pirillinca said 7 years ago

    Yeah, Mirella is a great artist and a very very nice person! : )

  • irenecollane

    irenecollane said 7 years ago

    I love Mireloom's work!! Mireloom you are wonderful!

  • elinart

    elinart said 7 years ago

    Great series!!

  • UltimateOrganicSoap

    UltimateOrganicSoap said 7 years ago

    I always admire those with skills I don't have! Great article!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 7 years ago

    Great story! Mireloom, you are so talented! (-:

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work, Mirella! Looms are such amazing pieces of equipment. I love this series as I enjoy seeing how and where other artists/designers work. It's always fascinating! If you're ever looking to do a feature on someone with the world's smallest desk and studio space, I'm your girl.

  • TessaKim

    TessaKim said 7 years ago

    I love her work also, very lovely!

  • whiletheyplay

    whiletheyplay said 7 years ago

    awesome! i admire those with loom skills. beautiful!

  • SkyBox

    SkyBox said 7 years ago

    GORGEOUS work, Mirella. Weaving is such a wonderful old world craft. I love that there are people who can do it today! It looks so complicated.

  • XOHandworks

    XOHandworks said 7 years ago

    I've been working on re-organizing my work areas through-out the house. My small part-time business has become my full-time job, and my work areas need to updated to reflect that. I'd be happy to share my progress with you :)

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    WOW the sea horses in love amidst chandeliers and sea weed-ethereal sheer quality-romantic theme and love how it fluxes with the persons movement

  • Kosmika

    Kosmika said 7 years ago

    What a lovely nest! :) Your looms are beautiful and your workspace is great :) I adore the light from the roof window and all that colorful yarn around.. :D

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 7 years ago

    Mirella is a wonderful artist and a friend, and her studio is stunning!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous work & pics. Thanks for keeping such a unique art alive!!!

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 7 years ago

    This is a very interesting work space, and story. Thanks for sharing!!

  • ixela

    ixela said 7 years ago

    Woww... great feature for a great artist and her lovely studio... really a place so fascinating... believe me I was there to meet Mirella in real life!!!

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 7 years ago

    Absolutely amazing! Her work is beautiful

  • pouch

    pouch said 7 years ago

    oh wow, I have so much respect for people who can weave, those looms look so complicated!

  • mairitales

    mairitales said 7 years ago

    Wow Mireloom, wonderful studio and wonderful creations :D Great report too ;)

  • rawfish

    rawfish said 7 years ago

    wish i had a gorgeous attic to become my studio with lovely sunlight filled windows. or the floor space to own a loom! i am a bit jealous ;)

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 7 years ago

    I love Mireloom's shop! Mirella is a great artist!!!!

  • nomadcraftsetc

    nomadcraftsetc said 7 years ago

    Wow! I am so jealous! Thanks for this post!

  • gasometri

    gasometri said 7 years ago

    Mirella, your studio transmits passion, caring and emotion... We really like your work!

  • gasometri

    gasometri said 7 years ago

    Mirella, your studio transmits passion, caring and emotions! We really like your work...

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 7 years ago

    Great article! Mirella, your work is beautiful and impressive!! Love your studio.

  • ingermaaike

    ingermaaike said 7 years ago

    Oooh I very much love the weavings of Mire!

  • Floralworld

    Floralworld said 7 years ago

    Wonderful works and studio!

  • Floralworld

    Floralworld said 7 years ago

    Wonderful works and studio!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 7 years ago

    Wow Mirella! Your work is amazing! Great post

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Great studio!

  • shoplepetitpig

    shoplepetitpig said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • meteor

    meteor said 7 years ago

    Very nice works and very warm interview. Thank you!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 7 years ago

    love your stuff, Its beautiful!!

  • Biberta

    Biberta said 7 years ago

    It's amazing *__________*

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Wonderful peek into Mireloom's world. Thanks.

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! The pictures really inspire me to do some crafting this week-end!

  • paulinepaulette

    paulinepaulette said 7 years ago

    What a lovely studio you have, Mireloom!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    Amazing! Very nice work. Thank you for a fun and interesting read!

  • TangledArts

    TangledArts said 7 years ago

    Wow, lovely work!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 7 years ago

    WOW! Great Article!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    Those bags are gorgeous!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 7 years ago

    Really quality work!

  • jennapritchard

    jennapritchard said 7 years ago

    so beautiful, id love to learn to weave its looks so wonderful and satisfying.

  • JanelDudleyBeads

    JanelDudleyBeads said 7 years ago

    Your story drew me in! You do beautiful work!

  • KelpCottage

    KelpCottage said 7 years ago

    Reading about your special weaving spot makes me want to get my loom out of storage and find somewhere to put it back to creating! Thanks for sharing!!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    this is so inspiring! i've always dreamt of looming.

  • Handamade

    Handamade said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful story!^_^

  • SRdesign

    SRdesign said 7 years ago

    Great studio!Thanks for sharing.

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 7 years ago

    I love peeking into other people's studios! Thanks for letting us look :)

  • prettyfarmprimitives

    prettyfarmprimitives said 7 years ago

    Wonderful studio, I always wanted to learn how to do this.

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 7 years ago

    Interesting craft and place.

  • kittybblove

    kittybblove said 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh- multiple weaving looms! How awesome :D

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your work space! I'd love to have a skylight.

  • studiocatb

    studiocatb said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your space with us. Beautiful work.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Nice! Thanks for sharing!

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 7 years ago

    wow what a great artist. Beautiful work too

  • ChimysClips

    ChimysClips said 7 years ago

    LOVE IT!!!!!

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 7 years ago

    Mireloom, bella!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 7 years ago

    What an awesome series - I can't wait to "visit" other artists in their studios. I'm sure Mirella's parents enjoy having the opportunity to visit with and take pride in the accomplishments of their artistic daughter. Thank you for sharing your space Mirella.

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful space ~ the light is gorgeous, and your creations are likewise! All the best to you, Mirella!

  • hulagirlsoapco

    hulagirlsoapco said 7 years ago

    I love how the sunlight hits the nest!!

  • JDStar

    JDStar said 7 years ago

    Hooray Meriloom! Beautiful workspace, I'm so glad we get a glimpse into it!

  • italianpostcards

    italianpostcards said 7 years ago

    A wonderful artist and friend, Congrats Mirella!

  • zuccherofilato

    zuccherofilato said 7 years ago

    Mirella is a great artist!!! I love her work! Many congrats!

  • DreamsCorner

    DreamsCorner said 7 years ago

    Mireloom's works are adorable, she is a great artist!

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    Mireloom you are wonderful...

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    Mireloom you are great artist..

  • lissionetsy

    lissionetsy said 7 years ago

    thanks for sharing such an interesting life :)

  • DecoDeli

    DecoDeli said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love these little peeks into others crafty rooms! Thank you Mirella, for inviting us all into yours!!!

  • DoodooShop

    DoodooShop said 7 years ago

    Great Article~

  • QuietStorytellers

    QuietStorytellers said 7 years ago

    A friend introduced me to weaving 2 years ago and there is no going back! There is a joy and peacefulness found in the weaving process that I find nowhere else. Kudos to you Miralla for finding a space and a way to keep your heart happy! Kudos to you etsy, for highlighting it!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    just great!!

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 7 years ago

    I have so much respect for weavers-it looks so complicated-but such beautiful work! My MIL was a weaver and had a room size loom in her sunroom-we have the tabletop maple looom my FIL hand crafted for her-we cherish it-great story

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 7 years ago

    this is soo much fun! This reminds me of Fiber class when I was a teenager I loved the loom!

  • MWNaturesAntiquities

    MWNaturesAntiquities said 7 years ago

    What a delightful setting for your loom. Your work is refreshing and colorful! Thanks for the tour.

  • ERGANIweaving

    ERGANIweaving said 7 years ago

    Your studio is great Mirela you you make so lovely things!

  • JEWELRYBYKRISTI

    JEWELRYBYKRISTI said 7 years ago

    i want to play in Mireloom's studio, looks like so much fun!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing!

  • FoodForHands

    FoodForHands said 7 years ago

    I love this! I have a tiny loom but I've been looking for a bigger one

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 7 years ago

    stupendo Mire il tuo telaioè una machcina che ha sempre un grande fascino!! great place!! I love Mireloom works!!

  • birribe

    birribe said 7 years ago

    I feel inspired to read about your work and studio, great article thanks for sharing!

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 7 years ago

    She is a great artist, her creations are wonderful!!! Congrats Mirella! You have a beautiful studio!!!

  • Mireloom

    Mireloom said 7 years ago

    Thanks to all off you for this avalanche of nice and friendly comments!!! I'm so happy!!:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  • HollyberryHill

    HollyberryHill said 7 years ago

    What a great article! I always imagine weaving to be so peaceful. Your work is beautiful!

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 7 years ago

    She is a great artist!!! I love her creations!! Congrats Mirella!! You have a beautiful studio!!!

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 7 years ago

    Congrats Mireloom !!

  • Relydesign

    Relydesign said 7 years ago

    Great article...i'd love to have a space just for me with all the things that i need !!

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 7 years ago

    Nice works ..

  • coccinellerouge

    coccinellerouge said 7 years ago

    I love this article and I love your space! It looks like a perfect place to work! And I absolutely love your items too :)

  • yarn2spin

    yarn2spin said 7 years ago

    Great Article! My family would love it if I kept to just my studio... I invade not only my studio room, but most of the rest of the house too.

  • FrederickAvenue

    FrederickAvenue said 7 years ago

    This is fantastic! Great article! Your studio is wonderful. No surprise that you make such beautiful pieces. I'm proud that a fellow weaver has been featured.

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 7 years ago

    thank you mirella for sharing your story!

  • animalsandicons

    animalsandicons said 7 years ago

    Great article. Thanks.

  • ShadySideFarm

    ShadySideFarm said 7 years ago

    Love to see weavers in the news! Great article... And thanks, etsy, for choosing my rag rug to include in the related items section!

  • BacaCaraJewelry

    BacaCaraJewelry said 7 years ago

    Wonderful feature! thanks, mireloom, for letting us have a look at your "kingdom". I love your weaving work!

  • jschubertdesigns

    jschubertdesigns said 7 years ago

    What a nice article Mirella!! I think that people should descend on your etsy shop and gobble everything up! You are such a fantastic weaver!!

  • BacaCaraJewelry

    BacaCaraJewelry said 7 years ago

    Wonderful feature! Thank you, mireloom, for letting us have a look at you "kingdom"! I love you weavings.

  • knit1girl1

    knit1girl1 said 7 years ago

    Great article and lovely weaving. Hoping my studio looks as great as yours one day:)

  • tisserande

    tisserande said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Mirella! What a great article, nice to see weaving getting some promotion! You have lovely work.

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign said 7 years ago

    beautiful work , well done ;o)

  • traditionsfiberarts

    traditionsfiberarts said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article... thanks for sharing and I am so glad Etsy recognized a weaver. Love your studio.

  • lorenaferreira

    lorenaferreira said 7 years ago

    I am thrilled for mirella, she is a wonderful artist. The article itself is great, with terrific photos!!!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Mirella! Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. It's good to know that I'm not the only messy craftswoman. At some point I clean as well, but most often I'm working in a mess. I think I create the best in chaos!

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 7 years ago

    Lovely! My mother in law used to do the same thing. I love visiting where my husband grew up and exploring her workshop which still has her loom and lots of lovely items.

  • pennsylvaniafolkart

    pennsylvaniafolkart said 7 years ago

    i've been a weaver for 20 years and recently stopped working at it. this gives me great inspiration to start again! great article.

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 7 years ago

    what a fantastic interview! Thanks for sharing Mirella :)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    i hope 2 do rugs 1 day....beautiful works o art

  • wildwoolfarm

    wildwoolfarm said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article... Thanks for sharing Mirella

  • wildwoolfarm

    wildwoolfarm said 7 years ago

    What a nice article Mirella!!

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby said 7 years ago

    So inspiring! Looking forward to more of these articles.

  • CavemanPottery

    CavemanPottery said 7 years ago

    Loved seeing inside your world!

  • verityunmondoaparte

    verityunmondoaparte said 7 years ago

    wow, it's so great interview!!! I love too much Mireloom 's works, it's so nice ^_^

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Lovely!

  • PassionArte

    PassionArte said 7 years ago

    I love Mireloom's works! Good luck for you shop, Mirella!

  • lechouchou

    lechouchou said 7 years ago

    My compliments, Mireloom! I really love your work :D

  • oliverhenry

    oliverhenry said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this space. Mireloom's weaving is gorgeous

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 7 years ago

    wow that loom is crazy!!! I love your studio and am very jealous :) Good luck in the future!

  • Endangeredspecies

    Endangeredspecies said 7 years ago

    Wow great studio amd loom!!! Wish you all the best!

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 7 years ago

    Inspiring article! I'm working on making our small attic as a studio. Same with Meirloom, the problem is the cold in the winter!

  • flirtbuttons

    flirtbuttons said 7 years ago

    You all need to stop pulling me back in to weaving!!! I put myself through graduate school by weaving on my old rug loom. My looms have been put up since my first child was born. have fun, thanks for sharing

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 7 years ago

    I need studio space. My living room is so cramped now.

  • JustWeaving

    JustWeaving said 7 years ago

    I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous as hell! A Nest of my own, 4 - 7 hours to weave a day...Northern Italy (OK, the Irish Cooleys and Mournes and Spanish Pyrenees are not bad either I suppose...)...I think there is too much Lego in my parents' attic, I'm not sure there is space for my looms! With this envy comes heaps of respect too - beautiful colours and some lovely structures - when weaving is what makes you tick it really shows!

  • OhOhMary

    OhOhMary said 7 years ago

    That loom is SOO sexy! Thanks for the great photos.

  • MariesCorner

    MariesCorner said 7 years ago

    This is a very interesting work space, and story! Great studio amd loom!!! Wish you all the best! Thanks for sharing!!

  • VintageMaryT

    VintageMaryT said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your workspace pictures! Inspiring!

  • oldcottage

    oldcottage said 7 years ago

    the sunlight pouring into your studio seems inspiring and it shows in your work!

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 7 years ago

    I love being creative and looking at other creative peoples work like this.

  • handymankenisalive

    handymankenisalive said 6 years ago

    Incredible i want to bring something to work on and sit with you while we both create in your lofty kingdom. Let the world go on around us while we stop time and enjoy making things. Ill bring my own heater and a periscope so we can see your land around us. Maybe some bread and cheese and a bottle of Auslisse wine to boot. I think you have found one of the greatest adventures available in this world. To sit and watch our busy hands making order out of disorder, its what we do best, create,

  • kindredthreads

    kindredthreads said 6 years ago

    Always an inspiration!

  • LoomTime

    LoomTime said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work. Every detail is special and unique. Congratulations!

  • alvant

    alvant said 6 years ago

    I am so proud of you, Mireloom!!!! It is great to see weavers promoted!

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