Easy to knit comfort or pocket teddy bears

I love knitting and crocheting comfort/compassion/pocket bears.

Here’s Tottie Tomato with a batch of bears that I just knitted.

By the way, in the video, I explained a little about where ‘Tottie Tomato’ came from.

Back to Comfort or Pocket Bears…….

Over the years, I’ve made thousands of them and given them away.

Here’s my newest version… knitted, and then folded and stitched, and oh so sweet!

The pattern is: Knit 20 stitches for 22 rounds and then follow the instructions in this video:

Happy knitting!  And, may the little bears bring you delight in the making, and joy in the giving!

For more patterns for Comfort bears, please click:

Knitted comfort bears

Crocheted comfort bears

 

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Handspun Alpaca for ANOTHER new book

HURRAH!  In 2020, my publisher (Stackpole books) will be releasing not just one new book from me (I was hard at work for almost all of 2018 on it), but-

WHEEE-   while I was working sooooooooo hard on the book that will be released in January of 2020, I was also busting my chops on laying the foundation for the NEXT book that I am writing.

And, the good news is that they will be publishing the NEXT book  in the fall of 2020, so most of 2019 will have me hard at work on it.

In fact, I am happily working on it now.

Last summer, my friends, Teresa and Darren Griffith gave me a huge bag of fluffy, fabulous fuzz from 4 of their gorgeous alpacas.

I don’t have a drum carder, so I hand carded and carded and carded it all and spun and spun and spun….

this basket of yummy yarn….

It may not look like much, but there is over a kilogram of yarn in that basket!

I thought that Teresa was brilliant to staple a lock of fleece from each of the alpacas to a card, so I would remember the name of each of the sweet alpacas who donated their loveliness!

And, now, I am joyfully weaving the alpaca yarn and will be including it in the NEXT book.

Hurrah!

and a thousand thanks to Teresa and Darren for their amazing generosity! ❤ and blessings to them both

 

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How to make a Heart Ornament with the Incredible Rope Machine from Schacht

One of our Christmas traditions is to make ornaments to give to our family and close friends.

This year, my husband and I are making hearts using the Incredible Rope Machine from Schacht.

It’s the neatest tool… it looks like something Leonardo da Vinci would have invented.

I made a video showing how to make the hearts:

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Teneriffe Lace- Smaller Faster Easiest

In my previous post, LINK  I showed how to weave a 2 inch/5 cm diameter Teneriffe lace motif on an upcycled loom.

The antique Teneriffe lace loom that my sister gave me has a smaller diameter set of holes that makes a motif that is  1 5/8 inches/4 cm in diameter.

At first, I thought… 2 inches is so small, why would you want to go smaller?

But then, I realized, that depending on the finished piece that will be combining lots of Teneriffe lace motifs, having smaller sized ones could be good.  There may be spaces that need filling.

And, then I thought… What if I make the smaller one, and make it ~really~ quick and easy so that someone who might be uncertain about trying Teneriffe lace would be willing to give it a try?

Here’s the smaller version of the loom:  When you print it out, try to get the circle of holes to come out at about 1 5/8 inches or 4 cm.

You’ll need 48 pins.

I’ve marked the pins that the first loop goes on- one more thing to make it quick and easy 🙂

I’ve made a video showing how to make the Smaller, Faster, Easiest Teneriffe Lace motif.

 

I hope that you’ll enjoy making Teneriffe Lace!  Happy Lace Making!

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How to make an upcycled Teneriffe loom and weave Teneriffe Lace on it

I have been loving working with the antique Teneriffe lace loom that my sister sent me.

I decided that I needed to figure out how other people could join in the fun and make Teneriffe lace.

The answer of course, is ‘upcycling’!

So, I drew out the pattern for a Teneriffe Lace loom:

The loom has a 2 inch/5 cm diameter circle of 52 holes.

Print it out so that it’s 2 inches across or to the size that you want to work with.

I made one loom with sturdy plastic that I upcycled from an old daytimer cover, and another one with cardstock from our recycling bin.  Both work great.

I also made a pin cushion by stitching 2 pockets together from a pair of dead blue jeans that I have been using in other upcycling projects.

I stuffed it ferociously full to make it VERY firm, and sewed it shut. It works perfectly for the base for making the Teneriffe lace.

You can see it, and full instructions on how to weave lovely Teneriffe Lace motifs.

Note:  These instructions are based on my experiments with this loom, so may well be different from the way that other people present Teneriffe Lace.    I’m happy with the outcome, but I just wanted you to be aware that there may be some folk who dispute the way I do this.

I made a video of how I make Teneriffe Lace with this loom:

 

 

 

In the meantime, there are a couple of other Teneriffe Lace videos that I have made:

 

 

and

 

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Antique Teneriffe Lace Loom

I have been absent from the world of social media for quite awhile- I was working to deadline on a book.

It swallowed me completely, and I vanished for awhile.  (I met the deadline! Yay!  And my editor likes it! Yay!)

But then, I got sick (ugh) and have been taking naps to recover, and didn’t have the jam to deal with blogging or dealing with the interwebs, so I didn’t.

Now, I’m on the mend.  And, working on new projects.

And taking lots of naps.

Oh my… this afternoon, something delicious happened that has made me need to pop back into the world of bloggdom.

A gift….

Today, I received a wonderful little package in the mail.

It was from my sister.  ❤

In the box was this little, oh so magical wee box of delights.

I opened the tiny old box and squealed with joy-

Such loveliness!

A treasure that my sister’s dear mother in law had found at an antique sale, bless her heart!

My sister has been cherishing this precious little box of heaven and, (bless her heart, too),  decided that I would enjoy it, so she mailed it to me. ❤

Sigh…. so much happiness in a little package!

I love Teneriffe lace and was ecstatic to see the awesome little brass loom.

And, a hairpin lace loom and some bone tools that will be lovely to use in small loom weaving.

I had to warp up the Teneriffe loom- how could I resist?

The little Teneriffe motif is wonky as all get out, but I think I should send it to my sister, doncha think?

PS:  (added the day after I originally posted about the Teneriffe Loom) I’ve been working with the Teneriffe Lace Loom, and have polished up my technique as I am working on a video to show how to do this technique with upcycled materials.

Here’s today’s version: 😀

Teneriffe lace loom 8-c

 

 

 

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How to Make a Niddy Noddy from Cardboard to Wind Skeins

My friend, Teresa gave me a bag of gorgeous Alpaca fiber – bliss!

I started spinning it up, but realized that I had misplaced my Niddy Noddy.

So, I thought… I can make one from cardboard.

One thing lead to another, and I soon ended up with 2 charming little characters who do acrobatics to help me wind a skein of yarn.

They are sturdy, work perfectly and are easy to store.

A totally successful upcycle of re-using cardboard. Yay!

Here’s the pattern that I finally settled on… after a LOT of tweaking and twiddling:

Print it full page:

And here’s a video that shows how to use it, as well as the inspiration for Niddy and Noddy’s faces:

Happy Spinning, Happy Weaving, Happy Upcycling!

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How to make buttons from twigs and branches

I love making one of a kind wooden buttons from twigs and branches that I find on the ground.

It’s a great eco-friendly project that is upcycling at its best.

They are a great way of embellishing hand woven, knitted, or crocheted fabric, or to make a sewn garment or accessory even more special.

You don’t have to have a woodworking shop full of power tools to make lovely wooden buttons- a few simple  hand tools are all that are necessary.

Here is the video that I made, showing how to make 3 different kinds of buttons from the same twig.

I hope that you will have a wonderful time making your own unique buttons:

 

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Butterfly Woman Spreads Her Wings Tapestry

In 2012, I wove a tapestry that was quietly part of a series of tapestries that I have been working on for many years:

In the last few weeks, she has let me know that she wanted to really spread her wings….

So, I wove her a face on my hexagon loom from Dewberry Ridge looms: LINK

I built a little loom to weave hands for her, and stitched on butterflies that I had designed and crocheted many years ago.

I used really thick wire to make and armature for one of the larger butterflies.

And, then, she had wings!

I am so pleased with her, and she is very pleased with me, too!

She’s about 39 inches/100 cm  tall and her wingspan is about 22 inches (55 cm).

Here’s a little video that I made about her:

My book, Peg Looms and Weaving Sticks LINK shows you how to weave tapestries on the peg loom.

If you’d like to know how to weave tapestries on the hexagon loom, here’s a how to video:

 

After a very long, very cold and very snowy and icy winter, I do believe that Spring and Butterflies on their way!

 

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Fabula Figure Tapestries

Last year, I wove a series of tapestries that I call, ‘The Fabula Figures’.

Fabula means ‘story’ in Latin… and each of the Fabula Figures is about the power of story.

The one in the photo below is called ‘Fabula Figure: The Storyteller’ and is about 44 inches tall.

She’s one of the later figures in the series.

I had woven a few prototypes for the series before January of 2017, but I really committed to the series on January 1 of 2017, and I haven’t stopped weaving them.

10 of the Fabula Figure tapestries are part of the ‘Faconner’ show that I wrote about in the previous blog post.

Here’s a little video of the Fabula Figures that I wove from January 1 – September 30, 2017:

 

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