Woven Star Baby – Part 2

In Woven Star Baby- Part 1, I showed you how to shape the body, and make the Star Baby’s face.

star-baby-1-c

Here’s how to finish the Star Baby:

ARMS:

Weave the yarn ends into the cord up to the middle.

star-baby-16-c

Place the arms behind the body and stitch to the back.

star-baby-17-c

LEGS:

Weave the yarn ends into the cord up to the middle.

star-baby-16-c

Fold the cord in half and insert into the lower edge of the body.

star-baby-18-c

Stitch the body closed.

star-baby-19-c

star-baby-20-c

star-baby-21-c

 

STITCH THE STAR TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD:

Using the needle and thread, stitch the head to the star.

star-baby-22-c

 

FINISHING:

If the Starbaby is going to be a hanging ornament, leave strands of yarn at the top point of the star and tie a knot about an inch/2.5 cm from the star point. Trim.

If the Starbaby is going to be a pin, stitch a pin to the back of the star.

Weave in all ends.

I added a little heart sticker to the chest.  You can cut one or punch one out of paper and glue it on if you don’t have heart stickers.

Sweet Dreams and Happy Weaving!❤

star-baby-23-c

Please note:

This is Noreen Crone-Findlay’s original design and is copyright protected.  It is not to be sold or used without permission. Thank you🙂

This is a tiny video that I made to introduce the Star Babies:

3 Comments

Filed under Dewberry Ridge looms, doll & dolls & dollmaking & doll making, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, Lucet, Thumbelina Loom, tutorial & how to, weaving & handwoven

Woven Star Baby – 1

Many years ago, I had a wonderful dream about the Northern Lights.

I dreamt that thousands of shooting stars were streaming down the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis), but when I looked closer, I saw that the shooting stars were actually Star Babies🙂

They were laughing, tumbling and frolicing in delight.

It was a wonderful dream, and ever since then, I have designed and made variations on the theme of ‘Star Baby’.

Here’s my woven Star Baby:

star-baby-1-c

STAR BABY TO WEAVE ON THE DEWBERRY RIDGE STAR AND THUMBELINA LOOMS

DESIGNED BY NOREEN CRONE-FINDLAY ©

These woven Starbabies can hang up as ornaments or be pinned to a lapel or just played with as cute little dolls.

 

FINISHED SIZE: Approximately 5 inches/12.5 cm tall.

WHAT YOU NEED: Dewberry Ridge Star and Thumbelina Looms, Latch hook lucet from Dewberry Ridge Looms or a regular lucet.

About an ounce/28 gm star colored yarn and about and ounce/28 gm yarn for the body.

Face: 1 inch/2.5 cm diameter button and a 1 ½ inch/3 cm diameter circle of lightweight fabric.  Needle and thread to gather the fabric circle.

Features: Fine tip permanent marking pens, light pink crayon for cheeks.

star-baby-23-c

WEAVE:

1 Star following the instructions that came with the Star loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms

1 Thumbelina arch shape following the instructions that came with the Thumbelina loom, also from Dewberry Ridge Looms.

 

Make 2 LUCET cords:

Arms: 2 ½ inches/ 6.25 cm

Legs: 3 ½ inches/ 8/75 cm

star-baby-2-c

ASSEMBLING THE STAR BABY:

Fold the Arch shape in half.

star-baby-3-c

Stitch the Center back edges together to become the body. Leave the lower edge open.

For the head, leave half of the arch not stitched.

star-baby-4-c

FACE:

Stitch around the outside edge of the fabric circle,

star-baby-5-c

then place the button on the circle. Pull up on the thread to gather the circle of fabric tightly.

star-baby-6-cstar-baby-7-c

Stitch in place on the back several times to secure the stitching.

star-baby-8-cstar-baby-9-c

Draw the features onto the face.

The seam is at the back of the body.

Place the face button onto the head.  Pull the edges of the head forward and over the edges of the button.

star-baby-10-c

Take the needle and thread through the back of the head and park it for now.

Thread a length of yarn  into the weaving needle, then take the needle through the edge stitches. Pull up to gather the head around the face.

star-baby-12-cstar-baby-13-c

Wrap around the neck several times.

star-baby-14-c

Take the yarn end to the back of the head and stitch in place to anchor it.

star-baby-15-c

Use the sewing thread to stitch through the back of the head to secure the face button in place.

star-baby-11-c

In Part 2, I’ll show you how to finish the Star Baby.

This is a tiny video that I made to introduce the Star Babies:

1 Comment

Filed under doll & dolls & dollmaking & doll making, gifts & easy to make gifts & presents, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, Thumbelina Loom, tutorial & how to, weaving & handwoven

6th Sense One of a Kind Art Doll- The Love of Trees

6th-sense-the-love-of-trees-1-c
I’ve just finished a new 6th Sense One of a kind art doll: ‘The Love of Trees’.

6th-sense-the-love-of-trees-2-c

She’s 16 inches/42cm tall.
6th-sense-the-love-of-trees-5-c
I sculpted the face then cast and painted it.
6th-sense-the-love-of-trees-4-c

She’s a combination of weaving and knitting.

Above the trees is a mylar mirror.

6th-sense-the-love-of-trees-3-c
Like all the other ‘6th Sense’ art dolls, she has 6 Canadian pennies that are a metaphor for coming to our senses, common sense, and the 6th Sense, which is actually a combination of intuition, inspiration, imagination and integrity.

6th-sense-the-love-of-trees-6-c

6th-sense-the-love-of-trees-7-c

She is for sale.  ($275.00 +shipping)

4 Comments

Filed under doll & dolls & dollmaking & doll making, weaving & handwoven, Woven Women tapestries and woven works

6th Sense Woven Woman Art Doll- The Light of Courage

Here is my latest ‘6th Sense’ Woven Woman one of a kind art doll: The Light of Courage:

6th-sense-light-of-courage-1-c

The 6th Sense is actually 3 senses rolled into one: Intuition, Inspiration and Imagination.

We all need our 6th Sense to be working well these days, which is why I am making one of a kind art dolls in honor of our Sixth Sense.

6th-sense-light-of-courage-2-c

The pink wire star was made using the Star loom that I designed for Dewberry Ridge looms: Link

The copper wire behind the wire star on her forehead was woven on the potholder loom.

Her face and hands are wooden.

The star over her heart is copper wire that I crocheted:

6th-sense-light-of-courage-3-c

Because tatting is so contemplative, I have added some tatted elements that I tatted, using tatting shuttles that I made for myself:

6th-sense-light-of-courage-4-c

I wove the Dragonfly on the Dragonfly loom that I designed for Dewberry Ridge Looms: Link

The 6 pennies = 6 cents= a metaphor for  The 6th Sense

I wove the fabric for her on 3 small looms: Inkle, 4 harness Structo,  and potholder loom.

6th-sense-light-of-courage-5-c

I made wooden butterfly wings for her back:

6th-sense-light-of-courage-6-c

The butterfly wings and dragonfly on the front are symbolic of transformation.

She is 16 inches/42 cm tall by 7 1/2 inches/19 cm wide by 3 1/2 inches/9 cm thick at the base, tapering up to 1 1/2 inches /4 cm thick at the top.

She is for sale- $195.00 + shipping

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

A small video of all the Inktober drawings together

I made a small video of all the Inktober drawings that I did for this year’s challenge:

2 Comments

Filed under drawing

#inktober2016 draws to a close – Days 23 to 31

Here are the drawings that I did for Days 23 – 31 of #Inktober2016:

inktober-23c

inktober-24c

inktober-25c

inktober-26c

inktober-27c

inktober-28c

inktober-29c

inktober-30c

inktober-31c

Inktober was a pleasure.

Won’t you join me for it next year?

Get out your sketchbook and some ink…. and start drawing!

Leave a comment

Filed under drawing

A week of #inktober sketches Days 15 to 22

This has been an incredibly busy week, so I have just posted my inktober drawings to facebook:, but haven’t blogged them.

So, here is a catchup post: Days 15 – 22  of #inktober2016

Day 15:

inktober-15c

Day 16:

inktober-16c

Day 17:

inktober-17c

Day 18:

inktober-18c

Day 19:

inktober-19c

Day 20:

inktober-20c

Day 21

inktober-21c

Day 22:

inktober-22c

I find that participating in challenges is a very rich experience…. sticking to a promise that I have made to myself is very good for flexing the commitment muscles.

And, a pattern language emerges that leads to other creative expressions.

So, even though these tiny drawings are obviously done very quickly, and some of them are certainly less than stellar, it’s still worthwhile to continue the practice.   I enjoy seeing how  thoughts, feelings, contemplations, the books I am reading, the other work and life in general is reflected in a few little lines  and splashes of ink.

Yes… a worthwhile practice indeed….  :)

2 Comments

Filed under drawing

Woven Woman- Laura

At the beginning of July 2016, my dear friend, Laura Cameron commissioned me to weave a Woven Woman Soul Portrait of her.

I have now completed the tapestry, and truly, there was love in every stitch!

It was more than 3 months of intensely hard work, but oh, my!  What joy to create it!

woven-woman-laura-1-cwoven-woman-laura-2-cwoven-woman-laura-3-cwoven-woman-laura-4-cwoven-woman-laura-5-cwoven-woman-laura-6cwoven-woman-laura-7cwoven-woman-laura-8cwoven-woman-laura-11cwoven-woman-laura-9cwoven-woman-laura-10cwoven-woman-laura-12cwoven-woman-laura-13cwoven-woman-laura-14cwoven-woman-laura-15cwoven-woman-laura-16cwoven-woman-laura-17c

Here is a video I made of the tapestry before it went home:

It has been deep joy to weave this tapestry! I feel blessed🙂

8 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Wooden Doll Pauline meets a London Goose

Yesterday, Miranda,  Siobhan, Coco and Thallie were wondering about their friend Pauline, who has moved to London with her Human…..

coco-at-the-blue-chair-6

They were thrilled when Pauline’s  Person kindly  sent photos of Pauline’s outing in one of the parks in London.

Pauline began with a little exploring:

pauline-goes-to-london-4-cpauline-goes-to-london-5-c

pauline-goes-to-london-6-c

and then ambled off to the pond, where she caught the eye of a Canada Goose:

pauline-goes-to-london-7-c

Hmmm… Small Person, do you have food?

pauline-goes-to-london-8-c

Are you potentially a meal?

pauline-goes-to-london-9-c

Neither.   You are a disappointment to me.

All Pauline photographs are copyright Kennie Wittebrood and are used with her permission.

 

2 Comments

Filed under doll & dolls & dollmaking & doll making, Hitty Dolls, Story Door Dolls by Noreen Crone-Findlay, wooden dolls

Story Door Dolls- Coco loves music

Tiny Coco loves music:

coco-at-the-blue-chair-4

She was so excited to go to see Jim and Michael playing last week:

coco-at-the-blue-chair

She enjoyed telling Miranda, Siobhan, Thallie and Pupster all about it:

coco-at-the-blue-chair-5

Miranda and Coco chatted about how much they love music:

coco-at-the-blue-chair-2

While Siobhan told Thallie about her adventures at the Symphony:

coco-at-the-blue-chair-3

They all agreed that they enjoy getting out to a good concert.

Miranda sighed, and said that she hasn’t been anywhere interesting lately.

They all gazed at the tiny vintage postcards a friend in England sent them last year:

coco-at-the-blue-chair-6

And wondered how  Great Traveler Pauline is enjoying herself in London…..

2 Comments

Filed under doll & dolls & dollmaking & doll making, Hitty Dolls, Story Door Dolls by Noreen Crone-Findlay, wooden dolls