Monthly Archives: March 2013

A new woven shirt to celebrate springtime

Springtime has been hopelessly late here in Alberta, so I decided to go ahead and celebrate it anyhow, by making myself a new shirt.

I wove the fabric last year:

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I wove the fabric on my Saori loom:

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This became a sleeve:

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I used my ‘standard’ shirt pattern, Simplicity 2741 LINK

And shortened the sleeves, as I have short arms.

BUT…  I blythely cut it out and sewed it up in, ahem, my husband’s size, oops…. so it is too big for me.

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Ah well, I guess that’s better than being too small, isn’t it? 🙂

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I did all kinds of clasped weft and inlay on body of the shirt.

These are techniques that are used a lot in Saori weaving.

Saori is weaving based on the philosophy of creative self discovery through free form weaving.

See Saori Japan  LINK

At times, when I was weaving the little squares,  I had up to 8 extra shuttles in the row.

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Doing inlaid sections slows down the weaving process, but it is really worth it.

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Here’s the other sleeve:

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I used inkle woven bands for the collar and cuffs.

I am not going to put buttons on it, as I don’t think that I would ever wear it buttoned up.

So, this is my celebration of Spring…. hope you are celebrating merrily, too!

Happy Springtime! 🙂






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Woven Women- Our Lady of the Waters

Today, on facebook, the National Parks of Canada said that it is ‘World Wide Water Day’.

So, I decided to post a photo of my newest tapestry:’ Woven Women: Our Lady of the Waters’

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And, here is her poem:

Our Lady of the Waters

Moving in us, through us-

Fill us with awe

with wonder

at the beauty

the Every Thing….

Fill us with delight

in the power of

the sacred drop of water.

What color is water?

It is, ‘Yes’.

It is, ‘Life’.

It is ALL.

‘Woven Women- Our Lady of the Waters’ is a mixed media tapestry, including wool yarn, stones, wire and pounded metal.

I wove her with several different looms: A tapestry loom, a 2 harness table loom, a 2 harness Saori floor loom, a peg loom and also used a spool knitter.

She’s  28 inches tall by 11 1/2 inches wide.

I think that she is probably my favorite piece that I have ever woven.

Here’s a closeup of a section that I wove on the table loom at 15 epi.

I used tabby,  inlay, soumak, clasped weft and embroidery.

It was VERY slow to weave:

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Woven Women – Uncertainty

When faced with challenges, one of the ways I work my way through them is to weave.

This tapestry is the result of dealing with a huge challenge- how to cope with difficult news about the health of my beloved daughter.

This piece is called: ‘Woven Women- Uncertainty’, and she has a little poem….

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She’s a mixed media piece, woven in soumak, with inkle bands and spool knitted cords.

I spool knitted wire to encapsulate sea glass, seashell fragments and pottery shards.

Her hands are shaped from wire, and they clasp a purpleheart wooden heart.

She’s approximately 20 inches tall by 11 inches at the base.

And, here is her poem:


is the trembling bridge

crossing from



What if?


is the


that tears

the quivering shadows

from the heart.

Image and poem copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay


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How to weave a shoulder bag on the 14 inch triangle loom

Last week, I posted a video tutorial on how to weave a bag using the 3 foot triangle loom LINK

I’ve also designed a shoulder bag to weave on the 14 inch triangle loom, with a little help from weaving sticks 🙂

This bag is a great way to showcase handspun yarns, art yarns, tarn or other special yarns.

It’s VERY comfortable to wear across your body.

Wearing across like this keeps it closed.

If you don’t wear your bag across, then you’ll want to make a shorter strap, and add a button at the ‘V’.

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The bag is made of 4 triangles woven on the 14 inch Dewberry Ridge triangle loom LINK

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The hypotenuse of the triangles have cords made on the lucet (a spool knitter works just as well) to stabilize the edges.

The sides, base and handle are woven as one continuous piece on 6 weaving sticks.

(For more fab things to do with stick weaving looms, please check out this page on my website: LINK)

There’s a pocket on the front and also on the back of the bag, for business cards, glasses, cellphones, lip gloss, etc.

I made a video tutorial (with the usual assistance of my dogs… palm to forehead) showing how to make this spiffy shoulder bag:


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Woven Women- Sun setting, Moon rising

This week’s Woven Women tapestry has a long title:

Sun setting

Moon rising

Small wave at ocean’s edge

touches Her foot…..

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Woven 2012-2013

7 inches wide by 14 inches tall


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