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 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.
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
ASSEMBLING THE STAR BABY:
Fold the Arch shape in half.
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.
Stitch around the outside edge of the fabric circle,
then place the button on the circle. Pull up on the thread to gather the circle of fabric tightly.
Stitch in place on the back several times to secure the stitching.
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.
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.
Wrap around the neck several times.
Take the yarn end to the back of the head and stitch in place to anchor it.
Use the sewing thread to stitch through the back of the head to secure the face button in place.
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: