About Noreen Crone-Findlay:

I am an artist, weaver of tapestries and other woven works, a  dollmaker of one of a kind art dolls, wood carver , a designer, and creator of many different looms as well as the author of many books including:

These ones are now out of print:

I am passionate about the fiber arts: I love small loom weaving, carving and sculpting, knitting, lace making,, doll making,  tatting, tapestry weaving, crochet and wood working and all the fiber arts.

My husband and I enjoy the companionship of our lovely grown up children and their spouses and our darling grandson and our small dogs, and of course we cherish our lovely friends and community.

I have a youtube ‘how to’ channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/NoreenCroneFindlay

My etsy shop is:  http://NCroneFindlay.etsy.com
You can reach me on Facebookfacebook.com/NoreenCroneFindlayDesigns
And follow me on:
You can see some of my tapestry and other art on:

About Tottie Tomato: Why my blog is called ‘Tottie Talks Crafts’

Many years ago, my husband brought a green tomato into the house, and said: “Look at this tomato! It has a nose!”

Well… I saw right away that that tomato had a personality as well as a nose, and Tottie Tomato was born.

She accompanied us on a trip across Western Canada and had all kinds of adventures.

When the ‘live’ tomato head was, um, ‘done’, I carved an exact replica of the original ‘nosey’ tomato and made the first Tottie Tomato doll.

That Tottie Tomato eventually wore out and lives on in genteel retirement in my studio and in 2016, I carved a new, smaller version of her.

Tottie Tomato  lives happily in my studio, supervising all the delights that are created here 🙂


25 responses to “About

  1. Stramenda

    Hi Noreen !!

    You knew me as “crochet chic” in the past. We discussed many things, including linked stitches !!

    I found a link on Ravelry that linked to “Hankering for Yarn” about carving a crochet hook, and the post is no longer there. Can you provide any info about this topic? Pretty please?

    Thank you SOOO much,


    • Marie Christine Viry


      I really appreciate your work and tutos, they are so friendly. How to put it ? You just feel nice and cosy looking at them, as if you were at home with a good friend showing you how to do all this marvelous weaving. . It’s a pity that I don’t seem able to get a copy of your book about peg loom weaving in France, They say it’s not edited any more. Do you plan to edit it again ? I would most certainly buy it. Best wishes, Marie-Christine (obviously a French admirer !)


      • Bon Jour, Marie-Christine et Merci! Yes, my book is still in print (my editor has told me that it is going into it’s second printing). It is available worldwide with free shipping from this link: https://www.bookdepository.com/Peg-Looms-and-Weaving-Sticks/9780811716123 But… with the lockdowns, shipping is probably going to be delayed. I wish you the best of good health and all good things in all ways, always! Happy Weaving!, Noreen


        • Marie Christine Viry

          Bonjour Noreen,

          Thank you so much for your reply ! I’m really touched that you took the time to answer me.
          My husband just built a small peg loom for me and I can’t wait to try weaving on it. Your videos are much useful, but I still hope to be able to buy your book soon.

          I wish you all the best too, and please do not stop making your videos and books, there are such a treasure in the difficult world we live in. Thanks for what you teach me !



  2. tottietalkscrafts

    Hi Cristina
    It’s lovely to hear from you again!

    I am scrambling to get Tottie’s blog up and running, at the same time as working on a whole lot of new projects, so it’s a bit challenging to get all the tutorials re-configured.

    I’ll add the hook carving to the list of requested tutes! :o)


  3. Jim

    Nice to see you Tottie



  4. HI Noreen, Good to see you! Now I can look forward to my regular diet of crafty things again!
    Cheers, Caroline


  5. Thank you so much, Caroline! I hope that you will enjoy Tottie Talks Crafts!
    So nice to have you here….


  6. Jean

    Hi Noreen

    Thank you for the inspiration you are giving me!
    I wonder if you can help me. I am in the NE of Scotland and I am struggling to buy a potholder loom. Crafts shops here do not know what I am talking about even, never mind stock them!! So can you advise me where to buy a quality potholder loom as I don’t want to sent to the USA without knowing for sure that I am getting a quality product.
    I would be so grateful for you help.

    Thanks again for all you do!

    Very best wishes


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  8. Would like to weave a shirt for self and am interested to know what you used for warp and weft. Weaving it on a rigid heddle loom.


  9. Paula

    Hi Noreen, Thank you for your great video tutorials. I think I found a tutorial on how to weave a two-color cord on a four-peg spool knitter, but I can’t find it now. I found one that does not show how to START the project but only how to do one continuing stitch and then cast off. Did I dream it or is there a tutorial on how to begin with two colors on the spool knitter? Thank you!


    • Unfortunately, I made a big editing error and can’t find the original files, so re-doing the edit isn’t possible. SO… actual beginning of the video is 7 minutes into the video. You can slide the button along the line and start there to learn how to do the cast on, then watch to the end, and click at the beginning to follow through to the end of the video. Heartfelt apologies on this!!!!!


  10. Diana Park

    Hi Noreen, I have a basic question about your Weaving on a Potholder Loom video on YouTube. How do you double the strands of yarn before you start weaving? Do you unravel the the ball of yarn and double the whole thing, then re roll it into a ball? Thank-you


  11. Jeanne Molamphy

    LOVE your vest video… Would love to know how to make it in an extra large for a big lady??? Can you help me?


    • Hi Jeanne
      Make the vest in 2 pieces (2 triangles of whatever size you choose) that you will stitch together up the center back. Put one armhole in each triangle, and the vest can be as generous in proportion as you like. Happy weaving!


  12. Jeanne Molamphy

    Okay… Now I am at a total loss! Are you ever going to do a video on how to do this??? I cannot fathom how to do the Leno lace on the back if I am making 2 triangles to fit a large lady. If you had a video or written pattern with detailed pictures, I would love to purchase it from you. I am a visual person teaching myself how to do these things. I really appreciate your help!!


  13. Jeanne Molamphy

    Thank you. I do hope that you can find time to do a video in the future. I understand how to do the Leno Lace, I am just confused on where to put the arm holes and lace when you have to make 2 pieces and put them together. I have been trying to draw it out, but can’t seem to wrap my mind around how to do it.


  14. I can’t make any promises as to when I will be able to get to it- I have a very full schedule and much work to do. But, I will add it to my ‘try to fit it in’ list.


  15. Jeanne Molamphy

    Thank you!!!!! You are more than a blessing and don’t even know it 🙂

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