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How to Upcycle Cloth Tea Bags into Teabag Yarn

Ahhh, tea!  One of life’s great pleasures!

Some teas come in cloth tea bags that can’t be composted, so instead of throwing them in the garbage,

here’s a great way to upcycle the bags into yarn that you can weave with (or knit or crochet).

I’ve made a video about how to cut the cloth tea bags into fabric yarn-

What can you do with upcycled tea bag yarn?

Weave with it as if it’s regular yarn… for instance, here are a Star , a Dragonfly and Heart woven on pin looms that I designed for Dewberry Ridge Looms

Or: Make upcycled brooches- here’s a video showing how:

More videos  about weaving with teabag yarn –

How to Weave Using Upcycled Teabag Yarn 2 Nails at a Time on Pin Looms:

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Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam Wooden Dolls

I have loved wooden dolls all my life and have made many, many of them throughout my life.

More than 20 years ago, I began a series of flat wooden dolls that I called: ‘Merrie Sunshine’.

I’ve worked with Merrie Sunshine off and on for all these years, but until the pandemic unfolded, it didn’t occur to me to make a mermaid sister for Merrie Sunshine.

I’ve been working on larger articulated wooden mermaids and it was these dolls that brought Merrie Sunshine to mind,

and then inspired me to give Merrie Sunshine a mermaid sister.

Here are Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam with my most recent wooden mermaid (the inspiration for all this)

I asked Donna and Gary McFarland of Dewberry Ridge Looms if they would be interested in making

unpainted, unfinished Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam dolls that people would then be able

to make uniquely their own.

They said that they would, and so here are what the dolls look like fresh out of the envelope from Donna and Gary:

MERRIE SUNSHINE: LINK TO ORDER from Dewberry Ridge Looms

and

MINNIE MOONBEAM MERMAID: LINK TO ORDER from Dewberry Ridge Looms 

I have made 4 videos that show how to paint or color or decoupage the dolls to make them uniquely your own and how to stitch the dolls together

LINKS TO “HOW TO ASSEMBLE AND EMBELLISH MERRIE SUNSHINE AND MINNIE MOONBEAM DOLLS’

PART 1- How to’s for the Face, Hair and all kinds of things:

 

PART 2- More Embellishing 

 

PART 3- How to use Washi tape and origami paper to dress the dolls:

 

PART 4- How to stitch the dolls together:

Here’s a little inspiration for the Merrie Sunshine Dolls”

and a glimpse of how I have embellished some Minnie Moonbeam Mermaid dolls:

And, dolls need clothes, right?

So, I have designed an eBook of CROCHETED DOLL clothes for Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam

Available in my etsy shop- LINK

AND  a book of KNITTED DOLL CLOTHES for Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam

Available  in my etsy shop at LINK

AND a book of Doll Clothes WOVEN ON THE 2 INCH PIN LOOM

Available  in my etsy shop  LINK

 

Here is the link to the  facebook group for the Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam dolls  LINK  🙂

How to make Tutus for Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam:

 

How to make shawls and other wraps for Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam:

Watch this page for more links to fun things for Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam.  😀

I hope that Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam will bring you as much joy as they have brought me! ❤

 

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How to Weave on the Bias on the Pro Size and Mighty Big Mamma Potholder Looms

I have been enjoying weaving kitchen cloths on the Pro Size and Mighty Big Mamma potholder looms with old crochet cotton odds and ends that I have bought at Thrift Shops over the years.

The fabric that weaves up from the upcycled crochet cotton is lovely.

I decided to experiment with bias weave for the kitchen cloths (save those precious trees and use cloths instead of paper towels- yay!) and I love how it has turned out.

Here’s a link to the video showing how to weave bias on the Pro size and Mighty Big Mamma potholder looms- it’s really fun to weave, and the cloths are great.

 

If you’d like me to make a pattern for the woven Albert Einstein please let me know 🙂

Happy Weaving!

Be safe and stay well!

LINKS:  Potholder looms from Dewberry Ridge Looms

How to carve a weaving hook from a chopstick 

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Woven Window Hearts

One of the lovely things that people are doing during the pandemic is to hang hearts in the window to cheer up passers by.

This video shows some of the window hearts that I have woven on the 6 inch heart loom that I designed and Dewberry Ridge Looms makes.

The woven window hearts are a great way to use upcycled t-shirt yarn, fabric strips made from torn up worn out household linens or outgrown clothing or bulky yarn or roving or 6 inch potholder loom loops.

I embellished some of the hearts with little dolls that I made from my Rosie Recycle eBook: LINK

The looms are available from LINK

Wishing you all the best- stay well, stay at home if you can, and weave some love into your community!

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The Mighty Big Mamma Potholder loom- yay!

I am so delighted to introduce a wonderful, yummy new potholder loom:

The Mighty Big Mamma Potholder Loom  🙂

She’s a 36 nail potholder loom that weaves a 12 inch square.

The Mighty Big Mamma Potholder Loom is in response to people asking for a bigger potholder loom than the pro size (27 nail loom).

I thought long and hard about what would make the Mighty Big Mama a sweetheart of a loom to weave on, and Gary McFarland of Dewberry Ridge looms has put everything that I asked for into the making of her.

There are some tricks to weaving with the Mighty Big Mamma, so I am making a series of videos about her,.

The first video shows  how to weave tabby (plain weave) in the ‘4 Square’ pattern with the help of a very pleasing shed stick.

Here’s the first video:

I love this loom!

Happy Weaving!

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New how to pdf for Star Loom instructions

 

I have completely re-done the how-to instructional pdf for the Star Loom that I designed and Dewberry Ridge Looms makes and sells.  LINK

You can contact Donna McFarland if you would like the snazzy new pdf.

Or, if you send me a pic of you with your Star Loom as a pm, and your email, I can send you a copy of the pdf.

Why would I want a pic of you and your loom… well… I don’t have anything to do with the making and selling of the looms and I have no access to records about who bought them, so if you show me a pic of it with and you holding it, then I know that it’s a legit request :o)

I’ll delete the photo as soon as I send the pdf- I don’t have room on my computer to save extra pics!

One other thing- the new PDF is expanded, and is 13 pages.

I figured that since it was so big that there wasn’t enough space to re-do the wire star instructions.

Besides, so many people went: Blech to the thought of weaving with wire that I figured that there was no point in spending more days (it took me 2 days and one long evening to make this new pdf) making a pdf for something that people don’t want.

Anyhow, I hope that the new instructions will make everyone happy happy with their Star Looms!

Happy Weaving,
Noreen

 

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Wearing my heart on my sleeve- 4 and 6 inch Heart Looms

I am so pleased!   I’ve been working with Donna and Gary McFarland of Dewberry Ridge Looms to create some absolutely lovely new Heart Looms.

They are 4 inches and 6 inches and have a wider sett than the tiny 2 inch looms.

This means that you can weave thicker yarns, roving, fabric strips, t shirt yarn on them. Lots of eco-friendly options!

And on the 6 inch Heart loom, you can even weave potholder loops, too.

One of the first things that I did with them was to mend my much loved, and very well worn woven jacket by stitching and felting one of the hearts to repair a frayed section on the sleeve.

Here are the links to buy the looms:

https://www.dewberryridge.com/products/lil-weaver-heart-loom-6

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Teneriffe Lace Bookmark

Oops! I have been so busy that I totally forgot to make a post here on my blog about the Teneriffe Lace Bookmark.

Yup…. it’s been crazy busy here…. whew….. I’m working on one book, while doing revisions on another, researching the next one,  writing and designing the techniques and projects for new looms that I have designed, as well as all kinds of family stuff…. yup…. busy!

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Teneriffe Lace Bee- Teneriffe Lace Weave Along

I LOVE this Bee 🙂

She’s a combination of Teneriffe Lace and tapestry weaving.

She was woven on the Triangle shaped Teneriffe Lace loom that I designed and Dewberry Ridge Looms makes.

The looms can be ordered from:  LINK

Here’s the video:

The links for all the installments in the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along are at:  LINK

Happy weaving!  Happy Lace Making!

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Teneriffe Lace Weave Along- Teneriffe Lace Flower

The Teneriffe Lace Flower is very easy to make.

Here’s the video:

Here’s the link to all the installments of the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along: LINK

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