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Hearts and Flowers Large Teneriffe Lace Loom

All through the Covid pandemic, I have been working on designing and fine tuning a large new Teneriffe Lace loom that is my response to the situation that we are all in.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is hearts-and-flowers-teneriffe-lace-large-loom-videos-1.jpg

I wanted to create a loom that would be a way of celebrating love, compassion, kindness, resiliency, hope and friendship. The image that came up for me was of hearts and flowers.

So, I have designed a large Teneriffe Lace loom that is meant to be woven on with thicker yarns or threads than ‘normal’ and to be much larger than ‘normal’.

Here’s a video introduction to the loom.  NOTE: The list of the ‘how to’  videos is further down this post.

At the beginning of March 2020, a very kind lady sent me a pair of ‘Polka’ Teneriffe looms to say thank you for all the hard work that I put into writing the ‘Potholder Loom Weaving’ book.

I was delighted with them- but didn’t like the way the foundation strand was put onto them.

So, I figured out a different way of continuously chaining on the foundation chain.

I also figured out a way of warping the loom continuously, and then had to work out the logistics of weaving the heart and flower motifs, and, also, how to get the motifs off the loom in a workable way.

I wove hundreds of samples and made dozens of variations on the looms.

Lots of them became firewood 🙂

BUT eventually I arrived at the configuration that I love.

Gary McFarland is the mastermind behind the CNC machine at Dewberry Ridge Looms and he has added his finesse to the final version of the loom.

The link to buy the loom is:

https://www.dewberryridge.com/products/hearts-and-flowers-large-teneriffe-lace-loom

I have made 4 videos that show the complete how to’s for how to weave the Hearts and Flowers motifs.

They are:

1- How to put the foundation chain onto the loom.

 

2- How to warp the Hearts and Flowers Large Teneriffe Lace Loom.

 

3- How to weave the Heart motif on the Hearts and Flowers Large Teneriffe Lace Loom.

 

4- How to weave the Flower motif on the Hearts and Flowers Large Teneriffe Lace Loom.

 

I hope that the Hearts and Flowers Large Teneriffe Lace Loom will bring happiness! ❤

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Tiny Woven Snowmen are so much fun

One of my most favorite things to do at Christmas time is to make ‘the ornament of the year’ to give to family and friends. I usually end up making a LOT of them and it’s totally delightful.

This year, I have been weaving up a ton of tiny Snowmen- I designed them last year and made a video so other people can make them too.

Here’s the link to the ‘how to’ video:

https://youtu.be/a-9cfTzd4QI

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Quick and Easy Clip On Pouches to Weave on Potholder Looms

Our small dog inspired me to weave a clip on pouch to carry hand sanitizer.

She picked up a chicken bone when we were walking and I had to stick my fingers in her mouth to get it out.

Oh, so in need of getting my hand cleaned off quickly!

I decided that NOT having to stick a messy hand in my pocket was a great idea, so I came up with clip on pouches to carry hand sanitizer.

Then, I wove up a stack of potholder squares to play with different ways of exploring color and texture and also different kinds of hanging loops.

I also figured out different ways of connecting clips, toggles and clamps.

This is a quick and easy project and would make a great gift!

Here’s the how to video:

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How to Make a Tutu for Dolls Using Upcycled Cloth Tea Bags

For links to video on how to upcycle cloth tea bags into Teabag Yarn, and how to weave triangles with it,  please go to: LINK

I love finding fun and unique ways to upcycle things, and so I have had so much fun turning cloth tea bags into yarn and weaving with it, to make tutus for the Merrie Sunshine and Mermaid Minnie Moonbeam dolls.

For the main page about Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam dolls, please go to: LINK

Here is the video that shows how to make the Upcycled Tea Bag Tutu:

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How to Videos for Weaving with the 2 Inch Pin Loom

One of my most favorite looms to weave on is the tiny 2 inch pin loom.

Here are a few videos that I have made, showing some fun techniques and projects for the 2 inch pin loom.

How to weave small rectangles on the 2 inch pin loom:

 

How to weave squares on the bias on the 2 inch pin loom:

 

How to weave triangles with the 2 inch pin loom:

 

How to make tiny Snowmen with woven 2 inch squares and triangles:

 

How to make jewelry from woven 2 inch pin loom squares:

 

The loom in the video is from Dewberry Ridge looms: LINK

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How to Weave Triangular Leaf and Petal Shapes on Pin Looms

I made this video and some others before all the grieving and conversation about needing to completely re-create the world as we have known it.

It felt to me that it was important to just be quiet and listen and learn and contemplate and donate and try and figure out how to move forward, so I didn’t post any videos for awhile.

I am convinced that it is essential to keep creating beauty, and so I am offering my videos again.

This one is about a process that delighted me- I figured out a way of making woven leaves and petals so I could make lovely woven flowers for some tapestries that I have been working on.

I hope that my work can be a source of inspiration and spark imagination as we all come together to build a world based on love, compassion and kindness.

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An Old Gnome got a new coat of paint and a view of my studio

Many years ago, I bought a vintage gnome at a garage sale.

Rather liked that he had weathered off all his paint, and yet was still steadfastly all in one piece.

Last month, when I was weaving hearts for the window, I decided to add gnomes to the window, and the old fellow didn’t look cheerful enough to add to the gaity.

So I painted him:

It struck me as being odd that he didn’t have a mustache, so I added one, using my much loved old ‘Gnomes’ book as a guide.

I tried to add the Bunny to the window, but he’s too big and floppy, so he’s sitting in a corner of the studio instead.

I designed him many years ago for Canadian Living magazine.

Here’s a link to the pattern for him and his sweetheart: KNITTED BUNNIES

And, then, I took pics of some of the other things in that corner of the studio.

Including a little video:

And then I totally forgot to blog about Gnomes and Bunnies and looms.

It’s a crazy time.

Hope you are well ❤

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How to Make a Simple Mermaid Doll with Yarn

Mermaids are a beautiful metaphor for staying afloat, no matter how hard the waves may crash upon the rocks.

This video tutorial shows how I took the idea of Yarn Baby (Tassle) dolls and created Mermaids with a little bit of yarn, a whole lot of love and a little bit of head scratching.

Oh, yes, also a few sneezes are included with love from our aged rescued Chihuahua mystery mix dear old dog who seems to respond to the making of video by coming into the studio and sneezing loudly whenever the video camera is turned on. Why? Who knows?

Anyhow, I hope that you will enjoy making Yarn Dolly Mermaids!

Here’s the video tutorial:

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A Yarn Baby Doll that Hugs Your Finger

Today, I figured out how to make a Yarn Baby (Yarn Tassel Doll) that hugs your finger like the Comfort Bears.

We all need a little extra comfort these days, so having a small yarn doll in your pocket to give you a hug when ever you need it is a good idea!

Take good care of yourselves!

Here’s the how to video

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How to Fold and Origami Box

 

I have been folding little Origami boxes to help me organize the Comfort Bears as I weave them.

People have asked me for instructions on how to make the Origami boxes, so here’s a video tutorial on how to fold them:

Happy Folding!

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