Category Archives: lace making

Bedelia the Mermaid and where she came from

Once upon a time, there was a very, very old wooden bed frame.

It was so old that parts of it broke, and so it was taken apart and about to be thrown in the trash, when someone thought… wait… we know someone who makes things come to life again….

They gave the broken old bed frame to my son, who offered a piece of it to me:

It was very heavy old wood, which soon revealed itself to be exceedingly HARD… and I mean H.A.R.D wood!

I cut out 2 little mermaids from the former bed frame, wiggling around to try to deal with long notches, deep channels and bored out holes that large screws had once lived in.

I sanded the varnish off one set of mermaid blanks, and then remembered to take a picture of the ‘under construction’ stage… some of those scraps of wood are not useable for carving because they have hardware embedded.

Oh my word!  Carving the old hardwood was incredibly challenging, and there were a couple of nights when I was carving until the wee small hours.

I was so happy to finish carving Bedelia, but the incredible hardness and knife dulling properties of the wood made it oh so NOT fun to carve.

So, I am conducting an experiment:

Bedelia’s sister had a long lovely soak, which I hope will make the wood more carving friendly.

And now, oh, poor little mermaid!

She’s in the freezer, waiting for me to have enough time to carve her!

My fingers are crossed that I haven’t destroyed the wood with the soaking and the freezing,

and that I will be able to release the latent mermaid from her cryogenic state soon and more easily than Bedelia!

The next stage of bringing Bedelia to life was to burn and paint her Mermaid scales:

And then assemble her, making all her joints function:

Bedelia wanted to have some Mermaidly fun, so she went for a swim:

Which was a lot of fun, but very tiring, so she came back and relaxed in the studio.

Tottie Tomato went and made Bedelia a lovely cup of tea.

But she was still cold from the wild waves, so I went rummaging through the box of threads that I inherited from my Mother.

And crocheted a lace shawl for Bedelia.

She’s very happy and is looking forward to meeting all the other dolls in the studio.

She is  hopeful that I will get to carving her poor icy sister, very soon!

I hope so, too… but the studio has been a busy place lately, the icy mermaid will have to fit in with the other magic that is being stirred up!

I am so pleased to now be part of a lovely blogging group: Scrap Happy,  that was begun 6 years ago by Kate Chiconi and her friend, Gun, in Sweden.

The Scrap Happy bloggers all post once a month on the 15th about the wonderful things that they are creating from scraps of this and that, and none of it new….

please check out their blog posts, too.   😀

Kate Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, NancyDawn 2, Noreen,
Bear and Carol

21 Comments

Filed under carving wood, doll & dolls & dollmaking & doll making, eco crafts & green projects, lace making, mermaid, Tottie Tomato Loves, Uncategorized, upcycling, wooden dolls, woodwork

Elise was a Piano Once Upon a Time

This is a true story.

This is the story of how a tiny doll and her special hedgehog friend came to live in my studio….

Long, long ago, there was a seed, well several seeds, really.

They grew up and became majestic trees.

They sang the song of the wind and the sun and the moon and the rain and the stars for probably hundreds of years.

And, then they were cut down.

They became a piano.

And the piano sang  songs of love, and sadness and grief and joy.

Eventually, the piano wore out.  Completely.

The piano tuner shook his head sadly and declared it to be done.

But he had a friend who made things with wood, so he offered some of the wood from the piano to his friend.

His friend happily accepted the wood from the sad and gone piano, and because he is a generous and kind person,

he offered some pieces of the wood to his Mum.

That’s me.

I was sure I could feel a very, very tiny doll singing little tiny songs inside the wooden scrap….

I cut a little bit of the piano wood and loved how it felt in my hands….

I cut out rough shapes that would be just the right size to carve my favorite size of doll- 2 and a half inches tall.

I carved:

and carved:

and carved and carved and carved some more.

While I was carving, I asked her what her name is,

and she declared: “Elise, of course!”

She said that even though she preferred playing Mozart when she was a piano,

that she had always loved it when her family played ‘Fur Elise’.

(An interesting thing happened when I told my daughter about tiny Elise-

she knew, even before I said Elise’s name that that was the name of this tiny, but

determined little wooden person!)

Elise let me know that she wanted old fashioned boots

and cream colored stockings and camisole

and that lovely amber color from the shellac for her hair.

She also told me that she wanted me to tat her dress,

and while I was at it, to make the tatting shuttle that I would use

to tat her dress.

And, to make the tatting shuttle a hedgehog, and

to use the bit of wood that was around the lock that used to keep the piano closed.

Elise  helped me to figure out how to get the lock out of the wood….

She insisted that the lovely round brass keyhole had to become part of her tatting shuttle.

Elise chose some old tatting cotton that I had been given

(from the estate of the friend of a friend who didn’t know what to do with it)

Elise and I started freeform tatting her dress.

Sometimes, it didn’t go well.  sigh.

Tatting is the pits to try and unpick, so scissors were the best option:

Elise got a little annoyed at times with all the trying on and taking off of the dress,

but I reminded her that she was the one who demanded it be tatted-

crochet would have been infinitely faster!

She fell on her face and refused to co-operate for awhile, but eventually,

calmed down and we got on with the tatting:

Eventually, Elise’s dress was done.

It’s a bit cattywombus but Elise has forgiven me for that.

She understands that freeforming when making a tatted dress can mean that things are slightly ‘unique’.

Elise is looking forward to having adventures with the other wooden dolls in the studio.

She has placed a few requests for things that she would like to have, thank you very much.

Elise may look young, but you must remember, that she’s a doll with a long, long story!

(and has more to tell, but that is for another day and until then, she and her hedgehog friend will enjoy life in the studio).

 

I have joined a group of wonderful bloggers from all over the world – The Scrap Happy Bloggers- who work with upcycled materials and post once a month.

Here are the links to all their blogs: Do check them out 🙂

Kate Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2 and Noreen

17 Comments

Filed under carving wood, doll & dolls & dollmaking & doll making, eco crafts & green projects, lace making, Story Door Dolls by Noreen Crone-Findlay, tatting, upcycling, wooden dolls, woodwork

More Video Glimpses into Innovative Weaving on the Frame Loom book

In the previous post, I shared a video about the clothing in ‘Innovative Weaving on the Frame Loom’, my newest book.

Here are 2 more little videos that show glimpses of the projects in the book:

And,

And, this video tells the true and poignant story behind the apple tree twig handles on one of the knotted lace market bags:

‘Innovative Weaving on the Frame Loom’ is available from all the online book seller websites, and you can order it from your local bookshop.

It’s available worldwide.

Happy Weaving! ❤

2 Comments

Filed under book review/book/books, frame loom weaving, lace making, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, weaving & handwoven

Two Circular Tapestries by Noreen Crone-Findlay

I am working on a series of circular tapestries that are contemplations on the nature of healing, imagination, dreams, stories and the power of community.

These two tapestries: ‘Each Flower Has a Memory’

 

and ‘Mermaid Circle of Imagination and Hope’

were woven on many different looms, including peg looms, weaving sticks and a variety of pin looms.

There’s also quite a lot of tatting included because of the soothing nature of lace making.

The tapestries are each 28 inches in diameter (70 cm).

Here’s a little video that shows the new tapestries:

Leave a comment

Filed under lace making, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, mermaid, Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa looms, Peg and Stick Loom weaving, peg looms and weaving sticks, pin loom, tapestry, Three Sisters Looms, Thumbelina Loom, Woven Women tapestries and woven works

Potholder Loom Techniques- The Lower Left Hand Corner and a gift

Yesterday, I was so touched to receive a lovely package in the mail.

In the package, there were 2 vintage/antique Teneriffe Lace looms (Polka looms) and books and several other treasures.

It’s a lovely gift! Thank you so much Camilla!

In the package there was also a lovely letter thanking me for all my hard work.

Also, there was a question about the lower left hand corner of the weaving on the Potholder Loom.    I think that this corner of the weaving may be problematic for people, so I am glad that she asked about it.

So, here’s the video explaining the long loop, and at the end of the video, there is a small glimpse at all the treasures in the package.  I am so grateful for this unexpected act of kindness.  Wow….

PS:  There are also a few of the wooden dolls that I love to carve. I couldn’t resist including them in the video 😀

Leave a comment

Filed under lace making, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, potholder loom, Teneriffe lace, tutorial & how to, video tutorial, weaving & handwoven

Follow the Thread Mixed Media Weaving- Terpsichore

The last couple of years have been really intense as I have been working night and day on two new books as well as new tapestries and woven works.

One of the books is now up online available for pre-order (I’ll post links asap) and one of the series of tapestries is now in the gallery (Harcourt House Gallery in Edmonton), awaiting the opening on October 18.

This piece is from my ‘Follow the Thread’ series of mixed media weavings:” Terpsichore- Carmen’s Birds”.

Terpsichore is the muse of the dance.

This piece is definitely influenced by my husband, Jim Findlay‘s commitment to playing flamenco.

I was having trouble resolving the piece, because I knew that she needed something to lift her to completion.

Then, my friend, Carma, who sings and dances with Jim and Susan and Barb in Corazone del Flamenco gave me a beautiful little black necklace with tiny birds, and Voila! Done! The birds were exactly what Terpsichore was needing (demanding!)

She’s at the #HarcourtHouseGallery in Edmonton until November 23.

I’ll post more pics of pieces from ‘Follow the Thread’ soon.

#YEG #YEGflamenco #YEGart #YEGweaving #YEGtapestry

1 Comment

Filed under band loom, lace making, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, tapestry, weaving & handwoven, Woven Women tapestries and woven works

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!

3 Comments

Filed under Dewberry Ridge looms, gifts & easy to make gifts & presents, lace making, Teneriffe lace, tutorial & how to, video tutorial, weave along

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!

3 Comments

Filed under Dewberry Ridge looms, lace making, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, Teneriffe lace, tutorial & how to, video tutorial, weave along, weaving & handwoven

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

3 Comments

Filed under Dewberry Ridge looms, lace making, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, Teneriffe lace, tutorial & how to, video tutorial

Teneriffe Lace Weave Along- How to Add Color to Teneriffe Lace

This episode of the Teneriffe Lace Weave along is all about color.

In this video, I share some ways that allow you to add color to your Teneriffe Lace.

 

All of the links for the complete Teneriffe Lace Weave Along are at:  LINK

3 Comments

Filed under lace making, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, Teneriffe lace, tutorial & how to, video tutorial, weave along