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A lovely Scandinavian weaving workshop

Last week I enjoyed a wonderful weave along and slide show workshop on the zoom platform from the Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts department at the University of Wisconsin.

https://folklife.wisc.edu

The presenter was Laura Demuth. She was a lovely presenter- gracious and so well informed!

I am still swooning about the beautiful textiles that she showed slides of…. Scandianvian weaving is glorious!

I was delighted that the workshop participants were sent a sweet little loom from Hello!Loom.

https://helloloom.com.

When mine arrived in the mail, the first thing I did was to weave a little dress for tiny Willow, a doll that I carved a few months ago.

I started weaving the lady with flowers tapestry during the presentation as Laura demonstrated common motifs used in Scandinavian weaving. I finished the tiny tapestry the next day.

It was a lovely event and my thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make it happen!

Here’s a link to the workshop:

Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures (CSUMC) YouTube channel: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxvpdWwWBIk&t=2398s

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How to Build a Folding Wooden Doll Chair

After I carved and wove 3 dolls that didn’t fit the doll furniture that I already had, (see Brown Paper Yarn Dolls) ,

I decided that I had to build them each a chair.

And so I built them each their own little chair with a seat woven on the Mirrix Saffron Loom, using instructions from my book: Innovative Weaving on the Frame Loom.

The Chairs are not in the book, but the weaving patterns are. See pages: 68, 50 and 45.

Here are the dimensions for the wooden parts of the chair:

The wooden pieces are all 1 cm thick and 2 cm wide.

Pieces A are 24 cm long (cut 2)

Pieces B are 20 cm long (cut 2)

Pieces C are 11 cm long (cut 2)

The Dowels are 1/4 inch in diameter:

A: Cut 2 that are 11 cm long

B: Cut 2 that are 9 cm long

C: Cut 1 that is 13 cm long

The Seat: Weave a piece of fabric that is 20 cm long by 7 cm wide and stitch through the end of the warp loops, over the top dowel of A and the front dowel of B.

The finished size of the chair is:

Height: 20 cm (8 inches)

From front to back: 18 cm (almost 7 inches)

Width: 13 cm at widest point (about 5 inches)

The dolls are very happy in their new chairs!

I have made a video, showing how to build the chairs- but please note that I forgot to show how I sew the weaving to the chair.

Oops.

I simply lifted the weaving off the loom and stitched through the warp loops with 2 strands of yarn, going over the dowel.

I hope that you will have fun making doll chairs for your dolls and teddy bears, too. ❤

Here’s the link:

Happy Chairmaking!

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A Dragon tapestry for my husband

My husband really likes the dragon that I designed for my ‘Innovative Frame Loom Weaving’ book.

He asked me to weave him a dragon tapestry for Christmas, so I did.

I went a bit overboard on the beads, but he likes it, so that’s okay.

He hung it on the beam between the kitchen and the dining room to be the Guardian of the Hearth.

I am so glad that he likes it.

Woven with love in every stitch.

And, yup, I designed and made the frame for it.

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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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Woven Needle Books instead of Pin Cushions

One of my favorite projects in my new book, Innovative Frame Loom Weaving, is an extremely useful tool.

It’s a woven Needle Book that holds sewing needles.

Pin cushions are good for pins, but needles can get buried in them too easily.

Needle books hold sewing, darning and other craft needles safely and handily.

This video shows variations on the Needle book that I designed for the frame loom, including ones woven on the potholder loom and Weave It style pin loom.

And, also, a relative asked for a brooch that she could stick pins and needles in while mending, so there’s one of those in the video, too!

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Wow… Innovative Weaving on the Frame Loom reviewed in Publishers Weekly

Oh my goodness! I am thrilled!

My editor just sent me a note of congratulations, saying that it is very special to be reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly….. wow…..

Here’s the link:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/9780811738729

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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! ❤

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Innovative Frame Loom Weaving book- Clothing

Here’s a peek at the clothing that you can weave using frame looms- all the instructions are in Innovative Frame Loom Weaving 🙂

The book is available worldwide on all the usual internet book sellers, and can also be ordered from your local bookshop.

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Box of Frame Loom Weaving books has arrived!

I am so thrilled to have received the box of my copies of my new book:

Innovative Weaving on the Frame Loom.

It’s such a delight to hold this book in my hands- what with the pandemic and all it’s awfulness, I didn’t know if it would actually make it out into the world.

Welcome to the world, book!

It’s available worldwide on online booksellers and can be ordered from local booksellers.

I’ll do some videos to show you what’s inside….

But first, a cup of tea is needed and a moment to savor the happiness of all the hard work bearing its fruit! 🙂

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