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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 Make Simple Doll Clothes from Woven Triangles

Here is a video tutorial about how to make sweet and simple doll clothes using triangles that are woven on small triangle or pin or potholder looms.

The video shows the doll clothes being modeled by the Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam Mermaid wooden dolls, but the clothes will fit other dolls that are around 8 inches/20 cm tall.

For more information about the Merrie Sunshine and Mermaid Minnie Moonbeam dolls, please go to L I N K

HERE ARE A WHOLE BUNCH OF VIDEOS ABOUT HOW TO WEAVE TRIANGLES ON SMALL LOOMS:

This video shows how to weave triangles on 2 inch pin looms, but the technique is the same on any size square pin loom:

Here are 2 videos that show how to weave a triangle on the Potholder loom using yarn:

and

and here is how to weave a triangle on small triangle looms:

 

And how to weave a triangle on a Weave-It style pin loom: Note that you will need to weave 2 triangles and stitch them together to make them large enough to make the doll clothes in the video:

 

Here’s how to weave a triangle on the Martha Stewart loom:

No matter what loom you weave your little triangles on, I hope that you will find delight in using them to make simple doll clothes!

Happy Weaving and Happy Doll Making! ❤

 

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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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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:

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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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Mermaids mermaids Noreen makes mermaids

One of the members of the Peg Loom weaving group on facebook just asked what people were weaving on their Peg looms, and my response was ‘Mermaids!’- which is a very normal response for me.

In fact, recently, a friend introduced me to her sister’s kids, saying- This is Noreen- she makes mermaids. Indeed I do!

I love to weave mermaids and to carve them in wood.

Here’s a video of a ‘swoop’ (I just made that up as a way of describing a group of mermaids) of new mermaids that I have woven up using a pattern that I designed for my etsy shop.

Here’s the link: to the pattern: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/91030975/pdf-pattern-for-mermaid-woven-on-the?ref=shop_home_active_1

The Peg Loom in the video is from: https://www.dewberryridge.com/products/peg-looms-1

A few years ago, I made a little video showing a different ‘Swoop’ of Mermaids. Here’s the link to that video:

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Teneriffe Lace Weave Along Mermaid

I love Mermaids, so of course, I had to design a Mermaid for the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along.

There are several ways to make her- you can use either triangles or dewdrop shapes for her fins and you can do the more tightly shaped lower body on the left or the wider body on the right.

If you don’t like the ‘Fairy Hair’ option, you can use the Dewdrop shape for her hair.

Here’s the video showing how to make the Teneriffe Lace Mermaid:

 

 

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Mermaids woven on peg looms and weaving sticks

I have always loved mermaids, and I am totally addicted to weaving mermaids these days.

I’ve  made a video showing how I used my Mermaid pattern on etsy to weave Mermaids of different sizes  on peg looms.

I took the original Mermaid that looked like this for the pattern:

And added a wooden face, leather hands, a little tatting, and a seashell:

She was woven on 1/4 inch diameter weaving sticks and is about 11 or 12 inches tall.

Also woven on the 1/4 inch diameter weaving sticks is this Mermaid, woven with hand spun art yarn and  needle felted:

 

The same etsy pattern can be used to make totally different mermaids by changing the size of pegs or weaving sticks used and different thicknesses of yarns.

I used the smallest pegs on my 6 inch peg loom to weave the smallest Mermaid, who’s about 7 or 8 inches tall.

She’s woven on the 1/8th inch pegs.

The Mermaid woven with the 3/8 inch pegs is about 20 inches tall:

I did some geometric pattern weaving in her body, but it’s a little hard to see in this pic.

I used 2 strands of a very bulky chenille yarn held together to weave the largest Mermaid, who is around 28 inches tall.

When I was weaving the different sizes, I did tweak the pattern somewhat to adjust for the differences in the size of the pegs and thickness of the yarns.

Here’s the link to the pattern in my etsy shop:  LINK
(sorry – it’s not free)
Happy weaving and happy Mermaiding!

The looms are from Dewberry Ridge Looms: LINK

 

My book: Peg Looms and Weaving Sticks is available from all your favorite online book sellers, and can be ordered through your local book store.  It’s full of weaving yes-ness!

Here’s the video about the Mermaid dolls:

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Blue Butterfly Mermaid Tapestry and how to weave tapestry on a triangle loom

When someone on facebook asked if it was possible to weave tapestry on triangle looms, I thought: ‘Great question!’

and then … ‘Of course it is!’

and then….’I have to try it to see if it really is!’

I had been mulling over weaving a new Mermaid tapestry for quite awhile, and had woven narrow bands on my Structo 4 harness loom as well as my rigid heddle box loom, to start.

I had a big ‘aha!’ about weaving the rest of the mermaid using my 14 inch triangle loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms.  LINK

Because there are a few things to know about weaving  tapestry on a triangle loom, I made a short video as part of the video about the Blue Butterfly Mermaid tapestry – it’s close to the end of the video.

I used  other looms to weave the other elements of the tapestry: a hexagon woven in copper wire on the Lily Speed o Weave Loom, narrow bands woven on the 4 harness vintage Structo loom, narrow bands woven on a rigid heddle box loom, 2 small triangles woven on the 7 inch Lil Weaver loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms and some tatting.

The hair is twisted cord made with a cord twister from Lacis.com.

The metallic threads used in the tapestry are from Kreinik. LINK

 

Here’s the video:

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