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Inktober – a little drawing every day – Day 5

Today, for my #inktober2016 little drawing, I decided to just use black ink with no colored inks.

But then, the tiniest bit of ink wash just needed to sneak in.

#inktober day 5 Noreen Crone-Findlay (c)

#inktober day 5 Noreen Crone-Findlay (c)

These tiny women really speak to me.

They are high on my list for being woven as miniature tapestries on my Thumbelina loom.

That’s good, as that’s the main reason for me to be doing this daily challenge.

I’m loving it.

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Inktober- A Little Drawing Every Day – Day 4

I am loving doing the Inktober challenge!

Here is my Day 4 of #Inktober2016- a love song to Owls

#inktober -Day 4 - Owl

#inktober -Day 4 – Owl

Still sketching with the thought in mind of weaving miniature tapestries on my Thumbelina Loom (who is weaving something that is not going to be a tapestry right now- more about that later….)

Still playing with Derwent Inktense blocks.

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Thumbelina Loom and Siobhan the Mermaid get out and about

Just over a week ago, my lovely husband and I went to a gorgeous symphony concert at Convocation Hall at the University in Edmonton AB.

siobhan-at-the-symphony-1

When I got home, I thought… hmmm…. I have friends who take their little carved wooden dolls on outings with them- and I haven’t been remembering to do that…..  (I carve little wooden dolls that I call my ‘Story Door Dolls’- they are inspired by Hitty Dolls.)

And, I also thought…. I am working on a bunch of new ideas for my Thumbelina loom, as well as doing the Inktober challenge (hopefully arriving at drawings that will work for tiny tapestries to be woven on Thumbelina)

So, it made sense to me to find a very small tin or box that my Thumbelina, some yarn, a little yarn snipper and a wooden doll would fit in so they could travel about with me.

The winner of the ‘Who gets to go with me on this weekend’s fun events’ was Siobhan, the tiny mermaid:

I carved her last year, and she does love a good adventure, but hasn’t gotten out much lately, so she’s pleased.

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Here’s Siobhan and Thumbelina in their little traveling tin.

(I would love to have a tiny suitcase that they could travel in!)

We were at the Edmonton Symphony orchestra Mozart concert this past weekend, and during a pre-concert lecture, I sneaked Thumbelina  and Siobhan out, and did a little bit of weaving.

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Siobhan wanted to take a peek at the orchestra when they started to file in and sit down:

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But she was quite alarmed by the noise of all the instruments tuning up, so she opted to dive back into the tin and listen to the concert (it was divine!) from the safety and comfort of her wooly little nest with her friend, Thumbelina.

Besides, it was time to turn my phone off, and bask in the glory of Mozart!

The next day, Siobhan was delighted that she and Thumbelina got to go out to lunch…

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She thought that that was just delightful!

But, now the other wooden dolls are feeling rather jealous that Siobhan had all the fun while they stayed home…

oh dear…. I guess I will have to remember to take them on adventures, too.

 

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Inktober – a little ink drawing every day – 3

When I decided that I would commit to the #inktober2016 challenge, I felt that I would find unexpected blessings in doing it.

And I have!

I decided that I would use it as an opportunity to generate ideas for miniature tapestries to weave on my tiny Thumbelina loom  LINK (click the link to see more of what I have done with the Thumbelina loom)

And, that has really sparked all kinds of inspiration for me 🙂  (I’ll be sharing more about that later)

Here is today’s Inktober drawing, and, yes, Thumbelina snuck into the picture, too….

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I’m still playing with my Derwent Inktense Blocks.  I think I may have to buy a larger set with more colors…. I love these ones, but would like more options….

This is a fun and inspiring challenge, and I recommend it if you feel the impulse to make your drawing practice a daily habit.

Some of the collateral blessings that I have experienced because of the challenge?

Well, challenges like this  create conversations that can lead to new discoveries, the sharing of information about favorite websites, materials, equipment and so much more.

I am enjoying these conversations and inspirations so much!

 

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Inktober- a little ink drawing every day- 1

The other day, my daughter posted on facebook that she was signing up for #inktober, sponsored by the Paint Spot

I have been working hard hard hard on a large commissioned tapestry and am also in the middle of developing new looms with Dewberry Ridge (thrilling!), so I have been totally absent from my blog.

#inktober feels like a good thing to do…. commit to paper with ink, with no erasing, just allowing whatever is ‘in there’, to land on the page.

I decided that I am going to do a daily drawing, using the arch shape of my Thumbelina loom, and see if any of my #inktober inklings need to become tiny tapestries.

Here’s today: #inktober 1:

#inktober 1 Noreen Crone-Findlay

#inktober 1 Noreen Crone-Findlay

I love ink blocks – these are Derwent water soluble ink blocks.

 

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How to weave a vest on the Triangle loom- Part 2

In my previous post, LINK, I showed how to set up the loom, warp and start the weaving.

I posted the list of materials and equipment that you need to weave a bias vest on the 7 foot triangle loom.

In this video, I show how to finish the weaving, including:

Tri Loom Vest Title Leno

Here is the second video:

Happy weaving!

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How to weave a vest on the Triangle Loom- Part 1

I love my triangle loom, and enjoy figuring out ways of working with it that stretch it’s creative possibilities.

Tri Loom Vest Title

Tri Loom Vest Title A

It struck me that I should be able to weave a vest on it if I warped  and wove it in an ‘alternative’ way.

And, I was right!

I call it: The Dragonfly Dreams vest.

Bias weave vest by Noreen Crone-Findlay

The vest is embellished with dragonflies and Thumbelina loom flowers, as well as woven hearts.

Because it’s bias weave, it drapes like a dream.

Tri Loom Vest back (c)

I did Leno lace on the back and wove ‘Tuxedo Tails’ at the lower back hem edge.

Patient Zillah, my cardboard mannequin has a bump on her back because of the stand she’s on, so there’s a slightly odd wonkiness showing, but that’s the stand, not the vest.

The back of the collar is open, as that makes the vest drape better.  (The opening is woven in.)

The pockets are woven on the potholder loom, and embellished with dragonflies  and flowers woven on the Thumbelina loom.  I also used a vintage Crazy Daisy flower loom to finish the flowers.

Tri Loom Vest Title sizes

Tri Loom Vest Titles 1a

WHAT IS NEEDED TO WEAVE THE BIAS VEST ON THE 7 FOOT TRIANGLE LOOM:

7 foot triangle loom (mine’s from Dewberry Ridge looms: LINK)

Potholder loom  (also from Dewberry Ridge Looms: LINK )

Thumbelina Loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms: LINK

Dragonfly Loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms: LINK

Heart loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms: LINK

Lucet from my etsy shop: LINK

Yarn:  I used worsted weight yarn, approximately 400 gms

Crochet hook, scissors, ruler, rubber bands, 2 stitch markers, long shoe laces,  shed sticks (I have a selection of narrow wooden shed sticks that I have made from unfinished wood. Unfinished wood is better as it sticks in place better than super slick varnished wood.  The longest one is about 42 inches long -slightly longer than a meter), dowels to use as shed sticks, tapestry needle, 2 clamps to secure the loom to the stand, 1 spring clamp, large binder clip, straight pins.

Very handy, but optional: Clamp on lights, a stool that has wheels on it.

Here is Video #1:

Part 2 is in the next post.

Happy weaving!

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Garden Shawl woven on Triangle loom

For a couple of months now, I have been working on a large project…

Garden Shawl  1 A(c)

I wove a shawl on my 7 foot Triangle loom from Dewberry Ridge looms:

Triangle loom notched neckline shawl (c)

And have been designing and weaving all manner of motifs on the Thumbelina, heart, dragonfly and 2 inch Wiz looms, to stitch to it:

Garden Shawl  1 (c)

I really don’t like gardening anymore, and would much rather be weaving…

Garden Shawl  1 B(c)

So, I have created a garden on a shawl…

Garden Shawl  1 C(c)

To wrap myself in Garden pleasures all year round.

Garden Shawl  1 D (c)

That’s a dragonfly shawl pin that I made.

All the links to the videos to weave all the motifs are here on my blog and on my youtube channel,

so if you would like to weave yourself a fantasy garden, too, you can!

Just click on the Thumbelina category and follow those, or simply click on the back arrow, and you can scroll backwards to find all the tutorials.

Here’s a video slide show of the shawl:

The looms are all built by Dewberry Ridge Looms LINK

 

I am now moving deeply into a commissioned tapestry, so I won’t be here quite as often as I have been in the last few weeks, but I will be back!

Blessings until then!

Happy Weaving!

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Thumbelina Loom – How to Weave a Hedgehog

The Hedgehog

Thumbelina Loom Hedgehog 2 (c)

is the last in the series of fanciful beings that I designed to be woven on the Thumbelina loom and appliqued to my Garden Shawl.
 

 

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Thumbelina Loom- How to weave a puppy dog motif

Our little dogs are always ‘commenting’ on life in almost every video tutorial that I make,

Thumbelina Loom Puppy flat 1 (c)

so it makes sense to weave a little puppy dog….

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