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Needle book woven on the Thumbelina loom

Many of our friends are in the process of selling and buying houses, and moving to new homes.

We’re holding them in our hearts and wishing them the most joyful time in their new ‘Home Sweet Home’.

So, it’s natural that my tapestry diary would be about home sweet home.

I had an ‘aha’ moment when it struck me that using the ‘Home Sweet Home’ tapestry diary piece as the front cover of a needle book would be a fun thing to do.

What’s a needle book?  It’s a way of storing and carrying your craft and sewing needles so they don’t get lost in a project bag or box or disappear inside a  pincushion.

So…. tahdah!

A ‘Home Sweet Home’ needle book woven on the Thumbelina loom…

Thumbelina Needle book 8 (c)

In order to weave the spine of the needlebook, you need to be able to weave a narrow rectangle on the Thumbelina,

so, I made a video on how to make the Thumbelina Needle book.

And, the video shows how to weave the narrow band:

Thumbelina Needle book 8 a (c)

Here’s the needle book open:

Thumbelina Needle book 9 (c)

Here’s the video:

 

By the way, you don’t have to weave a little tapestry for the cover of the needle book…. plain is fine, too!

Happy weaving!

 

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Thumbelina Loom Oh! Love! Love! Love!

I am in love.   Well, actually, I am in a lot of loves- with my husband, our kids, our grandson, our dogs, our beloved friends, our community…..

But, this ~new~ love  is serious ❤  loom love ❤ ,  like hashtagging #loomlove 😀  and ❤

Here she is:  The tiny, wee loom that has been the center of my attention for months now:  Thumbelina!

Thumbelina Loom happiness

Thumbelina Loom happiness

Thumbelina is very small, but she does all manner of wonderful things.

She weaves darling little arch shapes that are about an inch and a half wide and  2 1/2 inches long:

Thumbelina basic Arch shape

Thumbelina basic Arch shape

Thumbelina works like a lucet and a flat knitter so that you can create delightful things like little Sheep:

Baaaaaaa!

Baaaaaaa!

Must weave ALL the sheep!

Must weave ALL the sheep!

and Amulet bags and clip on pouches for tiny treasures:

Amulet bag with necklace cord, Click on pouch with lobster claw fitting to clip to keychains, purse, pocket etc.

Amulet bag with necklace cord, Click on pouch with lobster claw fitting to clip to keychains, purse, pocket etc.

And, woven flowers, to wear, and applique and and and….

Thumbelina loom woven flower

Thumbelina loom woven flower

AND: Darling little finger puppets and dolls. 

Tiny Thumbelina Finger Puppet cuddles an even tinier wooden doll carved by Noreen Crone-Findlay

Tiny Thumbelina Finger Puppet cuddles an even tinier wooden doll carved by Noreen Crone-Findlay

All of these treasures have their “how to make instructions” included with the loom.

This is the video that shows how to make the mini  Bunting or mini Banner with the Thumbelina loom:

 

To order the Thumbelina Loom, please go to: 

https://www.dewberryridge.com/products/thumbelina-lil-weaver

Thumbelina Li'l Weaver

And, now,  I am happily going to ignore the huge backlog of work that needs me to get to it.

Instead, I am going to play with Thumbelina!

Happy Weaving!!!

 

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Two of my hand carved Story Door Dolls for sale

I am selling two of my hand carved ‘Story Door’ dolls.

They are each 6 inches tall.

They are fully articulated and stand independently without doll stands, although they are known to play dominoes with other dolls and all fall down without giving notice.

Each of them comes with her hand woven dress and a hand woven shawl.

They are $150.00 each plus postage.

This is The Arbutus/Madrona Tree Story Door Doll:
Her head is tilted up so when she looks up at you quite winsomely.

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This is the Birch Tree Story Door Doll:

 

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If you would like to adopt either of these Story Door Dolls, hand carved by me, with their handwoven (also by me) please drop me a note.
:o)
Noreen

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Itty Bitty Hitty’s great adventure- 2

Itty Bitty Hitty vanished through the Story Door  on a magical small Tall Ship,

leaving Coco and the other Story Door Dolls to worry and fret.  See LINK

She amazed Coco by coming home safe and sound, with a new friend, Lettie.

Lettie Bunny apparently rescued Itty on her great adventure!

Coco and Lettie sat down to listen to Itty’s story.

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As soon as the Story Door shut behind Itty and the tiny Tall Ship,  they whirled away through clouds and fog.

Itty was sure that the fog went on forever, and when she had finally given up hope,

Itty heard a rumbling roar!

The fog cleared, and there was a huge fiery Dragon!

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Itty was terrified!

Luckily, a mighty Wizard strode out of the mists and sent the Dragon packing:

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The Wizard tossed a small fireball that sent the Tiny Tall Ship soaring to a peaceful

garden in front of a very appealing door:

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Itty knocked and knocked on the door, but no one answered.

Sadly, Itty sailed on until she came to another lovely garden,

where a beautiful Lady of the Earth was sleeping.

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Itty whispered to her, hoping to wake her up just a little, without really disturbing her.

She leaned over the Lady of the Green Places and whispered again….

still, no answer…

Itty leaned sooooooooooo far out of the rigging of the Tiny Tall Ship that she tumbled

out and down,

down,

down….

until she landed

upside down, with a serious thump….

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She thought about things for a moment and decided that a bucket might be a

better place to be than a Tiny Tall Ship that didn’t pay much attention to where

she wanted to be…..

‘Um?’, she mumbled.

There was no response.

‘Hello?’.

A bee bumbled by to investigate.

‘HALLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO?’

‘Um and Hello to you, too, Little One!’, a soft, not-about- to-eat-or-sail-unexpectedly-away voice came close to the bucket.

‘And,  what, might I ask, are you doing in my bucket, Little One?’

‘Standing on my head’.

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‘Ah, yes…. well, let’s set that to rights…. my name is Lettice Bunny, but you can call me, Lettie’.

And, then, Itty burst into tears…..

‘I want to go home!’

‘Which is where?’

‘In the studio where the Story Door is!’

‘Well, that’s easily done! I was born in the studio by the Story Door!’

‘REALLY?????’

‘Yes, Little One, perhaps you were busy while all the carving was happening, come on now, just close your eyes….

The Story Door is just a small wish away…..’.

And! Then! Lettie and Itty were right there at the Story Door, and couldn’t be happier about it!

The funny thing about Itty’s great adventure was that it all seemed to happen at the Muttart Conservatory….

and Jim and I were right there!

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You would think we would have noticed a tiny flying ship with wee Itty Bitty Hitty on it, wouldn’t you?

🙂

 

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Itty Bitty Hitty’s great adventure- 1

Itty Bitty Hitty got carried away through the Story Door by a mischievious Tall Ship: See Here for details: LINK

Poor Coco sat and sat in front of the Story Door, waiting and waiting and hoping

for Itty Bitty Hitty to come home again.

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She was sure that Tottie Tomato would find Itty and send that pesky Tall Ship on it’s way.

After a long time… it felt like forever-

Coco heard a sound coming from the other side of the Story Door.

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But when a lady Bunny came through the door, carrying Itty in a bucket,

Coco fell over in shock!

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Itty explained to Coco that everything was just fine- more than fine, really!

She introduced her new friend, Lettie, and they sat down together

so Itty Bitty Hitty could tell Coco all about her Great Adventure and how

Lettie Bunny came to her rescue!

More to follow…..

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Itty Bitty Hitty and the Tall Ship

Miranda Mermaid was cold, so was very pleased to receive a new shawl woven just for her.

Her friends were all so busy admiring it….

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that they didn’t notice that Itty Bitty Hitty had climbed up

onto the tall ship that had lead Miranda to the Story Door.

Coco saw that it was starting to move away through the Story Door….

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Even though she shouted at Itty to jump, JUMP! off the tall ship….

it slipped away and the Story Door quietly, but oh so quickly,

closed!

The Story Door dolls raced off to find Tottie Tomato to see if she could help.

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Coco was so sad that she just laid down on the ground and cried and cried.

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Tottie Tomato cuddled Coco and promised that she would go  find Itty and bring her home again.

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Coco sniffed sadly and sat down to wait….

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and wait…..

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Miranda Mermaid joins the Story Door Dolls

Itty Bitty Hitty  was playing on the Story Door today.

She has discovered that the Lion’s Head door knocker is perfect for practicing acrobatics.

If she asks the Lion nicely, he is quite accommodating and will hold the ring ‘just so’.

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She heard a strange sound behind the story door, so she scampered back to the Wall Doll House, and asked Coco and Bessie if they would come investigate with her.

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Itty Bitty Hitty scrambled back up the door to the Lion’s head, to see if she could hear the odd sound again.

She was surprised when the Story Door creaked on it’s hinges and then, it opened, and a lovely lady appeared….

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Not just ~any~ lady!

A MERMAID!!!!

Bessie and Coco were so excited that they raced back to the Wall Doll House to see if anyone else would like to meet the beautiful mermaid.

 

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Coco and Itty Bitty Hitty introduced themselves, and so did Miranda.

 

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Hitty Tennie and Bessie Gnome brought some comfie couches from the Wall Doll House, as they were sure that there would be stories told at the Story Door.

Sure enough, just as everyone settled in to hear Miranda’s story, a little ship floated through the Story Door.

Miranda told her new friends that she had been frolicking in the waves.

Suddenly a the tiny ship sailed past her and zoomed towards something that looked like the opening to a cave.

It wasn’t a cave…. it was the ‘other side’ of the Story Door!

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Everyone ‘oooohed’ and ‘ahhhed’ at Miranda’s adventure…..

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Tottie Tomato popped by to meet Miranda and see the magical little sailing ship.

Tottie, Coco and Bessie were so enchanted by Miranda’s stories that they didn’t notice that….

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Itty Bitty Hitty had climbed up into the rigging of the tiny ship….

Only Kitty saw, but no one paid attention to her ‘miaows’.

Hopefully, Itty Bitty Hitty will get down off the mast before the tiny sailing ship sails away through the Story Door…..

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Fleur has a celebration

Fleur, a wooden doll that I carved many decades ago, had an uncomfortable situation arise during our move- her foot went awol and had it’s own adventures.

Luckily, it re-appeared and is now firmly re-attached to Fleur.

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Fleur was so happy to be re-united with her foot that she invited Tottie Tomato, Jane Austen, Albert Einstein and The Story Door Dolls all to come and sip a cup of tea with her.

There was one small problem….

Most of the teacups have mysteriously vanished from the Story Door Doll’s antique wicker suitcase.

Luckily, the guests were very gracious about being served tea in thimbles and assorted other vessels.

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Professor Einstein was very accommodating about sipping his tea from a brass goblet, although he had to wait rather a long time for it to cool, as it was somewhat uncomfortably hot.

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Jane Austen whispered to Tottie Tomato that she thought that the unusual nature of the teaparty was fun, but was rather glad that she didn’t bring along her silly sisters.  She also thought that Mr. Darcy would probably have not approved….

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Tennie did her best to help out by bringing along my favorite teacup earrings and a teacup crochet hook that I carved many years ago.

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The Cat, puppy and turtle were happy to share a dish of tea.

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Fleur gave everyone a few lessons on her tiny spool knitters, but then, she laid back to simply bask in the pleasure of the company of her friends.

The tea party was a success. Everyone agreed, even though the tea cups didn’t all make it to the party.

Perhaps they will be found in some unexpected place.

Moving. It is full of disruptions.

Thank heavens for dear friends!

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Fleur’s foot

Fleur did not make the move from our old house to the new one unscathed.

Fleur is a wooden lady of advanced years – I carved her more than 30 years ago, and she has some fragility about her nowadays.

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Tottie Tomato and the Story Door Dolls heard that Fleur and her foot had had a parting of the ways during the move, and so they were rather concerned.

They came by to offer their wishes for a successful re-attachment….

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Some glue, a little wrapping and a sincere apology on my part for packing her so badly, all seem to be helping.

Clover Bee, the Story Door Doll that is on the left hand side of the first picture also came to say farewell to Fleur, as she was about to head off to her new home just after Fleur’s fancy footwork.

Tottie Tomato and the Story Door Dolls didn’t stay long, as Fleur needed to rest and allow the glue to work it’s magic.

(We hope…..)

 

 

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Tottie Tomato settles into the new studio

Poor Tottie Tomato has been left sleeping in her antique wicker suitcase for the entire month since we moved to our new home.  That’s her suitcase behind her.

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I’ve been working so hard to set up our home and my studio, as well as working hard hard hard on the new book, that poor Tottie hasn’t seen the light of day.

But, it’s time to let little Ms Tomato settle into our new studio.

She likes it very much, even though it is waaaaaaaaay smaller than our old one.

She loves to help warp up the peg looms, which is good, as I am weaving and writing and photographing and and and … full steam ahead!

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It really feels like home, now that Tottie Tomato is out and about in the studio with me!

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