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Wooden Bunny Dolls and Crochet Hooks

As part of #the100dayproject challenge, I have been immersed in carving wooden dolls and following where that has lead me for my #100daysofcarvingwoodendolls.

I have been sharing images of wooden mermaid dolls that I have carved over the years, and also bunnies, too….

One little bunny doll, Sophia, sat on my carving desk for weeks and weeks without any arms and legs, and FINALLY, I put carving knife to wood and carved her chubby little arms and legs and I am totally delighted with her!

Sophia is VERY happy to be here in the studio and to be all done!

She then inspired me to carve her some bunny friends who were also inspired by the mermaids that I have been carving.

So, I have carved a trio of bunny mermaids from upcycled wood from a piano that fell apart and our friend the piano tuner rescued pieces of wood for us.

This is Jali and Franny with Sophia. Oops… I haven’t taken a picture with their very tiny wee sister, DebraLou, so here she is:
The nickle is there to show the scale of just how small DebraLou is. She’s a very small bunny mermaid, indeed!

And, then, because I was talking about bunnies, I got out some bunny crochet hooks that I carved quite awhile ago….

The Bunny Heart Spoon wanted to join in the fun, so she joined the rabbit crochet hooks.

AND… that inspired me to FINALLY finish carving a blank that I had made for a crochet hook 10 years ago! wow…

I am totally delighted with her and ….

she has inspired me to immerse myself in carving wooden ‘art’ crochet hooks again…. which is very inspiring and exciting, but that’s another story!

Oh my goodness. while I have been so busy posting images and notes daily to Instagram LINK I haven’t been keeping up with posting to my blog, and yikes, everything has changed here in a new and baffling way! I don’t like it at all and am flumoxed with how to deal with it…. so if this post is not quite right, it’s because I honestly don’t know what I am doing with this new and unwelcome and unfriendly way of posting! Fingers crossed that I can figure this out.

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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

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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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Questions about Potholder Looms


I was asked a couple of good questions about potholder looms and potholder loom weaving in the last few days.

One question was about how to decide what size of potholder loom is best.

The other question is about  loops?  yarn?  fabric strips?

Here’s the video:

 

The book is available for pre-ordering from all the online booksellers and will be available in bookstores in early 2020. Here’s a link: L I N K

And here are links to order potholder looms:

Harrisville Designs

Dewberry Ridge

Wool Novelty Co

The book is available online for pre-ordering and will be available worldwide in bookstores and online in January 2020.

Happy Weaving!

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New how to pdf for Star Loom instructions

 

I have completely re-done the how-to instructional pdf for the Star Loom that I designed and Dewberry Ridge Looms makes and sells.  LINK

You can contact Donna McFarland if you would like the snazzy new pdf.

Or, if you send me a pic of you with your Star Loom as a pm, and your email, I can send you a copy of the pdf.

Why would I want a pic of you and your loom… well… I don’t have anything to do with the making and selling of the looms and I have no access to records about who bought them, so if you show me a pic of it with and you holding it, then I know that it’s a legit request :o)

I’ll delete the photo as soon as I send the pdf- I don’t have room on my computer to save extra pics!

One other thing- the new PDF is expanded, and is 13 pages.

I figured that since it was so big that there wasn’t enough space to re-do the wire star instructions.

Besides, so many people went: Blech to the thought of weaving with wire that I figured that there was no point in spending more days (it took me 2 days and one long evening to make this new pdf) making a pdf for something that people don’t want.

Anyhow, I hope that the new instructions will make everyone happy happy with their Star Looms!

Happy Weaving,
Noreen

 

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How to use Lucet cords to embellish garments

Lucet cords are great for making a favorite garment even more special as they make gorgeous embellishments on clothing.

. The Latchet Lucet allows you to make miles of lucet cord quickly so you can add fab flourishes to garments that you are sewing yourself or to make store bought clothing one of a kind.

This video gives tips, hacks and techniques on how to successfully apply lucet cord to clothing, but you can just as easily add it to curtains, hats, bags or pillows.


The Latchet lucet can be purchased from: https://www.dewberryridge.com/products/latchet-lucet#

The patterns for the asymmetrical jacket and vest came from the book: Bold & Beautiful Easy Sew Clothes by Habibe Acikgoz. ISBN:978-1-250-02365-0 published by St. Martin’s Griffin

Here’s a video showing how to apply lucet cord to clothing:

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6th Sense Woven Woman Art Doll- The Light of Courage

Here is my latest ‘6th Sense’ Woven Woman one of a kind art doll: The Light of Courage:

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The 6th Sense is actually 3 senses rolled into one: Intuition, Inspiration and Imagination.

We all need our 6th Sense to be working well these days, which is why I am making one of a kind art dolls in honor of our Sixth Sense.

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The pink wire star was made using the Star loom that I designed for Dewberry Ridge looms: Link

The copper wire behind the wire star on her forehead was woven on the potholder loom.

Her face and hands are wooden.

The star over her heart is copper wire that I crocheted:

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Because tatting is so contemplative, I have added some tatted elements that I tatted, using tatting shuttles that I made for myself:

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I wove the Dragonfly on the Dragonfly loom that I designed for Dewberry Ridge Looms: Link

The 6 pennies = 6 cents= a metaphor for  The 6th Sense

I wove the fabric for her on 3 small looms: Inkle, 4 harness Structo,  and potholder loom.

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I made wooden butterfly wings for her back:

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The butterfly wings and dragonfly on the front are symbolic of transformation.

She is 16 inches/42 cm tall by 7 1/2 inches/19 cm wide by 3 1/2 inches/9 cm thick at the base, tapering up to 1 1/2 inches /4 cm thick at the top.

 

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Wooden dolls are grateful for Vintage Hankies

Last week, my daughter and I opened the very old small suitcase that I use to store my vintage hankie collection.

We were looking for the perfect hankie to make a dress for the little wooden doll that I had carved for her.

Miranda, the Mermaid that I carved last year, has been feeling the sudden onset of cold weather.

I overheard her complaining about the cold to Bessie Gnome, Coco, Thallie and the dogs about the cold.

As a Mermaid, Miranda doesn’t mind cold water, but the dry cold that she is experiencing feels very uncomfortable.

Luckily, there was a silk hankie with elegant lace that suits Miranda perfectly as a shawl:

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She’s thrilled!

As Miranda was posing for the photo, perched on the edge of the suitcase, I noticed that there was a very sweet hankie that looked perfect for Lettie Bunny:

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Lettie is now a cozy bunny, and tickled pink about it.

She feels that she can face winter in the Wall Doll House without a shiver.

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Lettie spotted a tiny elegant silk hankie that she was sure would make Peggetty very happy.

She’s right!

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Peggetty, Lettie and Miranda are all very content with their new  wraps, and are so grateful that a friend blessed us with her mother and grandmother’s hankies!

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Woven Word Tapestries by Noreen Crone-Findlay

I am working on a series of woven tapestries and mixed media woven works that have prayers, poems and blessings woven into them.

The light hasn’t been good enough to photograph my latest piece: ‘Thank You’, so I have made a short video showing her and a few other ‘Woven Word’ pieces in the series.

I am working on several new pieces at once, and when they are done, I’ll post videos and photos of them, too.

 

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Almost there… my book is almost finished

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay

I’ve been working ferociously hard on my peg loom  and weaving stick book and there are some things that have come so clear for me as I have put the thousands of hours into it:

1] The more I work with peg looms and weaving sticks, the more in awe of their creative potential I am and the more that I love weaving with them. I loved peg looms and weaving sticks before I began this book, which is why I worked so hard to find a publisher for it (YAY Stackpole Books!) and what has become deliciously obvious is that I am more and more in love with peg looms and weaving sticks!   AND, I am just thrilled with all the techniques and possibilities that I have come up with for the book.

I have realized that there is so much more to explore with peg looms and weaving sticks that as we downsized and moved into a MUCH smaller house (*don’t do that when you are writing a book!*)  I was quite happy to give away, long term loan and sell all my larger looms- but I could never sell or give away any of my peg looms or weaving sticks.

2] Working with the makers of weaving sticks and peg looms is absolutely amazing- Donna and Gary McFarland of  Dewberry Ridge Looms , Lynette Richter of  Daisy Hill Handiworks   and Dennis Riley of  Daegrad Tools  has been PURE JOY!

When I recommend these wonderful loom makers, I do so with a full and happy heart.
They make BEAUTIFUL looms and are incredibly responsive and generous with their time and energy- they love what they do, and it shows in the looms that they make.

3] I have also absolutely loved working with the glorious yarns that were so graciously supplied to me for the book from my main yarn company sponsor: Briggs & Little Woolen Mill and  to the kindness of Lion Brand yarns. My daughter in love, Alliston Findlay is a gifted hand spinner, and she supplied me with handspun yarn for the book, too: Nomad Fibreworks

You can’t have a weaving book without yarn, so I am REALLY grateful to them for their generosity. Bless their hearts!

4] It has been soooooooo exciting to design and make the projects for the book and in making them, to figure out neat ways of making the weaving sticks and peg looms do things that I had never imagined possible when I first began my voyage of discovery with peg looms and weaving sticks about 15 years ago.

I am looking so forward to seeing what people come up with when they read the book and are playing with these ideas.

The projects in the book may not speak to everyone, but I am hoping that the techniques that are used in the projects will ignite and inspire creativity!

5] And, now, I have to get back to work! Oh my word, I have a a gigantic ‘to-do’ list to work through in the last couple of weeks before I submit the manuscript!  eep!

Hugs all round,
Noreen

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