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Tapestry Techniques- Part 2 woven on the Mollie Whuppie loom

I have posted a new video tutorial that is the second in a series of how to weave tapestry on the Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa looms.

I designed the Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa looms and Dewberry Ridge makes them. They’re wonderful!


This video shows how to
1- Start the weaving at the curved edge while weaving side to side.
2- How to fill the curved space that will form by using eccentric weaving (weaving that doesn’t go all the way from side to side).
3- How to weave dots of color.
4- How to use hatching to make a pattern- in this case, a circle shape in the middle of the weaving is made by alternating 2 colors of yarn.
5- How to finish the straight edge at the end of the weaving.

Here’s the video:

To see how to set up the Mollie Whuppie loom please go to my previous post, which will take you to the first video in this series: LINK

To buy the Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa looms, please go to:
www.dewberryridge.com

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Tapestry Techniques on the Vasilisa and Mollie Whuppie Looms- Part 1

Video tutorial by Noreen Crone-Findlay showing some tapestry weaving techniques for the Vasilisa loom.
The following techniques are covered in this ‘how to’ video tute:
1- How to warp the Vasilisa (and Mollie Whuppie) loom
2- How to secure the lower edge
3- How to prepare for weaving by making a cartoon, and the protective layers of cardboard and plastic for the cartoon, then weaving in the shed stick
4- How to weave vertical lines using the ‘pick and pick’ technique
5- How to change colors to turn the vertical lines into checkerboard pattern
6- How to weave a circle motif in contrasting colors, showing how to weave up to the circle motif to create the supporting structure for it.
7- How to weave the circle in pick and pick technique
8- How to complete weaving the background
9- How to finish the upper edge
10- How to stitch the gaps closed

The Vasilisa loom is used in this video, but the techniques shown work just as well on the Mollie Whuppie and Thumbelina looms.

The Vasilisa, Mollie Whuppie and Thumbelina looms were designed by Noreen Crone-Findlay and are built by and available from Dewberry Ridge Looms.
THREE SISTERS LI'L WEAVERS

This is the first in a series of videos showing techniques for weaving tapestry on the 3 Sisters (Thumbelina, Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa) Looms.

Happy weaving!

And, here’s the video

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How to do a Bound Double Damascus Edge on Peg Loom Weaving

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The Bound Double Damascus Edge works beautifully to finish Peg loom woven fabric:

It’s sturdy and secure.

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Here’s  a video about how to do the Double Damascus edge and then how to stitch over it for a Bound finish.

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Peg Loom Weaving Techniques- Advancing the warp

People keep asking me for help with advancing the warp on long peg loom weavings.

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So I have made a video showing the stages of how to move the weaving down the warp strands- on long, wide warps, it takes a lot of effort!

I wove my husband a mat for his morning pilates and he loves it.

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So do the dogs, so the mat does NOT live on the floor!

It’s 2 feet wide by 6 feet long.

The loom is from Dewberry Ridge Looms and the yarn is from Briggs and Little.

It’s 100% wool and makes a scrumptiously  cushioned rug.

Here’s the video that explains the process of advancing the weaving:

 

 

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How to Carve a Weaving Hook from a Chopstick

I use weaving hooks in all kinds of weaving- everything from potholder looms and frame looms to triangle looms, and a fair few looms in between.

Crochet hooks are okay for some weaving, but they can be too short and too round for some weaving.

I have found that making weaving hooks from chopsticks is quick, easy and very satisfying. It’s a great way to upcycle.

Chopstick weaving hooks are longer than crochet hooks (afghan hooks can be hard to find) and are flatter, and work beautifully.

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You can customize your weaving hook to be the absolute bees knees by fine tuning it with a little sanding or whittling as you work with it.

Here is a step by step ‘how to’ video tutorial that shows you how you can easily carve or whittle your own perfect weaving hook with just a few simple tools:

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How to make a wreath with woven flowers

A wreath is a cheerful and welcoming thing.

Here’s one that I have designed to be made with flowers woven on the Thumbelina loom.

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I used autumn colors, but you can make it with colors that match any season.

Feel free to use as many flowers and leaves as you would like.

I made the wreath by tying the vines shed by a weeping birch tree.  I gathered them up, and shaped them into a circle, then wrapped the circle with thread to hold it together.  I added a twisted wire hanger at the top.

And, here’s how to make it:

Happy Weaving! Enjoy making wreaths 🙂

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How to weave a tiny toy bunny rabbit

Yesterday, I showed a sketch of a tiny toy bunny rabbit that I designed.

Here are a couple of them:

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I have just uploaded the video for how to weave the toy bunny on the Dewberry Ridge Thumbelina Loom:

The bunnies are about 2 1/2 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches tall.

They are quick and easy to make and fit in a pocket or would make a great stocking stuffer.

Happy Weaving!

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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

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

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

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So, I have created a garden on a shawl…

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To wrap myself in Garden pleasures all year round.

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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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