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Teneriffe Lace Fairy

The Teneriffe Lace Fairy is today’s installment of the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along.

I loved designing her and hope that you will enjoy making her.

She’s beautiful when made in other colors, as well as in plain white or ecru.

 

The Teneriffe Lace Fairy is woven on both the square Teneriffe Lace Loom and the Triangular Teneriffe Lace Loom.

The wings are made by using the ‘how to’ for the second Teneriffe Lace Butterfly: LINK

Here’s the how to video:

The complete list of all the how to videos for the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along is at LINK 

To buy the looms from Dewberry Ridge Looms, please go to: LINK

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List of Links for Thumbelina Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa Looms

People have been asking for links to the ‘3 Sisters’ Looms- The Thumbelina, Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa looms that I designed and Gary and Donna McFarland of Dewberry Ridge Looms build so beautifully.
I adore these looms…. especially the Thumbelina!
Here’s the link to purchase the looms from Dewberry Ridge Looms : LINK
And, here’s where I first introduced the looms: LINK
Videos:  URLS FOR TAPESTRY TECHNIQUES:
Tapestry on the Vasilisa Mollie Whuppie and Thumbelina looms:
 Note: The techniques are all the same  for all 3 looms:

Thumbelina Loom happiness

URLS FOR VIDEOS OF PROJECTS
for the Thumbelina Loom,
but techniques transfer to Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilYJ0KB7_Hg
STAR BABY instructions:
OCTOPUS PATTERN ON ETSY:

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Teneriffe Lace Triangle Motif

One of the foundation shapes for the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along is the Triangle:

Here’s the video on how to make the Triangle:

Here’s the link for the post that has all the links for the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along: LINK

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Handspun Alpaca for ANOTHER new book

HURRAH!  In 2020, my publisher (Stackpole books) will be releasing not just one new book from me (I was hard at work for almost all of 2018 on it), but-

WHEEE-   while I was working sooooooooo hard on the book that will be released in January of 2020, I was also busting my chops on laying the foundation for the NEXT book that I am writing.

And, the good news is that they will be publishing the NEXT book  in the fall of 2020, so most of 2019 will have me hard at work on it.

In fact, I am happily working on it now.

Last summer, my friends, Teresa and Darren Griffith gave me a huge bag of fluffy, fabulous fuzz from 4 of their gorgeous alpacas.

I don’t have a drum carder, so I hand carded and carded and carded it all and spun and spun and spun….

this basket of yummy yarn….

It may not look like much, but there is over a kilogram of yarn in that basket!

I thought that Teresa was brilliant to staple a lock of fleece from each of the alpacas to a card, so I would remember the name of each of the sweet alpacas who donated their loveliness!

And, now, I am joyfully weaving the alpaca yarn and will be including it in the NEXT book.

Hurrah!

and a thousand thanks to Teresa and Darren for their amazing generosity! ❤ and blessings to them both

 

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How to Make a Niddy Noddy from Cardboard to Wind Skeins

My friend, Teresa gave me a bag of gorgeous Alpaca fiber – bliss!

I started spinning it up, but realized that I had misplaced my Niddy Noddy.

So, I thought… I can make one from cardboard.

One thing lead to another, and I soon ended up with 2 charming little characters who do acrobatics to help me wind a skein of yarn.

They are sturdy, work perfectly and are easy to store.

A totally successful upcycle of re-using cardboard. Yay!

Here’s the pattern that I finally settled on… after a LOT of tweaking and twiddling:

Print it full page:

And here’s a video that shows how to use it, as well as the inspiration for Niddy and Noddy’s faces:

Happy Spinning, Happy Weaving, Happy Upcycling!

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Butterfly Woman Spreads Her Wings Tapestry

In 2012, I wove a tapestry that was quietly part of a series of tapestries that I have been working on for many years:

In the last few weeks, she has let me know that she wanted to really spread her wings….

So, I wove her a face on my hexagon loom from Dewberry Ridge looms: LINK

I built a little loom to weave hands for her, and stitched on butterflies that I had designed and crocheted many years ago.

I used really thick wire to make and armature for one of the larger butterflies.

And, then, she had wings!

I am so pleased with her, and she is very pleased with me, too!

She’s about 39 inches/100 cm  tall and her wingspan is about 22 inches (55 cm).

Here’s a little video that I made about her:

My book, Peg Looms and Weaving Sticks LINK shows you how to weave tapestries on the peg loom.

If you’d like to know how to weave tapestries on the hexagon loom, here’s a how to video:

 

After a very long, very cold and very snowy and icy winter, I do believe that Spring and Butterflies on their way!

 

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Fabula Figure Tapestries

Last year, I wove a series of tapestries that I call, ‘The Fabula Figures’.

Fabula means ‘story’ in Latin… and each of the Fabula Figures is about the power of story.

The one in the photo below is called ‘Fabula Figure: The Storyteller’ and is about 44 inches tall.

She’s one of the later figures in the series.

I had woven a few prototypes for the series before January of 2017, but I really committed to the series on January 1 of 2017, and I haven’t stopped weaving them.

10 of the Fabula Figure tapestries are part of the ‘Faconner’ show that I wrote about in the previous blog post.

Here’s a little video of the Fabula Figures that I wove from January 1 – September 30, 2017:

 

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How to sew hand wovens together by hand

I have lost count of all the times that people have asked me how to sew hand woven fabrics together by hand.

This little video shows quick and easy ways of stitching together fabric that you have woven, no matter what loom you use:

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3 panel Triangle loom shawl woven on 3 foot tri loom

Recently, I designed a fun shawl, and made a video about how to weave a shawl with a collar using 3 triangles woven on the 3ft triangle loom.

 

The border is made up of triangles woven on the potholder loom.

Here’s the video:  The video is full of hints and tips for triangle loom weaving in ‘outside the box’ ways.

Here are 2 ways of weaving triangles on the potholder loom:

I used the first method for this shawl: How to weave a triangle on the potholder loom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6ahC…

How to weave a triangle on the bias on the potholder loom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl-GN…

 

I made a separate video about how to stitch the pieces of the shawl together:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tKIy… Happy Weaving!

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Cutting garments into fabric strips to weave and knit

The flu knocked me for a loop, and as I have been slowly pulling myself out of it, I haven’t had much energy, so my blog has slipped off the rails.

I did want to mention, however, that I made a video about cutting up garments to upcycle them by weaving or knitting with the fabric strips.

In early October, my son in law’s step-dad passed away.

This was, of course, very hard on our grandson.

I talked with him about what it meant to him to have his ‘other’ grampa (not my husband) pass away.

I asked him if he needed something of his grampa’s to hold onto, and he said yes.

So, I asked for a couple of Bill’s shirts so I could make comfort critters with them.

I cut them up and wove them into kittys, as that was what my grandson asked for, so he has one, and other family members have them too.  (I didn’t photograph all of them).

I also knitted a teddy bear for one of our relatives, as he is definitely a teddy bear guy 🙂

The bear and kittys have been well received and they do carry the love that went into every stitch of making them.

I’ve done this before, and have found that ‘compassion critters’ made from upcycled clothing of a dear one is very comforting for people in grief.

Every little thing helps….

Here’s the video:

The woven kitties and knitted bear are made from the following patterns:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/88710…

and https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/27430…

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