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Comfort or Blessing or Pocket or Prayer Bears- Crocheted Knitted and Woven

Knitting, crocheting and weaving Comfort/Compassion/Kindness/Pocket/Prayer Bears is really important to me.

I have crocheted, knitted and woven thousands of them over the last 20 or so years, and have given them all away.

I designed my first Comfort Bear in response to 9/11 in the hopes of soothing frightened, grieving hearts.

The first version was a crocheted Comfort bear, and was the front page of the Craft Yarn Council of America website for a couple of years.  The link is still there: LINK

And, here’s the link to the Crocheted Comfort Bear that I tweaked slightly for my blog: LINK

A few years ago, I designed a knitted Comfort/Blessing Bear that has a ‘hugging’ single loop for the arms so it can hug you back:  LINK

Last year, I designed a very simple little knitted Pocket Bear with Stitched Arms: Here’s the Link to the video:


The most recent member of the Comfort/Kindness/Compassion/Blessing/Prayer bear is a crocheted Panda:


Note that you don’t have to make it as a Panda…. crochet it in blue yarn to make a Blue Bear of Happiness, or in more traditional brown yarn…..

Another kind of Blessing Bear or Compassion bear is to make them for people who are grieving the death of someone they loved.

Use garments that the person used to wear and either cut the garment into fabric strips and knit, crochet or weave a Memory Bear, or unravel one of the person’s sweaters and knit, crochet or weave a Blessing/Memory Bear with that.

Here are some links for Memory Bears:  LINK   and LINK

I did mention that I have woven Comfort/Blessing bears didn’t I?

One of my favorite projects in my new Potholder Loom Weaving book is a Blessing Bear woven on the potholder loom:

Here it is, peeking out of a little pocket on one of the baskets that is in the book:

Here’s a link to order it online, but you can also order it from your local bookstore worldwide: LINK



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Sock Monkey Finger Puppet pattern

It’s been a wildly busy summer, as my daughter and daughter-in-law and I have been doing a TON of maker’s faires and craft shows.

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I have built and re-built, and re-built again, my booth…. and now I am happy with it.

I’ve been working my chops off, producing new and delicious things for the booth, and my designer mode has been in overdrive.

One of the things that has become very clear to me this summer, is how much I love designing and making finger puppets:

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One of the lovely serendipitous things that came together for me was when I was thinking about my grandmother and her pleasure in making sock monkeys- she made hundreds of them throughout my childhood, and I loved helping her with them- and then twigging that I should design Sock Monkey Finger Puppets in homage to her.

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It has taken a lot of figuring, tweaking, refining and crochet, crochet, crochet to get to the place that is just right with them.

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And, now  that I have got the pattern all polished up, and edited and in a very happy place, I have put it up on my etsy shop: LINK 

and on my website: LINK

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Because they are so little, they are great for using up bits of precious yarn like handspun or even silk.

And, you don’t have to stick with browns:

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They make me smile…. and I hope that you will enjoy them, too! 😀


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A video showing the Woven Women Mermaids Song tapestry

I am working on a large series of woven and mixed fiber media pieces that I am calling: Woven Women.

I am almost done a fairly large piece, called: Mermaid’s Song: 

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She’s large- 6 ft by 2ft, and hard to photograph in my studio, so I figured that I would show a video of her.

I used small looms, knitting, crochet, tatting, spoolknitting and flower looms to make her, along with copper foil work.

Some of the looms were: 2 inch square vintage weave it loom, potholder loom, pinboard looms, Martha Stewart loom and flower looms.

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And, here’s the video:

Remember: The size of your loom doesn’t limit the size of your finished piece!

Happy weaving! 🙂


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One of a kind woven art doll-Green Empress and a mini studio tour

Over the last couple of years, I have been weaving a series of tapestries and one of a kind art dolls.


I am calling this series, ‘Woven Women’. I made a little video mini tour of one corner of my studio, showing ‘The Green Empress’.

The Green Empress brings together many of my favorite fiber techniques: Tapestry weaving, inkle weaving, small loom weaving, crochet, wire work, tatting and punch needle embroidery.

My plan is to eventually have enough ‘Woven Women’ for a one woman show. I don’t have enough of them finished yet, but I am working on it!

Here are some more photos and the video tour that shows The Green Empress:



Her face is punch needle embroidery and her crown is tapestry weave.


Her hands are heavy gauge wire, wrapped with cotton thread. They are cupped so they can hold small objects.

Her arms are inkle bands and 2 inch Weave it Squares, stitched and shaped and layered.


Her feet are a combination of 2 inch squares that I wove on my vintage Weave it loom, with Inkle weaving.

I just kept stitching and shaping until I was happy with her feet.


I crocheted wire in an open work mesh to shape her body and skirt.

They, I wove miles of inkle bands (woven on my Schacht inkle loom) through them.

I also wove in tatted lace, too. The skirt is about 24 inches wide, but is folded and stitched.


This closeup shows a small panel of punch needle embroidery , tatting, inkle weaving and the copper wire armature.


Close up of one eye and part of the crown.  You can see that I love Byzantine art, as there is a definite influence here.

And, here is the link to a mini studio tour, with my wonderful husband playing one of his compositions (with our small dog in his lap, as small dog insists on sitting in Jim’s lap when he plays and practices!)


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What do yarnies want from indie designers?


Last night, I was the guest on Mary Beth Temple’s blogradio show: Getting Loopy.

I took advantage of being in direct communication with the listeners by asking them 2 questions:

1]  Do you prefer downloadable PDF patterns or paper patterns and books that are mailed to (but that you have to pay the postage for)?


2] Do you prefer to buy patterns individually or as a group or compilation?

Mary Beth has expanded on my questions and has made a survey up, and is even offering a cone of Lion Brand’s new Wool Stainless Steel as a prize for people who answer the survey.

Here’s the link to her survey:    ?

We REALLY do want to know what you want, so we really appreciate you taking the time and trouble to answer our questions!

Thanks so much and good luck in the draw.

Lion Brand’s Wool Stainless Steel yarn is neat (and no, it’s not like a pot scrubber or wire. The stainless steel is  the finest of fine filaments. It’s not wirey, but does have memory.)

Image is by Noreen Crone-Findlay and is copyright. (yup, that’s spool knitting and a spool knitter)


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Rosie Recycle is done and ready to go!


I am so excited!
I have finally finished The Rosie Recycle Doll Book!


Rosie Recyle dolls are charming little one of a kind dolls that are
an inspiration to ‘go green’, and become a thrifty ‘eco crafter’.

Combine your stash of scraps of yarn & embroidery floss
with colorful bits of junk mail, old magazines
and packaging to create enchanting & unique little
Rosie Recycle Dolls.

The book includes instructions and patterns for
* Knitted Rosie Recycle Dolls
*Crocheted Rosie Recycle Dolls
* Spool knitted Rosie Recycle Dolls
*Rosie Recycle Dolls with ribbon or lace scrap skirts.

The completed Rosie Recycle dolls
are approximately 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall.

They have pins on the back of their heads, so they can dance from
your hat, bag, lapel, curtain, inspiration or bulletin board.
They’re also great for scrapbooking, too…..

The Rosie Recycle booklet is 48 pages, and is full color.
It’s 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches- so easy to slip into your tote bag!

I am doing the big time happy happy happy dance….

and Tottie Tomato thinks that Rosie Recyle is pretty darned wonderful, too!


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Mapping the layout for new book

I have been working sooooooooooo hard on a new little book.


The process has been really intense, because, as well as designing and making the dolls for the book, I have been learning a whole lotta new software and systems. Oh MY!

The book is called: Rosie Recycle Pin Dolls : Thrifty Little Dolls to Crochet or Knit And Spool Knit.

The dolls are adorable and I am very excited….

I’m getting close to being able to release it…. just working on finishing up the layout of the book….


The process of figuring out where each page goes and how it gets there is a complicated one….

I ended up making little mockups that I could zing back and forth in and then map out the whole works.

Each page  ended up with 7 codes, telling me something that I needed to know for the pages.

Lotsa lotsa work….. and so worth it!

I have been working so hard on the book that I haven’t been keeping up with blogging.

I will blog a bit more about the process…..

until then…. it’s back to work on it, for me.

PS:  The book is done! Hurrah!

You can see some of the dolls in the book at:

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Weaving Words

I love weaving words into inkle woven bands.


In this picture, Tottie Tomato is wrapped in the words of Dame Julian of Norwich’s prayer:

And all shall be well

and all shall be well

and all manner of things shall be well…



I love this prayer and say it allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the time……….

To pay homage to Dame Julian and her wonderful prayer,  I wove the bands that I used to shape her body (and her banner) on my inkle loom. I crocheted her hands and head, and wove the remainder of the elements of the sculpture on various other small looms.

I use a simple pickup technique for weaving words.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I think I should put ‘do a video of  weaving words’ on my to do list!

The images in this blog entry are copyright and not to be used by anyone else for anything else….


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Save the Children Baby Cap by Noreen Crone-Findlay

In Sept of 2008, I was teaching workshops in Portland OR at the Knit and Crochet Show.

I met Trish and Christen, who are working hard on the Save the Children campaign.

I was really impressed with what they are doing, so I designed this baby cap for them:

and Tottie Tomato approves!

So, without further ado, here is the pattern:

Crocheted Baby Earflap Style Cap

by Noreen Crone-Findlay (copyright)

Size: To fit a small newborn head, 10 inches (25 cm) in circumference

Materials: 3/4 oz (25 gm) of 1 ball Caron Simply Soft Paints ( 100% acrylic, 200 yd/ 182 m, 4 oz/113 gm)

(Cap in photo was crocheted with # 002′Rose Garden’)

Equipment: Crochet hook, size ‘H’/5 mm, a darning needle or tapestry needle, scissors

Gauge: 7 dc = 2 inches/5 cm


Ch 3, join to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, cut a short length of contrasting yarn to use as a row marker, and place it against the last stitch.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc of previous rdn. Pull row marker out and place it against the last stitch. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: (2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next) 6 times. Move row marker. (18 st)

Rnd 4: (2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 2 st) 6 times. Move row marker. (24 st)

Rnd 5: (2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 3 st) 6 times. Move row marker. (30 st)

Rnd 6: (2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 4 st) 6 times. Move row marker. (36 st)

Rnd 7 -9: 36 hdc. Move row marker.

Row 10: Ch 3, 26 dc.

Rows 11 and 12: Turn, ch 3, 26 dc.

Row 13: Turn, ch 3, 3 dc, 4 hdc, 3sc, 6 sl st, 3sc, 4 hdc, 3 dc.

Edging: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st of lower edge, ch 1 at corner, work sc up side of flap, across forehead and down 2nd flap. Cut yarn, finish, weave in ends.

Now, write a note or make a small tag and attach it to the cap and mail it, and a letter to the new president of the USA, telling him that you are helping the babies of the world and asking him what he will do for them, to:

Save the Children, Knit One, Save One

c/o The Doe Fund

173 Cook Street

Brooklyn, NY 11206

Noreen Crone-Findlay designed this cap with love, for the Save the Children, Knit One, Save One campaign. Please DO NOT copy the pattern, pictures or text of this blog entry to post on your blog or other places.

Please send people the url, not the content. Thanks so much!

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Introducing Tottie Tomato

Tottie Tomato began her life on another blog that I used to write, in September 2007.

Tottie has had many adventures, and has undergone several transformations.

She’s just had another one!

Yes…. my spool knitters have been oh so busy! and


here SHE IS!

Tottie Tomato has emerged once again from the Story Door and she is delighted with her new body!

Tottie Tomato and I look forward to talking about all the crafts we love –  spool knitting, small loom weaving, doll making, puppets, crochet, sewing, knitting, tatting, recycling and refashioning…. to name just a few.

Tottie and I will be sharing all manner of tutorials and look forward to visiting with you often – and, oh yes, Tottie loves contests, so there will be contests!

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Please note that all text and images are copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay, and are her original work. They are not to be copied or used in any way without Noreen Crone-Findlay’s consent.


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