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My Book is Done! Time to teach some Dragonfly Workshops

The last couple of years have been the most intensely hard work as I have worked day and night to complete 2 books.

And, now, Hurrah! they are both done.   Well…. they are in the hands of my publisher and one of them is at the type-setters, which means that I will have a last chance to run my eyes over it soon before it goes to the printer.

The book that I have just finished (ahead of schedule! ) is now in the hands of my editor, which means that she will do hard work on it, and then more editors and other clever and gifted folks will work on it too.  Then, it will be time for revisions and tweaking and all manner of this-ing and that-ing before it hits the shelves.

So, to celebrate the ‘done-ness’ for now-ness of my books, I am going to teach some workshops in my studio in September.

I love dragonflies, so I have opted to teach workshops on weaving dragonflies on little looms that I designed and make.

I’ve been busy as a bee, sewing up pouches for the kits:

and making up dragonflies in interesting yarns and not-yarns (hand spun paper, t-shirt yarn and other upcycled things)

One of my favorite dragonflies is made from silk fabric from a scrap left over when my daughter made her wedding dress years ago- I’ve been waiting for the perfect project for it, and have just torn some strips from the scrap so I could weave a dragonfly with them.   It’s gorgeous!

Silkworms worked so hard to spin the silk for this dragonfly!  Bless their little hearts!

It’s such a delight to be changing gears and re-directing my life away from relentless book writing!

I’ve posted information on Facebook for Edmonton AB folks who want to join me in my studio for some delightful weaving.   facebook.com/NoreenCroneFindlayDesigns

And now that I am re-entering a more normal life, I plan on blogging more frequently.

I’m busting my chops working on new tapestries for an upcoming solo show of my work, so I’ll post pics of them soon, too.

Until then, big hugs all round! 🙂

 

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Introducing Star loom and Dragonfly loom

I am hopping up and down with delight!

For the last couple of years, I have been working on the designs for 2 new small looms: A Star and a Dragonfly.

I’ve done dozens and dozens of variations and iterations, and now, they are the Bee’s Knees.  Poifeck.

I took my designs to Donna and Gary McFarland of Dewberry Ridge looms and asked if they were interested in making them as part of their ‘Lil Weavers’ series, and they said, ‘Yes, indeed’.

Gary is working magic with his CNC machine and I love how he is building them.

We’ve decided to not show the front, working part of the loom, because, to be perfectly honest, we’ve worked so incredibly hard on them that we don’t want to be ‘scooped’ on them.  It’s happened in the past with other designs, so we’ve chosen to be more circumspect about these ones.

Instead, I’ll show you the back of the looms and the dragonflies and stars that you can weave with them.

You can use yarn OR wire to make the niftiest dragonflies and stars:

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copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay http://www.tottietalkscrafts.com

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The stars and dragonflies are somewhat challenging to weave, so I have made really detailed step by step instructions with full photographs.

To order the looms, please send  Donna an email: donna@dewberryridge.com

The looms aren’t quite up on Donna and Gary’s website, but when their internet issues are up to speed, the looms will be on:

http://www.dewberryridge.com/collections/lil-weaver-looms

I am thrilled… I hope that you’ll love them, too!

Every year for Christmas, I make our family and friends a new Christmas ornament.

This year, I’ll be weaving stars and dragonflies for them!  🙂

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