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Teneriffe Lace- Smaller Faster Easiest

In my previous post, LINK  I showed how to weave a 2 inch/5 cm diameter Teneriffe lace motif on an upcycled loom.

The antique Teneriffe lace loom that my sister gave me has a smaller diameter set of holes that makes a motif that is  1 5/8 inches/4 cm in diameter.

At first, I thought… 2 inches is so small, why would you want to go smaller?

But then, I realized, that depending on the finished piece that will be combining lots of Teneriffe lace motifs, having smaller sized ones could be good.  There may be spaces that need filling.

And, then I thought… What if I make the smaller one, and make it ~really~ quick and easy so that someone who might be uncertain about trying Teneriffe lace would be willing to give it a try?

Here’s the smaller version of the loom:  When you print it out, try to get the circle of holes to come out at about 1 5/8 inches or 4 cm.

You’ll need 48 pins.

I’ve marked the pins that the first loop goes on- one more thing to make it quick and easy 🙂

I’ve made a video showing how to make the Smaller, Faster, Easiest Teneriffe Lace motif.

 

I hope that you’ll enjoy making Teneriffe Lace!  Happy Lace Making!

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How to make an upcycled Teneriffe loom and weave Teneriffe Lace on it

I have been loving working with the antique Teneriffe lace loom that my sister sent me.

I decided that I needed to figure out how other people could join in the fun and make Teneriffe lace.

The answer of course, is ‘upcycling’!

So, I drew out the pattern for a Teneriffe Lace loom:

The loom has a 2 inch/5 cm diameter circle of 52 holes.

Print it out so that it’s 2 inches across or to the size that you want to work with.

I made one loom with sturdy plastic that I upcycled from an old daytimer cover, and another one with cardstock from our recycling bin.  Both work great.

I also made a pin cushion by stitching 2 pockets together from a pair of dead blue jeans that I have been using in other upcycling projects.

I stuffed it ferociously full to make it VERY firm, and sewed it shut. It works perfectly for the base for making the Teneriffe lace.

You can see it, and full instructions on how to weave lovely Teneriffe Lace motifs.

Note:  These instructions are based on my experiments with this loom, so may well be different from the way that other people present Teneriffe Lace.    I’m happy with the outcome, but I just wanted you to be aware that there may be some folk who dispute the way I do this.

I made a video of how I make Teneriffe Lace with this loom:

 

 

 

In the meantime, there are a couple of other Teneriffe Lace videos that I have made:

 

 

and

 

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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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Mermaids woven on peg looms and weaving sticks

I have always loved mermaids, and I am totally addicted to weaving mermaids these days.

I’ve  made a video showing how I used my Mermaid pattern on etsy to weave Mermaids of different sizes  on peg looms.

I took the original Mermaid that looked like this for the pattern:

And added a wooden face, leather hands, a little tatting, and a seashell:

She was woven on 1/4 inch diameter weaving sticks and is about 11 or 12 inches tall.

Also woven on the 1/4 inch diameter weaving sticks is this Mermaid, woven with hand spun art yarn and  needle felted:

 

The same etsy pattern can be used to make totally different mermaids by changing the size of pegs or weaving sticks used and different thicknesses of yarns.

I used the smallest pegs on my 6 inch peg loom to weave the smallest Mermaid, who’s about 7 or 8 inches tall.

She’s woven on the 1/8th inch pegs.

The Mermaid woven with the 3/8 inch pegs is about 20 inches tall:

I did some geometric pattern weaving in her body, but it’s a little hard to see in this pic.

I used 2 strands of a very bulky chenille yarn held together to weave the largest Mermaid, who is around 28 inches tall.

When I was weaving the different sizes, I did tweak the pattern somewhat to adjust for the differences in the size of the pegs and thickness of the yarns.

Here’s the link to the pattern in my etsy shop:  LINK
(sorry – it’s not free)
Happy weaving and happy Mermaiding!

The looms are from Dewberry Ridge Looms: LINK

 

My book: Peg Looms and Weaving Sticks is available from all your favorite online book sellers, and can be ordered through your local book store.  It’s full of weaving yes-ness!

Here’s the video about the Mermaid dolls:

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Triangle Loom Shawl woven on every other nail

I made a video tutorial showing how to weave on every other nail on the triangle loom when weaving with bulky yarns.


This creates an open lacy weave that drapes beautifully.

The shawl was woven on the 7 foot Dewberry Ridge Triangle loom,using super bulky yarn made by spinning together cotton threads with knitting machine and lace weight yarns.

The every other nail technique also works fine when 2 or 3 strands of medium or fine yarns are held together as if they are a single strand.
This is a very quick and easy way to weave a soft and drapey shawl.


The shawl in the video is a prayer (compassion) shawl made for a dear friend when she lost her Dad.

She loves the shawl, so I am pleased, because of course, I want her to feel that there is love in every stitch and that she can wrap herself in that love whenever she needs it.

Details: I spun a super bulky yarn by combining  7 strands of very fine crochet cotton and knitting machine boucle yarn- cotton and acrylic, on a bulky head spinner. The wpi is 5 wraps per inch. I plied it so it is 14 strands thick.

Here’s the video:

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Blue Butterfly Mermaid Tapestry and how to weave tapestry on a triangle loom

When someone on facebook asked if it was possible to weave tapestry on triangle looms, I thought: ‘Great question!’

and then … ‘Of course it is!’

and then….’I have to try it to see if it really is!’

I had been mulling over weaving a new Mermaid tapestry for quite awhile, and had woven narrow bands on my Structo 4 harness loom as well as my rigid heddle box loom, to start.

I had a big ‘aha!’ about weaving the rest of the mermaid using my 14 inch triangle loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms.  LINK

Because there are a few things to know about weaving  tapestry on a triangle loom, I made a short video as part of the video about the Blue Butterfly Mermaid tapestry – it’s close to the end of the video.

I used  other looms to weave the other elements of the tapestry: a hexagon woven in copper wire on the Lily Speed o Weave Loom, narrow bands woven on the 4 harness vintage Structo loom, narrow bands woven on a rigid heddle box loom, 2 small triangles woven on the 7 inch Lil Weaver loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms and some tatting.

The hair is twisted cord made with a cord twister from Lacis.com.

The metallic threads used in the tapestry are from Kreinik. LINK

 

Here’s the video:

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Hexagon Loom Weaving- Tapestry

Tapestry weaving on small looms is a delight.

I’ve made a small video tutorial to show how to weave tapestries on the hexagon loom.

This piece was woven on the 4 inch hexagon loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms LINK, but it can also be woven on 2 inch or 6 inch looms.

Tapestry weaving on hexagon looms will work well for people who make their own hexagon tiles for their games.

This one is part of a larger piece that I will be videoing when it’s done.

Happy weaving!  Happy hexagons!

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