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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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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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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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Hexagon Loom Weaving- Teneriffe Lace Starburst Motif on the 6 inch hexagon loom

Lace making is one of my favorite things.

Weaving Teneriffe lace on hexagon looms is fun and quite easy.

I’ve made a  video tutorial that shows how to weave the Starburst motif in Teneriffe Lace on the 6 inch Hexagon loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms.

The motif can also be woven on 4 inch hexagons or any size hexagon loom.

The Starburst motif can also be woven on circular looms, too.

Teneriffe lace can be woven in any color:

The basics of how to warp the hexagon loom for Teneriffe lace and to work the running stitch at the center of the motif are covered in the Teneriffe openwork video

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyRCOtKNPB4

The motifs were woven on Dewberry Ridge looms: LINK

Kreinik metallic threads were used to add sparkle and lustre: LINK

Happy Lace making and happy weaving!

By the way:

The finished motifs can be used in all kinds of ways-

The Hexagon Shawl  LINK  would work beautifully in Teneriffe lace.

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Hexagon Loom techniques- Flower motifs on the 2 inch hexagon loom

I have made a video tutorial using  the 2 inch hexagon loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms to make 2 kinds of flower motifs.

Also, there are tips about working with metallic threads from Kreinik Threads.

The circular warping technique is shown.

Happy Weaving!

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6th Sense One of a Kind Art Dolls

For many months, I have been working really hard on new mixed media fiber art sculptures.

The 6th Sense is intuition/inspiration/imagination.

These one of a kind art dolls are based on dreams, memories, meditations and contemplations and are an invitation to embrace creativity, healing and wholeness.

They are a combination of tapestry weaving, narrow band weaving, lucet cords, tatting, knitting, wood work wire work and leather work.

Here’s a slide show video of my 6th Sense One of a Kind Art dolls.

Most of the 6th Sense One of a Kind Art Dolls in the video are for sale, but some of them have already sold and gone to live in their new homes.

 

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Wonderful new Latchet Lucet

I am just over the moon 🙂

I love working with Lucet cords, and sometimes, I work with miles of them.

So, I wanted to be able to make oodles of lucet cords more quickly.

After a LOT of tinkering around, and much experimenting and many different iterations,  I was happy with the prototype for the Latchet Lucet.

I talked to Donna and Gary McFarland at Dewberry Ridge Looms to see if they were interested in making it.

Yes!

Yay!

Gary is a master craftsman and excellent designer.

He took my design and fine tuned and honed it and here is the result:

This glorious piece of work:

Here it is, attached to the table with the spiffy clamp that Gary found after a lot of research:

It is a very happy tool for co-creating with  the Thumbelina, Mollie Whuppie, Vasilisa  and Star looms.

(well…. any and all looms, really).

Here’s a video of it in action:

Here’s the link to order one:

Latchet Lucet

The projects made with Lucet cords in the following videos work perfectly with the cords made with the Latchet Lucet:

It’s just sooooooooooooooo much fun!

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Tapestry on the 3 Sisters looms

I made a video that shows how to weave square, triangle and diagonal motifs on the Thumbelina, Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa looms.

But… it was 2 hours long!  Whoa!  That’s just too long.

So, I thought: I wonder if I can figure out how to ‘fast forward’ it?

And, I did!

But, I think that I got a little enthusiastic with the fast forward function- LOL!

I turned a 2 hour video into a 2 MINUTE video!

Prepare for take off… buckle your seat belt…. here we go!

Um…. next time, I might not speed things up ~quite~ so much!

Happy weaving!

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