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Tapestry Techniques- Part 2 woven on the Mollie Whuppie loom

I have posted a new video tutorial that is the second in a series of how to weave tapestry on the Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa looms.

I designed the Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa looms and Dewberry Ridge makes them. They’re wonderful!


This video shows how to
1- Start the weaving at the curved edge while weaving side to side.
2- How to fill the curved space that will form by using eccentric weaving (weaving that doesn’t go all the way from side to side).
3- How to weave dots of color.
4- How to use hatching to make a pattern- in this case, a circle shape in the middle of the weaving is made by alternating 2 colors of yarn.
5- How to finish the straight edge at the end of the weaving.

Here’s the video:

To see how to set up the Mollie Whuppie loom please go to my previous post, which will take you to the first video in this series: LINK

To buy the Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa looms, please go to:
www.dewberryridge.com

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Tapestry Techniques on the Vasilisa and Mollie Whuppie Looms- Part 1

Video tutorial by Noreen Crone-Findlay showing some tapestry weaving techniques for the Vasilisa loom.
The following techniques are covered in this ‘how to’ video tute:
1- How to warp the Vasilisa (and Mollie Whuppie) loom
2- How to secure the lower edge
3- How to prepare for weaving by making a cartoon, and the protective layers of cardboard and plastic for the cartoon, then weaving in the shed stick
4- How to weave vertical lines using the ‘pick and pick’ technique
5- How to change colors to turn the vertical lines into checkerboard pattern
6- How to weave a circle motif in contrasting colors, showing how to weave up to the circle motif to create the supporting structure for it.
7- How to weave the circle in pick and pick technique
8- How to complete weaving the background
9- How to finish the upper edge
10- How to stitch the gaps closed

The Vasilisa loom is used in this video, but the techniques shown work just as well on the Mollie Whuppie and Thumbelina looms.

The Vasilisa, Mollie Whuppie and Thumbelina looms were designed by Noreen Crone-Findlay and are built by and available from Dewberry Ridge Looms.
THREE SISTERS LI'L WEAVERS

This is the first in a series of videos showing techniques for weaving tapestry on the 3 Sisters (Thumbelina, Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa) Looms.

Happy weaving!

And, here’s the video

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How to do a Bound Double Damascus Edge on Peg Loom Weaving

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The Bound Double Damascus Edge works beautifully to finish Peg loom woven fabric:

It’s sturdy and secure.

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Here’s  a video about how to do the Double Damascus edge and then how to stitch over it for a Bound finish.

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Peg Loom Weaving Techniques- Advancing the warp

People keep asking me for help with advancing the warp on long peg loom weavings.

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So I have made a video showing the stages of how to move the weaving down the warp strands- on long, wide warps, it takes a lot of effort!

I wove my husband a mat for his morning pilates and he loves it.

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So do the dogs, so the mat does NOT live on the floor!

It’s 2 feet wide by 6 feet long.

The loom is from Dewberry Ridge Looms and the yarn is from Briggs and Little.

It’s 100% wool and makes a scrumptiously  cushioned rug.

Here’s the video that explains the process of advancing the weaving:

 

 

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Octopus to weave on the Mollie Whuppie, Vasilisa & Thumbelina looms

Octopi are amazingly clever and rather charming creatures.

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I’ve had so much fun designing a woven Octopus family to weave on the Three Sisters Looms that I designed and Gary and Donna McFarland of Dewberry Ridge looms is building and selling  LINK.

The largest Octopus was woven on the Vasilisa loom: LINK

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It’s about 13 1/2 inches tall.

The medium size Octopus was woven on the Mollie Whuppie Loom: LINK

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And, the littlest Octopus was woven on the Thumbelina loom: LINK

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All three are great for babies- as long as you don’t use beads or buttons, but embroider the eyes instead.

I just read a report that babies love holding onto the tentacles of toy cephalopods, because they find it comforting. Apparently, the tentacles feel like the umbilical cord, and most babies play with the umbilicus before they are born.

Fascinating!

The smallest octopus lives quite happily on a lapel or collar or pinned to a hat, scarf or bag when you stitch a pin to it’s back.

The loop on top of their heads is great for hanging them up on push pins or curtain rods for room decor.

The loop also is perfect to hang the octopus from the baby’s crib, cot or stroller.

The pattern, with step by step instructions is available in my etsy shop: LINK

Happy Octopus weaving!  Enjoy those cephalopods!

 

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Woven Star Baby – 1

Many years ago, I had a wonderful dream about the Northern Lights.

I dreamt that thousands of shooting stars were streaming down the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis), but when I looked closer, I saw that the shooting stars were actually Star Babies 🙂

They were laughing, tumbling and frolicing in delight.

It was a wonderful dream, and ever since then, I have designed and made variations on the theme of ‘Star Baby’.

Here’s my woven Star Baby:

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STAR BABY TO WEAVE ON THE DEWBERRY RIDGE STAR AND THUMBELINA LOOMS

DESIGNED BY NOREEN CRONE-FINDLAY ©

These woven Starbabies can hang up as ornaments or be pinned to a lapel or just played with as cute little dolls.

 

FINISHED SIZE: Approximately 5 inches/12.5 cm tall.

WHAT YOU NEED: Dewberry Ridge Star and Thumbelina Looms, Latch hook lucet from Dewberry Ridge Looms or a regular lucet.

About an ounce/28 gm star colored yarn and about and ounce/28 gm yarn for the body.

Face: 1 inch/2.5 cm diameter button and a 1 ½ inch/3 cm diameter circle of lightweight fabric.  Needle and thread to gather the fabric circle.

Features: Fine tip permanent marking pens, light pink crayon for cheeks.

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WEAVE:

1 Star following the instructions that came with the Star loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms

1 Thumbelina arch shape following the instructions that came with the Thumbelina loom, also from Dewberry Ridge Looms.

 

Make 2 LUCET cords:

Arms: 2 ½ inches/ 6.25 cm

Legs: 3 ½ inches/ 8/75 cm

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ASSEMBLING THE STAR BABY:

Fold the Arch shape in half.

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Stitch the Center back edges together to become the body. Leave the lower edge open.

For the head, leave half of the arch not stitched.

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FACE:

Stitch around the outside edge of the fabric circle,

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then place the button on the circle. Pull up on the thread to gather the circle of fabric tightly.

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Stitch in place on the back several times to secure the stitching.

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Draw the features onto the face.

The seam is at the back of the body.

Place the face button onto the head.  Pull the edges of the head forward and over the edges of the button.

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Take the needle and thread through the back of the head and park it for now.

Thread a length of yarn  into the weaving needle, then take the needle through the edge stitches. Pull up to gather the head around the face.

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Wrap around the neck several times.

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Take the yarn end to the back of the head and stitch in place to anchor it.

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Use the sewing thread to stitch through the back of the head to secure the face button in place.

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In Part 2, I’ll show you how to finish the Star Baby.

This is a tiny video that I made to introduce the Star Babies:

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How to make a wreath with woven flowers

A wreath is a cheerful and welcoming thing.

Here’s one that I have designed to be made with flowers woven on the Thumbelina loom.

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I used autumn colors, but you can make it with colors that match any season.

Feel free to use as many flowers and leaves as you would like.

I made the wreath by tying the vines shed by a weeping birch tree.  I gathered them up, and shaped them into a circle, then wrapped the circle with thread to hold it together.  I added a twisted wire hanger at the top.

And, here’s how to make it:

Happy Weaving! Enjoy making wreaths 🙂

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How to weave a tiny toy bunny rabbit

Yesterday, I showed a sketch of a tiny toy bunny rabbit that I designed.

Here are a couple of them:

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I have just uploaded the video for how to weave the toy bunny on the Dewberry Ridge Thumbelina Loom:

The bunnies are about 2 1/2 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches tall.

They are quick and easy to make and fit in a pocket or would make a great stocking stuffer.

Happy Weaving!

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Thumbelina Loom – How to weave Chubby Fairies

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A pair of Chubby Fairies demanded to be woven for my Garden shawl….

So, of course….

I had to say, “Yes!”

And here’s what I designed:

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Here’s the YouTube video on how to weave them:

 

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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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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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