All through the Covid pandemic, I have been working on designing and fine tuning a large new Teneriffe Lace loom that is my response to the situation that we are all in.
I wanted to create a loom that would be a way of celebrating love, compassion, kindness, resiliency, hope and friendship. The image that came up for me was of hearts and flowers.
So, I have designed a large Teneriffe Lace loom that is meant to be woven on with thicker yarns or threads than ‘normal’ and to be much larger than ‘normal’.
Here’s a video introduction to the loom. NOTE: The list of the ‘how to’ videos is further down this post.
At the beginning of March 2020, a very kind lady sent me a pair of ‘Polka’ Teneriffe looms to say thank you for all the hard work that I put into writing the ‘Potholder Loom Weaving’ book.
I was delighted with them- but didn’t like the way the foundation strand was put onto them.
So, I figured out a different way of continuously chaining on the foundation chain.
I also figured out a way of warping the loom continuously, and then had to work out the logistics of weaving the heart and flower motifs, and, also, how to get the motifs off the loom in a workable way.
I wove hundreds of samples and made dozens of variations on the looms.
Lots of them became firewood 🙂
BUT eventually I arrived at the configuration that I love.
Gary McFarland is the mastermind behind the CNC machine at Dewberry Ridge Looms and he has added his finesse to the final version of the loom.
The Teneriffe Lace Weave Along continues with a Teneriffe Lace Angel.
I have always loved paper dolls, and when I was designing this angel and the fairy from the previous 2 posts, I felt like I was making Teneriffe Lace paper dolls!
The Teneriffe Lace Angel can be hung in a window or on a wall or in a plant or a Christmas tree or they can become part of a freeform lace project or stitched to a bag or pillow or curtain or garment….
The sky is the limit… wherever they take your imagination!
The components that are used to make the Teneriffe Lace Angel are all shown in how to videos in previous installments of the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along: L I N K S
Here’s the how to video:
And, here is the link to purchase the looms that I designed and Dewberry Ridge Looms makes:
There are 4 ‘Foundation’ shapes (and a bunch of supplemental shapes) for the Teneriffe Lace projects that I have designed to be made using 2 tiny looms that are available from Dewberry Ridge Looms. (see the link below for info to order the looms)
Today’s installment in the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along is ‘How to Weave the Basic Square Teneriffe Lace Motif’:
For the complete list of posts in the Weave Along, please click on the link below…. note that it is constantly being updated.
I absolutely love making Teneriffe Lace, and have designed a set of lovely little looms and a whole bunch of delightful projects to make with them.
I am making a series of ‘how to’ videos that show how to make all the shapes, and then how to use them to create lovely projects.
I’ll place the links to the blog posts that have the how to videos and diagrams on this post to make it easy for people to click on the one that they are looking for.
I designed the looms, but don’t have the time (I am working on another new book as well as a solo show of my new Woven Women- wow… busy!) or the equipment to be able to make the looms, so I have asked Donna and Gary McFarland of Dewberry Ridge Looms if they would make the looms.
I have been absent from the world of social media for quite awhile- I was working to deadline on a book.
It swallowed me completely, and I vanished for awhile. (I met the deadline! Yay! And my editor likes it! Yay!)
But then, I got sick (ugh) and have been taking naps to recover, and didn’t have the jam to deal with blogging or dealing with the interwebs, so I didn’t.
Now, I’m on the mend. And, working on new projects.
And taking lots of naps.
Oh my… this afternoon, something delicious happened that has made me need to pop back into the world of bloggdom.
Today, I received a wonderful little package in the mail.
It was from my sister. ❤
In the box was this little, oh so magical wee box of delights.
I opened the tiny old box and squealed with joy-
A treasure that my sister’s dear mother in law had found at an antique sale, bless her heart!
My sister has been cherishing this precious little box of heaven and, (bless her heart, too), decided that I would enjoy it, so she mailed it to me. ❤
Sigh…. so much happiness in a little package!
I love Teneriffe lace and was ecstatic to see the awesome little brass loom.
And, a hairpin lace loom and some bone tools that will be lovely to use in small loom weaving.
I had to warp up the Teneriffe loom- how could I resist?
The little Teneriffe motif is wonky as all get out, but I think I should send it to my sister, doncha think?
PS: (added the day after I originally posted about the Teneriffe Loom) I’ve been working with the Teneriffe Lace Loom, and have polished up my technique as I am working on a video to show how to do this technique with upcycled materials.
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