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Taking the Scenic Route with My Carving

When my husband and I talk about ‘taking the scenic route’, what we are really saying is:

“Well, that certainly didn’t go the way I expected it to, but we/I/it  ~’got there’~  in the end!”.

Several of my carvings did that this past week.

For instance, I was convinced that one particular little piece of  upcycled birch wood

(‘upcycled’ because it came from a tree that died and was cut down, but didn’t go to the landfill, and this piece didn’t go into the fire)

wanted to be a Panda bear Spoon Doll.

I drew a Panda bear with a heart.

I sat down and started carving.

A Panda bear…..

which, after several hours of carving, finally pointed out to me that,

really, all it wanted was for me to finally twig to the fact that it is a Kitten.

Sigh.   She made herself heard… eventually!

And, so, she became a Ginger Kitten with Mittens, Thank you very much.

Thank goodness there was just enough wood to make sure that she had a perfectly question mark shaped tail.

Now, every time I look at her and turn her over in my hand, where she fits so sweetly,

I feel very happy.

Another little carving – a Hug Sister Spoon Doll let me know that I had totally missed the boat on her face and hair.

I was puzzled and twitchy about what was going on with her.

The face that I had painted on her was just so NOT her!

I’m not going to post a pic of the ‘wrong’ face, because it was wrong.

I thought and thought about her, then had an ‘aha’ .

I  went to the studio did  something else entirely different than the ‘aha’ to give her the face she wanted.

Isn’t that often the way?

I did what felt right, though, and was thrilled that, indeed – it WAS right!

She finally looks like she is supposed to!

Yay!

I rushed off to show her to my husband

and did a little happy dance

and he joined me in the happy dance and

that made us both happy 🙂

(We are possibly the world’s WORST dancers, but that doesn’t stop us from doing little dances together in the kitchen

almost every day, and laughing and thanking goodness that no one can see us).

So, anyhow, this little Hug Sister Spoon Doll brought a little happiness into the world,

and that’s a good thing, I do believe.

And, the other day, I noticed that the ‘Kindness’ Spoon Doll had a problem.

I had written the words: ‘The Small Book of Kindness’ on her little book with permanent fine Sharpie,

and, oh, no! The walnut oil that I used to finish her had eaten the words…. they had faded from the cover of the book.

Eep.

So, with great trepidation, I used my wood burner to burn the words onto the cover, and was enormously relieved

that the whole thing didn’t explode or catch fire- what with all the coats of walnut oil soaked into her!

Unfortunately, it’s much messier than the  original words were. Sigh.

I also had been troubled by the heart looking more like a dagger than a kind and loving heart, so I re-carved it.

Now it’s softly rounded and kindly shaped heart. Whew. That’s better.

The Scenic Route.

Sometimes, it takes a few ‘goes’ to get to the place that feels just right.

Some people  think that getting it wrong is a disaster.

Nope.  It’s essential to be willing to take chances and see if something works.

If it doesn’t, then trying again

and again

until it does.

It’s a challenging and interesting path to follow, but it’s a good one.

Here’s to the Scenic Route!  It makes life so rich and interesting!

My week has been full of other ‘Scenic Route’ carving, but more about them, later.

Be well! Be safe, and be kind….

 

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Teneriffe Lace Bee- Teneriffe Lace Weave Along

I LOVE this Bee 🙂

She’s a combination of Teneriffe Lace and tapestry weaving.

She was woven on the Triangle shaped Teneriffe Lace loom that I designed and Dewberry Ridge Looms makes.

The looms can be ordered from:  LINK

Here’s the video:

The links for all the installments in the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along are at:  LINK

Happy weaving!  Happy Lace Making!

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Teneriffe Lace Weave Along Fairy Hair

In my last post, I showed how to make a Teneriffe Lace Fairy.

The video got so long that I decided to make the ‘Hair making’ video separately.

And, so, here’s the video showing how to make the hair for the Teneriffe Lace Fairies 🙂

The links for all the videos in the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along is   L I N K

 

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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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Teneriffe Lace Weave Along Butterfly Two

The Teneriffe Lace Weave Along continues with the second Teneriffe Lace Butterfly.

It’s woven using both the triangular and square Teneriffe Lace looms that I designed and Dewberry Ridge Looms makes (beautifully!)

To purchase the looms, please go to: LINK

Here’s the video for how to make the second Teneriffe Lace Butterfly:

The links to all of the installments of the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along are at: LINK

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Teneriffe Lace Butterfly made on triangular lace loom

This is the first Teneriffe Lace Butterfly in the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along.

It’s made with the triangular Teneriffe Lace loom that I designed and Dewberry Ridge Looms builds and sells.

Here’s the video on how to make the First Butterfly:

For the link to all the links in the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along, please go to: LINK

To purchase the looms from Dewberry Ridge, please go to: LINK

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Teneriffe Lace Weave Along- Butterfly Body

The Teneriffe Lace Butterfly Body is a basic shape that is very useful and will be used in more than just making lace butterflies.

Here’s the video showing how to make it:

The links to all the other ‘how to’s’ for the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along are at: LINK

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Teneriffe Lace Weave Along – Project One- The Heart

Here’s the first project in the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along-  The Heart:

In the video, I’ll show you how to stitch the Teneriffe Lace shapes together to make the Heart.

You’ll also learn how to fill in gaps between shapes.

Here’s the video:

Here’s the link to the post that has all the videos in the Weave Along:  LINK

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Teneriffe Lace Triangle Motif

One of the foundation shapes for the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along is the Triangle:

Here’s the video on how to make the Triangle:

Here’s the link for the post that has all the links for the Teneriffe Lace Weave Along: LINK

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