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Weaving swatches on the potholder loom for color and pattern design

Weaving swatches and samples with yarn to learn about color and pattern on the potholder loom is a great design tool, and the bonus is that you end up with some stellar squares that can be used (and gifted!) as potholders or stitched together to make fabulous projects.

Here’s a video that shows why:

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Potholder Loom Book- Baskets

I love baskets.   I love weaving them and I love using them.

These soft baskets  hold a lot of stuff, and fit great on shelves and into cube shelving.

When they are  empty, they are easy to store, because they fold flat.  You can fill a soft woven basket with other soft woven baskets until they are needed.

I designed a whole bunch of them for my new Potholder Loom Weaving book.

The baskets are a compendium of a slew of techniques (some of which I figured out for the book) that can also be used in all kinds of other ways- the sky’s the limit on the creative possibilities!

By the way, the baskets work great as market bags or project bags.


Here’s the video:



The Potholder Loom Weaving book is available now online for pre-ordering and will be available in stores and online worldwide in January of 2020.

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Potholder Loom Weaving book- preview- Wall Hangings

I was asked by someone yesterday what loom to buy to learn how to weave wall hangings.

What a great question!  Why?  Because I designed lots of wall hangings for my new book: Potholder Loom Weaving

The book is available for pre-ordering from all the online booksellers and will be available in bookstores in early 2020. Here’s a link: L I N K

And here are links to order potholder looms:

Harrisville Designs

Dewberry Ridge

Wool Novelty Co

And, here is a video showing a sneak peek at the Wall Hangings in the book:



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Can you weave tapestry on potholder loom? why, yes!

One of my Ravelry buddies just shared photos of a lovely little tapestry loom that he’s built.

He then commented that Noreen would probably say that you can weave tapestries on her beloved potholder looms.

And, of course, I chirrupped up: “Funny you should mention that, but Y E S you can! ”

Last year, after the devastation of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, I was very upset, and sat down with my sketchbook.

I did a little drawing that made me sit up and say: “I could weave that!”

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So, I whipped out my Harrisville potholder loom (Link to Harrisville) and cut a square of cardboard to fit inside it.

I made a cartoon of the basic elements of the drawing: A circle inside a square, and taped it to the cardboard.

I decided to use all Harrisville yarns and fibers in this piece, so I warped up with warp yarn from Harrisville.

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I used a table fork to beat the weft strands:

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When I was finished, I wove an inkle border on my Schacht Inkle loom

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I saw how the circle could become a face, so I warped up, again, and wove this:

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And, this face made me think of the sun, so of course, I had to weave a companion,

‘Song to the Moon’: woven with yarn from my stash

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Normally, I dislike fringes, but this piece demanded them, so I faithfully added them.

I was intrigued by weaving the expressive little faces (remember, the potholder loom yields a woven piece that is 6 inches square)

so…. with handspun yarn and stash yarn, I wove this little tapestry:

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I have been meaning to block these little tapestries, but have been busy with so many other things that I haven’t gotten around to it.

But, when Misha joked about me weaving tapestries on the potholder loom, I thought…

“Well, they’re not blocked, but so what! I’ll post a note about them anyhow!”

So, when my ‘to do’ list calms down a little, I will, um…. I might get them blocked!

Until then, keep on weaving! I am….  😀

And, don’t forget to check out my other potholder loom weaving on my website: LINK

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“Keep Calm and Carry On” Banner to weave and spool knit

During the second world war, the British people were encouraged to hang on in a challenging time by posters that said: ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’.

Keep Calm and Carry On Banner by Noreen Crone-Findlay (c)

Well, times are challenging again, and the advice to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ is still worthy!
So, I decided to weave a banner with these notable words emblazoned on it.
I made a pattern with lots of photos and step by step how-to’s. (It’s what I do well 😀 )

Keep Calm and Carry On Banner by Noreen Crone-Findlay (c)

I think that it would make a wonderful gift. And it’s fun to make, too!
I wove it on a  potholder loom, but any loom that gives you a 6 or 7 inch square would work just fine.

If you are not a fan of spool knitting (although, in the pattern,  I show how to quickly spool knit on 3 pegs) then you might want to buy yourself a Latchet Lucet from Dewberry Ridge looms: LINK
The pdf pattern can be ordered for $5 (paypal or etransfer) by sending me an email Contact

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Woven Gnomes and their house

I am doing a major happy dance.  For the last year, I have been working on a whole lot of things, and it’s been frustrating to not get them out into the world.

Well… I am finishing them up and getting them up on my website.  Happy happy dancing!!!!

So, taddah! Here are the latest of my new designs to be launched: Mr and Mrs Gnome and their Gnome House to weave on the potholder loom.

Potholder-loom-Gnomes-and- Gnome-house-by Noreen Crone-Findlay (c)

There are so many neat things about the Gnomes and their Gnome home:

The roof of the house opens, so you can store treasures inside it, or reach inside to place little pieces of furniture for the Gnomes.

The house is woven with cotton loops on the potholder loom.


Potholder-loom-Gnomes-and- Gnome-house-by Noreen Crone-Findlay (c)

There are windows for Mr & Mrs Gnome to peek out of. The door opens & closes.

Instructions for how to weave the door & windows & chimney are included.

The Gnome house is trimmed with spool knitted cord.

Potholder-loom-Gnomes-and- Gnome-house-by Noreen Crone-Findlay (c)

The Gnomes are woven with yarn on the potholder loom. Because they are flat, you can stitch a pin to them to wear on your lapel, hat or bag. Or, they can live in your favorite book to mark your place. They also love to slip into envelopes and fly off to visit friends! They also enjoy hanging out on the branches of Christmas trees.

Potholder-loom-Gnomes-and- Gnome-house-by Noreen Crone-Findlay (c)

There are a lot of unique and innovative new techniques in this pattern- it’s really fun!

This is a truly magical project to inspire your imagination and ignite your creativity!

Here’s a link to my website: Gnomes

I was so excited about the Gnomes that I made a little video about them:

Happy Gnomies and happy weaving! 😀


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