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Happy times at winter festival

Yesterday, and the day before, my daughter, daughter in love and I were participants in the artisan’s market of the Deep Freeze Winter Festival in Edmonton, Alberta.

It was great fun- the volunteers were a delight – here I am with darling Bernice in her wonderful winter celebration hat that she lovingly made with paper mache and all manner of glitteries:

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I loved the wonderful conversations that I had with people who were enjoying the festival.

One little guy just charmed me to bits…. he was an epic weaver, and a total cutie….

He had me hopping, as he was Mr SuperFast and keeping up with his flying little fingers was a challenge! 😀

I wish that the video was just a few seconds longer, to catch our discussion about him wanting me to give him the shirt that I will be making from the fabric.

He didn’t see that I really wanted to keep it for myself as being at all reasonable! LOL!

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copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay

After each artisan’s market or maker’s faire, I am always very touched when I think back to some of the remarkable conversations that I have with people.

Often, people will share deeply meaningful glimpses into their lives.

I always feel like I have been offered a precious little jewel in the glimpse of their journey that they reveal to me.

It’s one of the many things that keeps me coming back as a participant in these magical events.

And, I also feel enormous joy when someone comes to my table or booth, and then responds with delight, and laughter and, sometimes, even tears, when they connect with something that I have designed and made.

Now, THAT is magic beyond measure!!!!

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay

There were all kinds of wonderful things happening outside during the festival.

This gorgeous horse was carved in snow outside our venue. I LOVED it!

It was a delightful weekend, and even though I didn’t get to see the festival as a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed my little corner of it! 🙂

PS: This post: Viking Dress LINK explains why I am dressed the way I am in the photo.

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Another healing/prayer shawl made with the mitered loop method

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Last week, I wrote about weaving healing and prayer shawls on my Cricket Loom, using a method that I have developed (the mitered loop shawl). Here’s the link to the tutorial

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This is one of the shawls that I have just woven for my daughter. The colors didn’t show up at all well… sigh. It’s much prettier in person! Much more turquoise-y.

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Weaving a healing or prayer shawl on the Cricket loom

Recently, my sister-in-law had an abscess in her brain, which is devastating and life threatening.

Her friends and family rallied around her and have formed a loving caregiving team.

I decided that as part of my caregiving, I would weave healing and prayer shawls for her and some of her closest friends.

So, I warped up the Cricket Loom from Schacht (I love this loom…. it’s beautifully engineered and weaves like a dream. It’s small enough to be portable – you can weave in the car, and big enough to handle full size projects.)

Here’s the Cricket warped up for one of the healing / prayer shawls:

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I put approximately 150 inches of warp onto the loom, which is pushing the limit, but there’s a reason for that.

I used Caron Simply Soft combined with some tweed weaving thread from my stash for the warp, and the tweed thread for the weft.

I used 2 strands of yarn in each of the slots and holes. I put the tweed yarn only in the holes and the mixture of yarns in the slots.

After I wove the long strip of fabric, I folded it, and stitched the ends together like this:

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This forms a long loop. Trim the excess warp strands to a few inches. If you use a sewing machine, use a zig zag stitch. If you do it by hand, work a Philipine edge first to secure the warp strands

Now, fold the ends into points:

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Pin the folds in place, and sew the center seam. Stitch the ends in place, and steam and press.

Voila! a beautiful  healing or prayer shawl:

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