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In 2012, I wove a tapestry that was quietly part of a series of tapestries that I have been working on for many years:
In the last few weeks, she has let me know that she wanted to really spread her wings….
So, I wove her a face on my hexagon loom from Dewberry Ridge looms: LINK
I built a little loom to weave hands for her, and stitched on butterflies that I had designed and crocheted many years ago.
I used really thick wire to make and armature for one of the larger butterflies.
And, then, she had wings!
I am so pleased with her, and she is very pleased with me, too!
She’s about 39 inches/100 cm tall and her wingspan is about 22 inches (55 cm).
Here’s a little video that I made about her:
My book, Peg Looms and Weaving Sticks LINK shows you how to weave tapestries on the peg loom.
If you’d like to know how to weave tapestries on the hexagon loom, here’s a how to video:
After a very long, very cold and very snowy and icy winter, I do believe that Spring and Butterflies on their way!
I have always loved mermaids, and I am totally addicted to weaving mermaids these days.
I’ve made a video showing how I used my Mermaid pattern on etsy to weave Mermaids of different sizes on peg looms.
I took the original Mermaid that looked like this for the pattern:
And added a wooden face, leather hands, a little tatting, and a seashell:
She was woven on 1/4 inch diameter weaving sticks and is about 11 or 12 inches tall.
Also woven on the 1/4 inch diameter weaving sticks is this Mermaid, woven with hand spun art yarn and needle felted:
The same etsy pattern can be used to make totally different mermaids by changing the size of pegs or weaving sticks used and different thicknesses of yarns.
I used the smallest pegs on my 6 inch peg loom to weave the smallest Mermaid, who’s about 7 or 8 inches tall.
She’s woven on the 1/8th inch pegs.
The Mermaid woven with the 3/8 inch pegs is about 20 inches tall:
I did some geometric pattern weaving in her body, but it’s a little hard to see in this pic.
I used 2 strands of a very bulky chenille yarn held together to weave the largest Mermaid, who is around 28 inches tall.
When I was weaving the different sizes, I did tweak the pattern somewhat to adjust for the differences in the size of the pegs and thickness of the yarns.
Here’s the link to the pattern in my etsy shop: LINK
(sorry – it’s not free)
Happy weaving and happy Mermaiding!
The looms are from Dewberry Ridge Looms: LINK
My book: Peg Looms and Weaving Sticks is available from all your favorite online book sellers, and can be ordered through your local book store. It’s full of weaving yes-ness!
Here’s the video about the Mermaid dolls:
When someone on facebook asked if it was possible to weave tapestry on triangle looms, I thought: ‘Great question!’
and then … ‘Of course it is!’
and then….’I have to try it to see if it really is!’
I had been mulling over weaving a new Mermaid tapestry for quite awhile, and had woven narrow bands on my Structo 4 harness loom as well as my rigid heddle box loom, to start.
I had a big ‘aha!’ about weaving the rest of the mermaid using my 14 inch triangle loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms. LINK
Because there are a few things to know about weaving tapestry on a triangle loom, I made a short video as part of the video about the Blue Butterfly Mermaid tapestry – it’s close to the end of the video.
I used other looms to weave the other elements of the tapestry: a hexagon woven in copper wire on the Lily Speed o Weave Loom, narrow bands woven on the 4 harness vintage Structo loom, narrow bands woven on a rigid heddle box loom, 2 small triangles woven on the 7 inch Lil Weaver loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms and some tatting.
The hair is twisted cord made with a cord twister from Lacis.com.
The metallic threads used in the tapestry are from Kreinik. LINK
Here’s the video:
For many months, I have been working really hard on new mixed media fiber art sculptures.
The 6th Sense is intuition/inspiration/imagination.
These one of a kind art dolls are based on dreams, memories, meditations and contemplations and are an invitation to embrace creativity, healing and wholeness.
They are a combination of tapestry weaving, narrow band weaving, lucet cords, tatting, knitting, wood work wire work and leather work.
Here’s a slide show video of my 6th Sense One of a Kind Art dolls.
Most of the 6th Sense One of a Kind Art Dolls in the video are for sale, but some of them have already sold and gone to live in their new homes.
I am just over the moon 🙂
I love working with Lucet cords, and sometimes, I work with miles of them.
So, I wanted to be able to make oodles of lucet cords more quickly.
After a LOT of tinkering around, and much experimenting and many different iterations, I was happy with the prototype for the Latchet Lucet.
I talked to Donna and Gary McFarland at Dewberry Ridge Looms to see if they were interested in making it.
Gary is a master craftsman and excellent designer.
He took my design and fine tuned and honed it and here is the result:
This glorious piece of work:
Here it is, attached to the table with the spiffy clamp that Gary found after a lot of research:
It is a very happy tool for co-creating with the Thumbelina, Mollie Whuppie, Vasilisa and Star looms.
(well…. any and all looms, really).
Here’s a video of it in action:
Here’s the link to order one:
The projects made with Lucet cords in the following videos work perfectly with the cords made with the Latchet Lucet:
It’s just sooooooooooooooo much fun!
I made a video that shows how to weave square, triangle and diagonal motifs on the Thumbelina, Mollie Whuppie and Vasilisa looms.
But… it was 2 hours long! Whoa! That’s just too long.
So, I thought: I wonder if I can figure out how to ‘fast forward’ it?
And, I did!
But, I think that I got a little enthusiastic with the fast forward function- LOL!
I turned a 2 hour video into a 2 MINUTE video!
Prepare for take off… buckle your seat belt…. here we go!
Um…. next time, I might not speed things up ~quite~ so much!
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:
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.
And, here’s the video
The Bound Double Damascus Edge works beautifully to finish Peg loom woven fabric:
It’s sturdy and secure.
Here’s a video about how to do the Double Damascus edge and then how to stitch over it for a Bound finish.