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Woven Star Baby – 1

Many years ago, I had a wonderful dream about the Northern Lights.

I dreamt that thousands of shooting stars were streaming down the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis), but when I looked closer, I saw that the shooting stars were actually Star Babies ūüôā

They were laughing, tumbling and frolicing in delight.

It was a wonderful dream, and ever since then, I have designed and made variations on the theme of ‘Star Baby’.

Here’s my woven Star Baby:

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STAR BABY TO WEAVE ON THE DEWBERRY RIDGE STAR AND THUMBELINA LOOMS

DESIGNED BY NOREEN CRONE-FINDLAY ©

These woven Starbabies can hang up as ornaments or be pinned to a lapel or just played with as cute little dolls.

 

FINISHED SIZE: Approximately 5 inches/12.5 cm tall.

WHAT YOU NEED: Dewberry Ridge Star and Thumbelina Looms, Latch hook lucet from Dewberry Ridge Looms or a regular lucet.

About an ounce/28 gm star colored yarn and about and ounce/28 gm yarn for the body.

Face: 1 inch/2.5 cm diameter button and a 1 ¬Ĺ inch/3 cm diameter circle of lightweight fabric.¬† Needle and thread to gather the fabric circle.

Features: Fine tip permanent marking pens, light pink crayon for cheeks.

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WEAVE:

1 Star following the instructions that came with the Star loom from Dewberry Ridge Looms

1 Thumbelina arch shape following the instructions that came with the Thumbelina loom, also from Dewberry Ridge Looms.

 

Make 2 LUCET cords:

Arms: 2 ¬Ĺ inches/ 6.25 cm

Legs: 3 ¬Ĺ inches/ 8/75 cm

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ASSEMBLING THE STAR BABY:

Fold the Arch shape in half.

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Stitch the Center back edges together to become the body. Leave the lower edge open.

For the head, leave half of the arch not stitched.

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FACE:

Stitch around the outside edge of the fabric circle,

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then place the button on the circle. Pull up on the thread to gather the circle of fabric tightly.

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Stitch in place on the back several times to secure the stitching.

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Draw the features onto the face.

The seam is at the back of the body.

Place the face button onto the head.  Pull the edges of the head forward and over the edges of the button.

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Take the needle and thread through the back of the head and park it for now.

Thread a length of yarn  into the weaving needle, then take the needle through the edge stitches. Pull up to gather the head around the face.

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Wrap around the neck several times.

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Take the yarn end to the back of the head and stitch in place to anchor it.

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Use the sewing thread to stitch through the back of the head to secure the face button in place.

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In Part 2, I’ll show you how to finish the Star Baby.

This is a tiny video that I made to introduce the Star Babies:

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6th Sense Woven Woman Art Doll- The Light of Courage

Here is my latest ‘6th Sense’ Woven Woman one of a kind art doll: The Light of Courage:

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The 6th Sense is actually 3 senses rolled into one: Intuition, Inspiration and Imagination.

We all need our 6th Sense to be working well these days, which is why I am making one of a kind art dolls in honor of our Sixth Sense.

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The pink wire star was made using the Star loom that I designed for Dewberry Ridge looms: Link

The copper wire behind the wire star on her forehead was woven on the potholder loom.

Her face and hands are wooden.

The star over her heart is copper wire that I crocheted:

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Because tatting is so contemplative, I have added some tatted elements that I tatted, using tatting shuttles that I made for myself:

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I wove the Dragonfly on the Dragonfly loom that I designed for Dewberry Ridge Looms: Link

The 6 pennies = 6 cents= a metaphor for  The 6th Sense

I wove the fabric for her on 3 small looms: Inkle, 4 harness Structo,  and potholder loom.

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I made wooden butterfly wings for her back:

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The butterfly wings and dragonfly on the front are symbolic of transformation.

She is 16 inches/42 cm tall by 7 1/2 inches/19 cm wide by 3 1/2 inches/9 cm thick at the base, tapering up to 1 1/2 inches /4 cm thick at the top.

 

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How to weave a tiny toy bunny rabbit

Yesterday, I showed a sketch of a tiny toy bunny rabbit that I designed.

Here are a couple of them:

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I have just uploaded the video for how to weave the toy bunny on the Dewberry Ridge Thumbelina Loom:

The bunnies are about 2 1/2 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches tall.

They are quick and easy to make and fit in a pocket or would make a great stocking stuffer.

Happy Weaving!

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Thumbelina Loom and Siobhan the Mermaid get out and about

Just over a week ago, my lovely husband and I went to a gorgeous symphony concert at Convocation Hall at the University in Edmonton AB.

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When I got home, I thought… hmmm…. I have friends who take their little carved wooden dolls on outings with them- and I haven’t been remembering to do that….. ¬†(I carve little wooden dolls that I call my ‘Story Door Dolls’- they are inspired by Hitty Dolls.)

And, I also thought…. I am working on a bunch of new ideas for my Thumbelina loom, as well as doing the Inktober challenge (hopefully arriving at drawings that will work for tiny tapestries to be woven on Thumbelina)

So, it made sense to me to find a very small tin or box that my Thumbelina, some yarn, a little yarn snipper and a wooden doll would fit in so they could travel about with me.

The winner of the ‘Who gets to go with me on this weekend’s fun events’ was Siobhan, the tiny mermaid:

I carved her last year, and she does love a good adventure, but hasn’t gotten out much lately, so she’s pleased.

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Here’s Siobhan and Thumbelina in their little traveling tin.

(I would love to have a tiny suitcase that they could travel in!)

We were at the Edmonton Symphony orchestra Mozart concert this past weekend, and during a pre-concert lecture, I sneaked Thumbelina  and Siobhan out, and did a little bit of weaving.

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Siobhan wanted to take a peek at the orchestra when they started to file in and sit down:

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But she was quite alarmed by the noise of all the instruments tuning up, so she opted to dive back into the tin and listen to the concert (it was divine!) from the safety and comfort of her wooly little nest with her friend, Thumbelina.

Besides, it was time to turn my phone off, and bask in the glory of Mozart!

The next day, Siobhan was delighted that she and Thumbelina got to go out to lunch…

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She thought that that was just delightful!

But, now the other wooden dolls are feeling rather jealous that Siobhan had all the fun while they stayed home…

oh dear…. I guess I will have to remember to take them on adventures, too.

 

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Woven Women: 6th Sense One of a Kind Art Dolls

I have been working on  new handwoven one of a kind art dolls.

They are a somewhat different approach to my Woven Women Mixed Media pieces.

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Earlier this summer, I read a wonderful book, called: A Monk in the Beehive.

The author spoke about humanity needing to come to our senses, and to connect with our sixth sense, which is wisdom, intuition, peacefulness and integrity towards the planet.

This moved me deeply, and I have been thinking about it  a lot.

This is how I have woven these thoughts together- in the first 3 of a series of ‘6th Sense’ Woven Women.

Each one is totally one of a kind.

I wove them as contemplations on wisdom, compassion, kindness, peace and peace making, connection, and a longing to care for the planet.

As I created each one, I would hold thoughts of wellness, integrity, and all the other attributes that I mentioned previously.

Weaving is a meditation in motion, and there is love in every stitch.

There is joy ¬†and tenderness in the making of the ‘6th Sense’ art dolls.

 

They are all approximately 17 inches tall and they can either stand and lean on a shelf, or be hung from the woven hanging loop on the back of the head.

Each one has 6 pennies- ¬†six cents- to represent the Sixth Sense, in all it’s manifestations.

I wove each of the 6th Sense Woven Women Art Dolls on many different looms, using a wide variety of techiques.

Here’s a video of ‘6th Sense- Intuition’, ¬† ¬†‘6th Sense- Deep Peace’ and

‘6th Sense- Listening to The Voice of Wisdom’:

Photos:

‘6th Sense- INTUITION’:

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‘6th Sense- Deep Peace’

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‘6th Sense- Listening to The Voice of Wisdom’

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If you are interested in purchasing a¬†‘Woven Women- 6th Sense’ One of a Kind Art Doll,

please contact me

 

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Thumbelina Loom – How to Weave a Hedgehog

The Hedgehog

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is the last in the series of fanciful beings that I designed to be woven on the Thumbelina loom and appliqued to my Garden Shawl.
 

 

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Thumbelina Loom- How to weave a puppy dog motif

Our little dogs are always ‘commenting’ on life in almost every video tutorial that I make,

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so it makes sense to weave a little puppy dog….

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Thumbelina Loom – How to weave Gnomes

Every garden needs Gnomes in it, right?

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These Gnomes are woven using the Thumbelina Loom and the 2 inch Wiz loom from Dewberrry Ridge Looms.

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Thumbelina Loom – How to weave Chubby Fairies

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A pair of Chubby Fairies demanded to be woven for my Garden shawl….

So, of course….

I had to say, “Yes!”

And here’s what I designed:

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Here’s the YouTube video on how to weave them:

 

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Triangle Loom – Weaving on the Bias and Working an Opening at the Neck

This video tutorial shows 2 techniques that I have figured out for weaving on the triangle loom.

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The first technique is a way of weaving bias on the tri loom, based on how I weave on potholder looms.

I really like this technique because of all the creative potential it offers.

I’ll be posting more videos about it, showing more of the things that can be done with it.

The second technique shows how to weave a shaped neckline on the triangle loom.

Weaving a notched opening at the neck makes the shawl fit much better, and gives a lovely turned collar.

I am covering this shawl with appliqued motifs that I have woven on my Thumbelina loom to create an homage to Gardens.

I will post a video of the Garden Shawl when it’s done.
NOTE: Sorry about the sound going all muffled at times…. I was wrestling with the camera while weaving, so please just forgive me and don’t bother posting complaints about the bad sound unless you are sending money to buy better equipment. I’ll do better next time.

By the way, I have the loom set up to the 7 foot configuration for this shawl.

The loom and stand are from: https://www.dewberryridge.com/collections/triangle-looms

It’s a joy to weave with!

Happy, happy weaving!

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