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Cutting garments into fabric strips to weave and knit

The flu knocked me for a loop, and as I have been slowly pulling myself out of it, I haven’t had much energy, so my blog has slipped off the rails.

I did want to mention, however, that I made a video about cutting up garments to upcycle them by weaving or knitting with the fabric strips.

In early October, my son in law’s step-dad passed away.

This was, of course, very hard on our grandson.

I talked with him about what it meant to him to have his ‘other’ grampa (not my husband) pass away.

I asked him if he needed something of his grampa’s to hold onto, and he said yes.

So, I asked for a couple of Bill’s shirts so I could make comfort critters with them.

I cut them up and wove them into kittys, as that was what my grandson asked for, so he has one, and other family members have them too.  (I didn’t photograph all of them).

I also knitted a teddy bear for one of our relatives, as he is definitely a teddy bear guy 🙂

The bear and kittys have been well received and they do carry the love that went into every stitch of making them.

I’ve done this before, and have found that ‘compassion critters’ made from upcycled clothing of a dear one is very comforting for people in grief.

Every little thing helps….

Here’s the video:

The woven kitties and knitted bear are made from the following patterns:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/88710…

and https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/27430…

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Kitty Cat to weave on the Thumbelina loom

There is a huge ginger cat that ‘owns’ our neighbourhood.

Thumbelina Kitty 1 (c)

It scares the living daylights out of our tiny dogs, and often can be seen sporting a fine ‘mouse-tache’.

Obviously, the neighbourhood mice live in trepidation of Ginger cat, too.

Sometimes, it will come to the window of my studio and watch me weave.

Thumbelina Kitty 2 (c)

Here is my  ‘Ode to the Enormous Ginger Cat’, woven on the Thumbelina loom,

and a how to video, so you can weave one, too.

This is a flat motif, meant to be appliqued to another piece.

To order  a Thumbelina loom, please go to:  (I designed the Thumbelina loom, but don’t build them)

Thumbelina Li'l Weaver

 

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New woven toys

I have a passion for weaving toys that are not just for children, but also to light up the heart of adults, too.

Over the last year, I have been designing and weaving all manner of  woven wonderfuls for my booth in all the heaps of artisan’s markets and maker’s faires that I have been doing.

Which is why I have been rather remiss in blogging – it’s all about the weaving, these days 🙂

It’s been a pleasure to let my imagination run wild and create one of a kind pieces without worrying about having to make sure that I can repeat the process to make patterns.

Not to imply that I don’t like designing and making patterns- I really do!

BUT…. it’s delicious to simply let my hands fly and listen to what emerges….  and to respond to what WANTS to emerge!  In which case, I have had to build a series of new little looms to keep up with those ‘wanting weavies’. 🙂

Here are a few of my latest pieces:

I never get tired of weaving homages to Albert Einstein 🙂

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Everyone in our family really likes gargoyles, so I had to weave one (and I feel the need to weave more! LOL)

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And, we all quite like frogs- in fact, the joyous uproar of frog song in springtime is one of our favorite things!

This fellow seems very affable to me….

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This Debonaire Ginger Cat is actually based on one of my patterns that is available on my website LINK or on my etsy shop.

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And, for that matter, the pattern for dragons woven on the potholder loom is also available on my website:

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And now, back to ‘one of a kinds’ – This is Dumpling Darling:

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Ahhhhhhhh, babies….. I love to weave babies of all descriptions, like baby piglets:

 

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and baby hippos:

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Oh, yes, a monster or two….

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And, sometimes, a fairy toadstool wants me to weave it….

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At Christmas, I wove a capybara for my son in law:

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and a fox:

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So, now you see why my blogging hasn’t been up to scratch in 2013…. 🙂  Too busy weaving….

But…. I do plan on being more active with my blog in 2014….

I have a lot of photos of pieces for my Woven Women show that I haven’t posted, so I need to get back to posting those.  All in good time 🙂

I’ve been better at posting pictures to facebook, so if you would like to follow me on facebook, the link is:

facebook.com/NoreenCroneFindlayDesigns

 

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