Weaving a Friendship together – Friendship Factor Scarf #1

Weaving a friendship together is the first weaving adventure that Lisa, great friend of mine, decided we wanted to start. Since we both live in different countries we could enjoy virtual time together weaving and enjoy picking out a pattern, yarn and colours. Since I live in Canada and Lisa lives in the USA it makes it difficult to get together and enjoy our making our crafts. Lisa is actually the one who inspired me to try weaving (thank you Lisa! it’s just what I needed for my next fibre adventure). I started with a Frame Loom and worked up to a Rigid Heddle Loom. I am totally hooked on weaving and dream of larger 4 or 8 shaft looms in my studio to create on. I have known Lisa for years, but we have never met. We share a love for crochet and now weaving. Our friendship has evolved along with our artistic adventures to new and exciting directions. You never know where life will take you or who you will meet along the way. Lisa and I will be making various projects together so follow along as we jump into a weaving adventure that virtually brings us together from different countries.

The first scarf is the Friendship Factor scarf. We both went through our weaving magazines and patterns and settled on this lovely one available on Handwoven Magazine’s Little Looms edition, Easy Weaving With Little Looms Summer 2020 – Long Thread Media We chose the Plumage Scarf to weave as our first Friendship Factor scarf. The photo below is from Handwoven Magazine (handwovenmagazine.com) and I hope they don’t mind that I used it as I promote this wonderful weaving pattern. If you are looking for inspiration for your weaving project Handwoven Magazine is a wonderful place to start. Beautiful photo’s and patterns as well as history of weaving, artist, yarns and more are in each volume. You can even buy it online so you can look at it on your phone and computer. I love looking through the older issues and seeing how weaving has evolved over the years. This pattern uses Brooks Bouquet as the main pattern. I really like weaving this pattern it is an interesting design yet easy to do. I previous made a different scarf with the Brooks Bouquet in gray that had a lacey effect, but with this scarf the pattern is spaced differently giving a more texturized look.

This weaving adventure with Lisa was a wonderful journey that I was able to enjoy with a great friend. We took time looking for patterns at each end and both ended up really liking this one. I love that we both used different yarns and colours to achieve the scarf we wanted. Here are our thoughts about the pattern:

Valerie: On my version I chose to make it shorter as I wanted a Fall scarf to wear when out for a walk that was smaller in size. I also wanted to try it with two different colours on the warp and love that it added a stripe effect to the design. I used a darker hand painted yarn with softer colour on the warp and a natural/ivory colour on the weft. Using the ivory/natural on the weft had a subtle effect when I washed the scarf leaving the two other colours to stand out even more. I can’t wait to enjoy wearing this one. I will always think of our great friendship and the enjoyment we had making it every time I wear it.

Lisa: For my version, I chose to use two variegated skeins like the pattern called for because I was curious to see how they would blend together. Plus, I thought it would be a fun addition to my winter wardrobe. To choose my yarn, I looked for colors that look good together and looked for a common color to unite the skeins. In this case it was a mint and a light blue that were close in value. I liked this because it was not the prominent color in either skein, it was what I call the “pop color,” or the color that stands out on a yarn skein. This scarf was a lot of fun to make because I had no idea how the colors would come together – it’s kind of that throw paint on the wall and see what happens effect. Lisa Gossman-Steeves (@lisagossmansteeves)

I really like how Lisa’s turned out with all the beautiful array of colours mingled together. It has inspired me to add this scarf to my make it again list but this time longer and perhaps a thicker yarn like the one Lisa did. Our scarves started with the same pattern yet turned out as unique designs. The Friendship Factor Scarf is an example of how two people can take the same idea and make it completely different. That’s what friendship is about. Two or more people with individualities coming together and creating amazing and unique moments, items and friendships. Try a weaving project or other craft project with your friends. See where that adventure takes you and the beautiful way it weaves your friendship together.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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Plaid mini placemats for Christmas

Christmas time is near and I have begun weaving a series of items to decorate our home with Christmas cheer. I love this time of year when you begin decorating the house making it a nice cozy home for Christmas. You can view my first Christmas inspired weaving adventure on a previous blog post about Christmas Colours inspired mug rugs. With Christmas around the corner I have been yearning to weave with plaid. I am not sure why but they seem to belong together. While searching for a plaid pattern to use online I found this great chart that I thought would be the perfect size for a mini placemat to cozy up a hot bowl of soup.

While searching online for a how to weave plaid I came across this free plaid chart and thought it would be a great place to start. I realize it was the perfect pattern and size for a mini placemats. Since it was already charted it made it easy to make. I have been making a few new items to decorate our home and the colours I have chosen are various grays, ivory, red and green.

The yarn I used was a 4/8 cotton on the warp. On the weft I doubled up the cotton strands. My warp is single stranded and on the weft I also used 4/8 cotton that is double stranded. This is my second project with cotton yarns and I wanted to experiment with yarn a bit and see what would happen if I doubled it on the weft.

Using my Rigid Heddle Loom I warped it as shown in the chart about 60″ in length which made approximately 5 placemats. I like how it turned out with the 2 stranded yarn on the weft. It is a bit thicker and perfect for a placemat. I used a 12.5 dent reed for this placemat.

I followed the chart for warping and working the weft for the mini placemats and the sized they became perfect for a mini placemat for a hot bowl of soup or lunch plate etc.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter and here on my Blog for the newest patterns, free patterns, weaving adventure, crochet journey and other fiber related items. 

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Elegant Rose Scarves and Hand Warmer Collection Crochet Patterns

A collection of elegant rose inspired designs including 3 styles of scarves and 2 lengths of hand/arm warmers. The Elegant Rose collection is a great addition to any wardrobe and can be made with beautiful neutrals as shown or add colour with the base one colour and the flowers and leaves another. See more information or to purchase on my Etsy store. Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

For the Elegant Rose Collection I used beautiful yarn from Sweetgeorgia Yarns in the worsted weight yarn. Most other worsted weight yarns will work for this design. Try a hand painted effect with solid coloured roses to pop the floral accent or a beautiful neutral colour as shown for an elegant touch. The inspiration for these designs is a walk through a rose garden enjoying a beautiful warm day and to keep these memories near to warm you on the colder days of winter. The design on the base of the pieces is inspired by the stone tracery of Gothic Architecture of the past on beautiful cathedrals and buildings. These buildings were often embellished with beautiful stone tracery of leaves, flowers and vines. I love adding an architectural essence to my designs.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at:

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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Have a fibertastic day!

Weaving some Fall Mug Rugs

With Fall just ending in my neck of the woods as we have already had several dustings of snow I wanted to share one of my recent weaving projects with the essence and colours of the autumn season. These are a set of 4 mug rugs I made with my loom perfect for making mug rugs. I like to make seasonal sets for my family so we can each enjoy the beautiful colours and patterns I have woven.

For this Fall set I chose SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five mini skeins in the Harvest colour way to add that special autumn colour to each piece. Each mug rug is done in different stripe combinations to add interest. I love making mug rugs for those I love. It is a very soothing and relaxing way to use your yarn bits and left overs or buy a set of mini skeins and off you go to create your own special mug rugs for those you care about or want to thank.

I hope you are inspired to learn something new today. I starting learning to weave a year ago and I have to say I am so addicted to this new adventure with fibre. I will continue to post more of my designs and weaving journey here so come along for the ride and follow my blog. Who knows where it will take you! Happy fibertastic day!

Valerie Baber Designs Crochet Patterns are available at: Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

Juliette Floral Scarf – crochet pattern

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Juliette Floral Scarf Crochet pattern has a beautiful floral touch to the designed by myself and can be made without the flowers for a more contemporary style. Patterned with 1 skein of sock weight yarn for the plain or solid coloured style or add a set of mini skeins like the Party of Five available on our other listings to add a more vibrant touch. You can also use most Fingerling/sock weight yarns to make this design. Written in US terminology.

The Party of Five mini skeins as well as various sock/fingerling weight yarns by Sweetgeorgia Yarns are available on my website and Etsy store at https://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com and https://www.valeriebaberknitwear.com

The Juliette Floral Collar Scarf features a scalloped edge with a floral touch. The Juliette scarf can be made in a solid colour, multiple colours or without the flowers for a more contemporary style. Inspired by the romantic designs of the Victorian era while walking along an English Garden admiring the flowers along the path. Features an elegant lace design with a modern essence.

YARN
FOR SOLID COLOURED SCARF: 1 skein Fingerling weight/sock weight yarn (shown in the SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock Yarn shown in the gray) (425 yd / 388 m per 4 oz / 115 g per skein; 80% merino, 20% nylon).

FOR MULTI – COLOURED SCARF:
1 skein Fingerling weight/sock weight yarn (shown in the SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock Yarn shown in the shadow) (425 yd / 388 m per 4 oz / 115 g per skein; 80% merino, 20% nylon)
Plus,
1 Set of SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five Mini Skeins (shown in the Tanzanite Colour), (105 yd / 96 m per 1 oz / 28 g skein; 80% merino, 20% nylon)

 

Night Garden Scarf, Crochet Fall Vol 2

Night Garden Scarf crochet pattern designed by Valerie Baber, aka. me, is now available in the Crochet Fall Vol. 2 at Sweetgeorgia Yarns. Take a stroll along the garden, under the moon and stars. A beautiful evening spent enjoying the flowers and foliage found along the path. Embellished with flowers and leaves in beautiful dark tones of purple to blue, the Night Garden Scarf is reminiscent of an enchanted evening.

This collection Includes various other beautiful scarf, hat and hand warmer patterns. You can also purchase the patterns separately.  Available on both their website www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com and on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/sweetgeorgia-yarns/patterns. Buy any 2 patterns from the Vol. 2 collection and get the 3rd Vol. 2 pattern for free! Just use coupon code: CROCHETFALL19 (code expires September 24). Or, if you’d like to get ALL 5 crochet patterns in the entire collection for $21 CAD, just add all the patterns to your cart (no coupon code required, but the sale expires October 4, 11:59pm PST).

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More information on Sweetgeorgia’s blog here:
https://sweetgeorgiayarns.com/2019/09/crochet-fall-with-sweetgeorgia-vol-2/

Look Book here with all beautiful designs, check it out!

Thank you Sweetgeorgia Yarns for asking me to be apart of this stunning collection! It is an honour to work with such amazing people and such beautiful yarns.

Ocean Inspiration scarves

Ocean inspired scarves in various styles handmade and designed by myself.  Each one is One of a Kind in colour or style.  Made with hand painted merino wool to give each design a special touch and style.  You can see more information about each one at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or http://www.valeriebaberknitwear.com

Many new designs including scarves, hand warmers as well as yarns and patterns to make your own scarf.  Have a beautiful day today!

The Floral Eyelet Scarf

Floral Eyelet Scarf – HERE

Stay on trend this season with the NEW Floral Eyelet Scarf! Available in purple, gray and ivory this scarf is ready to ship meaning you can have it just in time for your next big summer event. Perfect to pair with any dress, blouse or t-shirt this versatile scarf is your summer essential.

Pretty in Pink: The Floral Blossom Scarf

Shop the FLORAL BLOSSOM SCARF – HERE

Who doesn’t love wearing pink? Soft & feminine, yet can be made edgy with the right accessories, pink is definitely an essential in all wardrobes. Our NEW Floral Blossom scarf is made out of the highest quality merino wool and 100% recycled silk. It is perfectly light weight for the warmer months, but also functional for the colder temperatures.

Available in two styles: the Blossom Eyelet Collar Scarf and the Blossom Infinity Scarf.