Friendship Factor Scarf – Expressive Weaving

Friendship is a wonderful adventure full of interesting and unique moments that are treasured for a lifetime. The Friendship Factor adventure is continuing with a great friend of mine Lisa (pen and hook). Lisa is the one who inspired me to try weaving and I have to say I am so very thankful. I had no idea I could enjoy working with yarn even more than I had been with crochet and previously knitting. Weaving has been such a joy to learn. I am truly enjoying my weaving adventure as it seems learning new things about weaving is never ending. I love learning new ways to use yarn colour in my designs and look forward to more weaving adventures with Lisa.

For this Friendship Factor Adventure Lisa and I took a course from Handwoven Magazine called Expressive Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom (longthreadmedia.com). We highly recommend this course as a must on your to do list for weaving. The course was really well done and the teacher was very informative and easy to follow. I will warn you be ready to free yourself from the box as this course on Expressive Weaving is very artistic in the teaching and uses many different techniques throughout the course. The skills learned from this course can definitely enhance your weaving techniques and style.

Lisa’s Project:

For our expressive weaving project, trees came to mind so I borrowed my theme from Psalm 1 and made a wall hanging.   

“Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper…” (Psalm 1: 1-3, NRSV).

I also thought of the Tree of Life, which in many world religions symbolizes personal strength and growth. The symbolism means many things, but I love the idea of a tree representing personal strength and growth. Trees are a lot like humans. They have networks and communicate with each other. They react when other trees within their networks are chopped down or suffer from disease. For me, these similarities show a common Creator. 

It was fun making a tapestry on a rigid heddle loom and a challenge to remember which shed I was in since I was working in different areas before advancing the fabric. The best part was forming loops to make a very lush tree.  Wouldn’t it be fun to try this method to make a pillow? Adding the little clouds from snips of an art yarn in my stash was a delight because it worked so well.  It was freeing to go through my yarn with the intent of crafting a picture rather than a scarf or other item and envisioning the fibers in a different way. The hardest part was attaching the tapestry to a curved stick that I found in my yard – one that I was holding onto for just the right project.   

It was freeing to go through my yarn with the intent of crafting a picture rather than a scarf or other item and envisioning the fibers in a different way. The yarn I used came from what I had in my stash. Most of it was wool, with the exception on one nylon yarn that became part of the river bank. The blue sky was a mix of wool and acrylic. I used four handspun yarns. The deep brown fertile soil under the tree was leftovers from a Churro wool skein that I had spun for the Shave ‘Em 2 Save ‘Em project. The green grass and the clouds were handspun yarns for which I had traded.  The ripples in the water were made with my own core spun yarn using pre-dyed wool locks. 

You don’t have to use art yarn or feel like you should be a spinner to complete a project like this. Esther Rodgers has plenty of ideas to make regular yarn look fabulous.  All that is required is a little imagination and a willingness to work outside the box. This was a great project. I’m sure that I will use the information I learned from the video more than once.  

Valerie’s Project:

My favourite place to visit and spend time at is the beach in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I dream of living there again one day. I spent 2 wonderful years there in my younger days and lived near the water and beach in Toronto, Ontario, Canada area for 17 years. Being by the ocean or lake on the beach hearing the waves gently crash on the shore, the wonderful smells of the ocean, sparkling sand in your feet, beautiful drift wood on the beach, pebbles, shells and the occasional sea glass along the waters edge are where I feel most at peace. I love just sitting by the water enjoying the moments of pure calm and being reenergized at the same time. I chose to weave these special moments into my scarf to remind myself of peaceful moments and special times together with my family and friends using some of the techniques I learned with the online course Expressive Weaving.

The Water’s Edge Scarf is woven with Malabrigo Arroys (DK/sport weight) merino wool yarn (malabrigoyarn.com) on the base of the scarf in the Sand Bank colour which was the perfect colour selection for sand even in the name. I used a wonderful gold colour with sequins from Art Yarns (Artyarns) to add stripes of sparkling sand to the scarf alternating with a beautiful mohair yarn from Rowan that adds more texture like sand does on the shore. The gold and sequin yarn is a beautiful silk yarn that I chose to crochet across the scarf a technique I learned in the Expressive Weaving course and had to add to my design to bring my love of crochet together with my new weaving adventures. Another technique I learned was adding fringe to the edges of the scarf by leaving a bit of yarn on each side of the weft row you are doing. You can either cut the fringe so it is single strands of yarn or keep it looped as I did in most cases for a wonderful added feature to the scarf. I used another beautiful yarn from SweetGeorgia Yarns called CashSilk Lace (SweetGeorgia Yarns) for the fringe sections of the sand on the sides. The CashSilk Lace yarn is wonderfully soft and has a different texture than the other yarns I used for the sand. For the sand I wanted to use a variety of yarns to give the effect of the rippling sand along the shore. One of my favourite parts of the Water’s Edge scarf is the handspun yarn I added throughout the design. This beautiful yarn was a custom order by myself years ago from a wonderful spinner in Seattle, Washington, USA which is perfectly fitted for this scarf since she lives near the beach not far from Vancouver, Canada where my scarf is inspired from. I wanted her to spin some yarn that had a beach essence and she definitely achieved it with the beautiful browns to mimic the logs that are often seen along the beach on the west coast of Canada and the USA. The green/gray hand spun is reminiscent of wonderful moments on the beach picking sea glass, pebbles and shells with my kids, sometimes for hours. The yarn perfect achieves the sea glass essence. I used a looping technique also learned the Expressive Weaving course for the sea glass and drift wood and logs along the beach.

The Water’s Edge Scarf was such a joy to weave using various technique I recently learned. My favourite technique would have to be the crochet as it blended my favourite way to use fibre with my newest adventure weaving. The scarf is full of texture and beautiful exquisite yarns I had saved for years waiting for the perfect project to enhance and make something I love. Being by the ocean, lake or other body of water is my favourite place to be. I have truly enjoyed this Expressive Weaving course with Lisa as both have inspired me to step out of the box and see what wonderful moments and things are there to be enjoyed. I absolutely love the wall hanging Lisa made and the inspiration and meaning behind the design. Her attention to detail and colours were perfectly chosen with the loopy leaves on the tree, fluffy clouds, blades of grass and the colours on the horizon. Enjoying moments together with family and friends makes these moments and memories even better.

We hope you enjoy a look at our Friendship Factor journey in weaving. Hope to see you soon on our next adventure. I am looking forward to the next Friendship Factor Project and see where it takes us on our weaving adventure.

Various crochet pattern, yarn and ready to wear scarves, shawls, hand warmers and more by Valerie Baber Designs are available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com 

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber and Lovecrafts: LoveCrafts (search Valerie Baber Designs)

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Floral Bouquet Scarf – Ready to Wear

Available on my Etsy store at: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

NEW! Floral Bouquet scarf in gray, pink, purple, green, hand painted merino wool. READY to SHIP and READY to WEAR design. This design is designed with various flowers on an elegant scarf base to give the essence of a bouquet of flowers trimmed with a lovely lace around the bouquet of flowers. ONE AVAILABLE IN ivory. Other colours may be available on my other listings.

This Floral Bouquet scarf has a pink rose, pink peony and 2 other purple flowers accented with beautiful green leaves with a 3D effect adding to the design. The blossoms on the scarf represent new beginnings like the blossoms in spring reminding us of new and beautiful moments to come. A floral accented scarf for winter that can carry you through the cooler days of spring and fall.

The scarf base for the Floral Bouquet scarf is done on my Cathedral Scarf base that was inspired by Gothic Cathedrals of the past. Various scarves are also available with an architectural theme. See my Etsy store, architectural sections on my website or my other blog postings to see the other architectural inspired designs.

Accented with 2 floral metal buttons to fasten as shown in the photos.

I also have various styles of crochet patterns designed by myself and yarn so you can make your own scarf.

The Floral Bouquet scarf is designed and handmade by myself, Valerie Baber, with high quality yarns. This design is done in a sock weight yarn or fingerling weight yarn to keep it lighter in weight, but still very warm and luxurious to the touch with the merino wool.

Made with hand painted merino wool 80%, nylon 20% (for durability).

All my designs are hand knit and crocheted with great care and durability and can be worn for many years to come. To preserve the yarn and longitivity of wear the design must be hand washed and laid flat to dry.

Other handmade designs that are ready to wear just for you are available on my Etsy store. I only use High Quality Fibres in this Design and always high quality yarns so you can wear them for years to come. Every design is designed and made by myself to ensure excellent quality and a unique style for your wardrobe.

All my designs are hand knit and crocheted with great care and durability and can be worn for many years to come. To preserve the yarn and longitivity of wear the design must be hand washed and laid flat to dry.

Various crochet pattern, yarn and ready to wear scarves, shawls, hand warmers and more by Valerie Baber Designs are available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com 

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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

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. 

Have a fibertastic day!

Floral Bouquet Scarf – Ready to Wear in Ivory

Available on my Etsy store at: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

NEW! Floral Bouquet scarf in ivory, pink, purple, green, hand painted merino wool. READY to SHIP and READY to WEAR design. This design is designed with various flowers on an elegant scarf base to give the essence of a bouquet of flowers trimmed with a lovely lace around the bouquet of flowers. ONE AVAILABLE IN ivory. Other colours may be available on my other listings.

This Floral Bouquet scarf has a 2 roses, peony and a blossom accented with beautiful green leaves with a 3D effect adding to the design. The blossoms on the scarf represent new beginnings like the blossoms in spring reminding us of new and beautiful moments to come. A floral accented scarf for winter that can carry you through the cooler days of spring and fall.

The scarf base for the Floral Bouquet scarf is done on my Cathedral Scarf base that was inspired by Gothic Cathedrals of the past. Various scarves are also available with an architectural theme. See my Etsy store, architectural sections on my website or my other blog postings to see the other architectural inspired designs.

Accented with beautiful metal buttons to fasten as shown in the photos.

I also have various styles of crochet patterns designed by myself and yarn so you can make your own scarf.

The Floral Bouquet scarf is designed and handmade by myself, Valerie Baber, with high quality yarns. This design is done in a sock weight yarn or fingerling weight yarn to keep it lighter in weight, but still very warm and luxurious to the touch with the merino wool.

Made with hand painted merino wool 80%, nylon 20% (for durability).

All my designs are hand knit and crocheted with great care and durability and can be worn for many years to come. To preserve the yarn and longitivity of wear the design must be hand washed and laid flat to dry.

Other handmade designs that are ready to wear just for you are available on my Etsy store. I only use High Quality Fibres in this Design and always high quality yarns so you can wear them for years to come. Every design is designed and made by myself to ensure excellent quality and a unique style for your wardrobe.

All my designs are hand knit and crocheted with great care and durability and can be worn for many years to come. To preserve the yarn and longitivity of wear the design must be hand washed and laid flat to dry.

Various crochet pattern, yarn and ready to wear scarves, shawls, hand warmers and more by Valerie Baber Designs are available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com 

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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

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. 

Have a fibertastic day!

Cathedral Scarf – Gothic Architecture inspired

Gothic Cathedral Scarf with a Architectural Rose Window design from the ART-chitecture Collection, merino wool scarf. This unique scarf is designed and handmade by Valerie of Valerie Baber Designs. This scarf shows the Rose Window from the outside of beautiful Gothic Architectural Buildings and Cathedrals of the past. Made with hand painted merino wool in a beautiful ivory stone colour. Also available in a gray stone colour.

You can order or purchase this design in a beautiful ivory or gray on my Etsy store at:  www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

The inspiration for this design is from beautiful photo’s a customer sent me shown below (thanks Marie) of the Cathedral de l’Assomption in Clermont Ferrand also called Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption. This beautiful cathedral is a wonderful example of Gothic Architecture with the beautiful stained glass windows, pointed arches, spires and other stunning features. The cathedral is a French National Monument and was built from black lava rock through the 13th and 14th centuries. Built out of black lava stone from a local volcano.

On my Gothic Cathedral Scarf design I placed the 3 small stained glass windows near the point of the arch as shown in the first picture. Floral stone tracery on the outside of the stained glass window and other windows on Cathedrals of the past are often a design feature. I placed quatrefoils that I pulled from another window on this beautiful cathedral to surround the centre flower of the rose stained glass window. The quatrefoil pattern is often seen on many buildings in this era. I also changed the centre flower to a 6 petal flower to fit on the scarf. Changes on my scarf were made and are not exactly as the cathedral in order for me to fit the stone tracery design onto the scarf. I did use other design features on this beautiful cathedral to give the same design essence. The overall raised effect of the stone tracery forming the stained glass rose window pattern is accomplished by the use of the various sizes of flowers. Floral touches are seen throughout Gothic Architecture in the stained glass and stone tracery. So many beautiful examples are seen around the world. I am totally addicted to this architecture style. The amazing and extremely talented people involved in all the aspects of making such stunning designs inspires me everyday.

You can see more of my Architectural inspired designs on my Architectural Designs Page:

Architectural Designs – Valerie Baber Designs

Other handmade designs that are ready to wear just for you are available on my Etsy store. I only use High Quality Fibres in this Design and always high quality yarns so you can wear them for years to come. Every design is designed and made by myself to ensure excellent quality and a unique style for your wardrobe.

All my designs are hand knit and crocheted with great care and durability and can be worn for many years to come. To preserve the yarn and longitivity of wear the design must be hand washed and laid flat to dry.

Various crochet pattern, yarn and ready to wear scarves, shawls, hand warmers and more by Valerie Baber Designs are available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com 

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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

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. 

Have a fibertastic day!

Cathedral Scarf – Gothic Architecture Inspired

Gothic Cathedral Scarf with a Architectural Rose Window design from the ART-chitecture Collection, merino wool scarf. This unique scarf is designed and handmade by Valerie of Valerie Baber Designs. This scarf shows the Rose Window from the outside of beautiful Gothic Architectural Buildings and Cathedrals of the past. Made with hand painted merino wool in a beautiful gray stone colour. Also available soon in a lovely ivory stone colour.

You can order or purchase this design in a beautiful ivory or gray on my Etsy store at:  www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

The inspiration for this design is from beautiful photo’s a customer sent me shown below (thanks Marie) of the Cathedral de l’Assomption in Clermont Ferrand also called Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption. This beautiful cathedral is a wonderful example of Gothic Architecture with the beautiful stained glass windows, pointed arches, spires and other stunning features. The cathedral is a French National Monument and was built from black lava rock through the 13th and 14th centuries.

On my Gothic Cathedral Scarf design I placed the 3 small stained glass windows near the point of the arch as shown in the first picture. Floral stone tracery on the outside of the stained glass window and other windows on Cathedrals of the past are often a design feature. I placed quatrefoils that I pulled from another window on this beautiful cathedral to surround the centre flower of the rose stained glass window. The quatrefoil pattern is often seen on many buildings in this era. I also changed the centre flower to a 6 petal flower to fit on the scarf. Changes on my scarf were made and are not exactly as the cathedral in order for me to fit the stone tracery design onto the scarf. I did use other design features on this beautiful cathedral to give the same design essence. The overall raised effect of the stone tracery forming the stained glass rose window pattern is accomplished by the use of the various sizes of flowers. Floral touches are seen throughout Gothic Architecture in the stained glass and stone tracery. So many beautiful examples are seen around the world. I am totally addicted to this architecture style. The amazing and extremely talented people involved in all the aspects of making such stunning designs inspires me everyday.

You can see more of my Architectural inspired designs on my Architectural Designs Page:

Architectural Designs – Valerie Baber Designs

Other handmade designs that are ready to wear just for you are available on my Etsy store. I only use High Quality Fibres in this Design and always high quality yarns so you can wear them for years to come. Every design is designed and made by myself to ensure excellent quality and a unique style for your wardrobe.

All my designs are hand knit and crocheted with great care and durability and can be worn for many years to come. To preserve the yarn and longitivity of wear the design must be hand washed and laid flat to dry.

Various crochet pattern, yarn and ready to wear scarves, shawls, hand warmers and more by Valerie Baber Designs are available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com 

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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

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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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

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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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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