HANDMADE scarves are back IN STOCK!

HANDMADE scarves designed and made by myself (Valerie Baber Designs) are now back in stock with many new styles available and more coming soon. I have been busy over the past year working on my pattern writing offering various crochet patterns for you to enjoy and designing new scarves, hand warmers while continuing to learn more about my newest fibre adventure weaving. This week I have added a few of my ready to wear designs to my Etsy store, some are one of a kind. I will be adding various styles including architectural designs, floral, unique, nature inspired, contemporary and modern pieces to my ready to wear collection soon. Link to my Etsy store below:

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

Crochet patterns are available for some of the new ready to wear designs so you can make your own unique scarf. Others are only available as ready to wear. The Elegant Leaves Designs shown in the first and last photo is available as a crochet pattern. You can make this design with the mini skeins I also sell on my Etsy store or use yarn from your stash. See more on my Etsy store.

I use hand painted high quality yarns as the base for most of my designs with added luxurious fibres like silk, cashmere, sparkle yarns, kid mohair and more in some of the scarves for a special elegant touch. Each item is designed by myself and made by myself to ensure the quality of the garment is excellent. I will be adding new designs often so pop by my Etsy store and take a look at the recent additions.

Various crochet patterns 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

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Friendship Factor Adventure #3 – Terrific Tartan Scarf

The friendship factor adventure continues with a terrific Golden Plum Tartan scarf by Paula Veleta shown below. This beautiful scarf design is perfect for any wardrobe and a wonderful pattern to weave. Lisa and I spent some time discussing what we wanted to try next and we both felt weaving plaid or tartan was the next journey we wanted to explore. I love the Golden Plum Tartan pattern that Lisa found on WEBS you can link to the pattern here: Valley Yarns #99 Golden Plum Tartan PDF at WEBS | Yarn.com There is also a yarn kit you can purchase with the colours in the photo to make your yarn choice easy. The traditional tartan pattern was mixed up with a beautiful technique to make a lovely single strand stripe in the pattern instead of a thicker stripe normally seen. This give a modern touch to the design that we really enjoyed trying out. I hope they don’t mind me posting a photo of the pattern below as I promote how great this pattern really is.

Our thoughts and journey of the pattern:

Valerie:

Currently I am in love with plaid and tartan designs! I couldn’t wait to try the Golden Plum Tartan pattern. In order to use yarn from my stash I chose a fingerling weight yarn instead of the DK weight it was patterned in. This works as I wanted a slightly narrower scarf to wear. At the end of the scarf I added another set of the pattern to make it the length I wanted to achieve and compensate for the difference in yarn weights. It worked out great.

Being a designer I can’t help but change things from the inspiration of the original design. I love to experiment and see what can happen when I change this or that. Of course there were a few changes based on a couple of mistakes I made. I warped it backwards! Yes I really did. LOL. Usually I warp (rigid heddle loom) my shorter length scarves on my kitchen island, but this time I warped it in my studio forgetting that I warp on the right side of my loom in my kitchen and on the left side in my studio. Of course it doesn’t matter which side you warp it on with plain weaving, but when working a pattern like this you must warp it on the right side of your loom since the pattern is working from the right. Otherwise your tartan pattern turns out on the opposite side as you may have noticed in the photos. Because of this I also made another small mistake, you likely can’t see it. My advice is make sure you warp from the right side of your loom, unless you want it the other way.

For the yarn I used Tough Love Sock yarn from SweetGeorgia Yarns www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com I used a pink, burgundy, Ivory and a pale purple. The purple didn’t show up as well as I thought it would, but I love the subtle effect it gives. I would use a darker colour for this section as this is where the unique warping is done and on my scarf that effect is too light to see from a distance.

The Golden Plum Tartan scarf was a well written pattern and a wonderful weaving experience. The colour combinations that you could achieve with this designs would be great for both men and woman. Definitely a keeper on my list of “I need to make this one again”. Weaving with Lisa is always a great time while we choose our next project, choosing yarns, and weaving the item. We encourage each other to look outside the box and try new things that we didn’t think we could. Sharing each others goals and interesting weaving techniques we find on the online as we work together to achieve our weaving goals and grow our friendship.

Lisa:

For my tartan scarf, I chose browns and purples with green accent. The brown yarns and the purple yarn are Knit Picks City Tweed, a mixture of merino wool, alpaca and Donegal tweed. The green yarn is a silk and wool blend that I found in a yarn shop in Jackson, Wyoming on a trip to Yellowstone. All of the yarns were nice to use and the wool from Knit Picks bloomed nicely after a bath. The yarn is DK weight so this scarf will be warmer than our previous scarves. 

At first, I wanted to make the scarf to match my heavy jacket, but I did not have burgundy yarn in my stash so purple was my second choice. Browns are always a winner with me, but the dark brown I chose was a little close in value to the purple, so together the colors make more of a subtle difference rather than the stark change that one would expect in a plaid. The look suits me, however, since I don’t wear a lot of “loud” clothing. 

The pattern, which came from WEBS, was easy to understand and had a warping sequence that neither Valerie nor I had seen before – threading holes with a different color than the corresponding slot. This created thin stripes in the warp. Once warping was completed, it only took less than a week of evenings to weave this scarf, so it would make a nice last-minute gift to weave for someone if you are in a hurry. Just allow yourself time to wash your scarf and to twist the tassels.  

Weaving is the perfect metaphor for friendship! Different fibers and colors come together to make a pleasing design, just like different people in all shapes and sizes with different personalities come together to make the world a more beautiful place. The interaction of the warp and weft make an enduring strong cloth that provides warmth and protection against the cruel elements. A friendship with good attributes and character provides a place for friends to interact in an unconditionally accepting environment that serves as a buffer against life’s cruelties. 

Although we live far apart, I think Valerie and I have a woven cloth kind of friendship. I am having a great time learning from her in this process as we exchange ideas, discuss patterns and talk. Valerie is an awesome crochet designer and this trait naturally spills over into her weaving. She’s not afraid to do her own thing and that gives me courage to experiment more. I still continue to be amazed by how we can meet people through the Internet that we would not have known otherwise. Who would have thought that when I started selling crochet on Etsy in 2011 that I would be weaving with a crochet designer from Canada in 2021?  

Start your own Friendship Factor Adventure today with your friends, family and others you care about. Your adventure could be weaving, knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting, scrapbooking or anything you have a desired to learn. You never know where it will take you. As Lisa said is is hard to believe it has been so many years when we first met on Etsy helping to promote each others work. Now we are great friends who are helping each other along the weaving and crocheting path. Thanks Lisa for another enjoyable Friendship Factor Adventure. Looking forward to our next adventure with Expressive Weaving where we take a big step out of the box and try our hands at various unique techniques.

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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Valerie Baber Designs crochet patterns now available at Lovecrafts.com

Now you can purchase many of my crochet patterns at Love Crafts and the yarns used to make them to make it easy for you. Link here to see more: LoveCrafts Other crochet patterns will be added soon.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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

Lovecrafts: LoveCrafts

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New Architectural Designs photo page

Architectural Designs by Valerie Baber

Added a new photo page on my Blog with various pictures of my Architectural adventures over the years with fibre. I had the honour of designing for various galleries which often included my architectural pieces some shown here. My love for architecture began while taking Interior Design. Since then it has been a passion for me to create designs with knitting and crochet that are inspired by the amazing artists, designers, architects and all the people involved in making such extraordinary buildings of the past. This is a small sample of the many designs I have created with an architectural theme. You can link to the page below that shows more of my architectural designs.

Architectural Designs – Valerie Baber Designs

I hope to pattern some of these designs and other crochet patterns with an architectural essence this year. A wonderful customer has recently sent me various photos of beautiful cathedrals etc. in France and I am looking forward to using them for a new architectural inspiration and creating a new crochet pattern from these wonderful photos. Thank you Marie for sending them to me. I really appreciate it! It is great having photos from your travels instead of relying on the internet. Here are a few of the inspiring photos below:

One day I hope to travel to France and other European locations. Fun fact: We do have a small piece of France on the East Coast of Canada! It is a French Territory. You can read more on these links below.

St Pierre & Miquelon – Current French Territories In North America – WorldAtlas

Top Tips for a Visit to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon – Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (newfoundlandlabrador.com)

Enjoy the inspiration in your life today. You never know where it will come from. Perhaps someone who lives in another country will help direct you in your newest adventure like my renewed inspiration to design architectural crochet pieces because a customer was so kind to share their travel photos with me. I can’t wait to begin designing with these photos and other architectural features from buildings of the past.

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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Contemporary Ribbed Scarf crochet pattern

The Contemporary Ribbed scarf is inspired by moments of cozy warmth while wrapped up in this luxurious design anytime of the day.  The perfect accent as a shawl or scarf while you cozy up making your favourite crochet pattern.  Adorn your favourite coat to warm up a cold day with style.  Can be made in many different colours, neutrals, stripes, gradient, colours and more.  The ribbed texture and unique sculptural touch on the fringe will add a beautiful accent to your wardrobe that can be worn throughout the day including elegant evenings.   Warm up your day with the Contemporary Ribbed scarf today! 

Finished Measurements:

Measurements before finishing trim:  9.5” / 24 cm wide, 61 inches / 155 cm long with trim.

YARN2 skeins sock weight or fingerling weight yarn (425 yd / 388 m per 4 oz / 115 g per skein). 

You can use most sock weight/fingerling weight yarns for this scarf. 

You can purchase this pattern at:

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

Designed with sock/fingerling weight yarn so you can wear it in most seasons. The Contemporary Ribbed scarf as a wonderful modern essence with a sculptural fringe. The scarf can be worn from day to night as well be worn as a shawl to keep you cozy and warm. Make it in multiple colours with stripes, hand painted yarns, sock blanks, gradient yarns, sparkle yarns or a solid colour to suit your wardrobe and style. This design is very versatile and looks great with any wardrobe. The ribbed pattern changes 2/3 of the way through to add interest to the design. Add the Contemporary Ribbed scarf to your wardrobe today!

Warm up your day with the Contemporary Ribbed crochet pattern today!

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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Floral Blossom Scarf – Neck warmer style crochet pattern

Floral Blossom scarf crochet pattern- Neck Warmer by Valerie Baber

The Floral Blossom Neck Warmer Scarf features an elegant floral design with a modern essence in the angled base of the scarf. Inspired by the floral blossoms that adorn the trees and bushes in the spring giving us a sign of new beginnings and beautiful moments to come. Two style options are available including embellishments around the whole scarf (ivory floral scarf) or just at the front (pink floral scarf). Make it without the embellishments for a modern contemporary style scarf.

Designed with sock/fingerling weight yarn so you can wear it in most seasons. Perfect in a merino wool or other cozy yarns for the fall and winter or make it in a silk or linen yarn for the cool spring and summer days adding a floral touch to your wardrobe. The Floral Blossoms hand warmer and a longer scarf pattern are available to match this design.

The Floral Blossom scarf would be lovely in a ivory on the base with delicate pink floral blossoms. Another way would be to make it in a neutral tone like gray or beige with a subtle darker or lighter shade on the blossoms. You could also use the blossom as any five petal flower pattern, change the colour and you have your new favourite flower scarf. Make it with just the bunch of blossoms and leaves at the front of the scarf like the pink scarf various colour of flowers with green leaves. There are lots of way to crochet this scarf suit into your wardrobe and style.

You can purchase all three patterns together for a discount in the Floral Blossom Collection available on my other listings.

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

SAVE BY PURCHASING THE COLLECTION TOGETHER: Regular price when purchased separately. $24.00, when purchased together in this collection you save $4.00. Collection price: $20.00. Save an additional 10% for a limited time on my Etsy store.

Warm up your day with a beautiful floral blossoms crochet pattern today! You can change up the colours and blossom placement to make it your unique style.

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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Floral Blossom hand warmers

Floral Blossoms hand warmers
by Valerie Baber Designs

The Floral Blossom Hand Warmers features an elegant floral design with a modern essence in the angled base of the hand warmers. Inspired by the floral blossoms that adorn the trees and bushes in the spring giving us a sign of new beginnings and beautiful moments to come. Two lengths are available including a regular length (pink hand warmer) and a longer length (Ivory hand warmer).

You can purchase all three patterns together for a discount in the Floral Blossom Collection available on my other listings.

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

Designed with sock/fingerling weight yarn so you can wear it in most seasons. The hand warmers can also be made without the embellishments for a modern contemporary style. Make it in multiple colours, two toned colours, hand painted yarns or a solid colour to suit your wardrobe and style. Floral Blossom scarf patterns are available to match this design.

Also available:

The Floral Blossom Collection includes the Floral Blossom Neck Warmer Scarf, Floral Blossom Hand Warmers and the Floral Blossoms and Lace Scarf crochet patterns.  SAVE BY PURCHASING THE COLLECTION TOGETHER: Regular price when purchased separately. $24.00, when purchased together in this collection you save $4.00. Collection price: $20.00.

Warm up your day with a beautiful floral blossoms crochet pattern today! You can change up the colours and blossom placement to make it your unique style.

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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Friendship Factor Scarf – Twisting the Night Away!

The Friendship Factor Scarf #2 – “Twisting the Night Away” is a continuing journey of weaving across the miles with a wonderful friend of mine, Lisa. We enjoyed weaving together so much (though we both live in different Countries) we decided to continue the Friendship Factor adventure. You can view the first Friendship Factor scarf here: Weaving a Friendship together – Friendship Factor Scarf #1 – Valerie Baber Designs

To begin the Friendship Factor “Twisting the Night Away” scarf Lisa and I found a pattern in our Little Looms Holiday 2020 issue Little Looms Holiday 2020 – Long Thread Media called Sangria Sunset by Judy Pagels. This unique pattern caught our attention with the interesting fringe all around one edge of the scarf. Leaving fringe on one side of the scarf while weaving is a great way to add multiple stripes without weaving in all those ends. Instead you use a floating selvedge technique to wrap the stripe yarns around while weaving the scarf. This is how the fringe formed during weaving. There is flexibility on how much fringe you would like by changing how many stripes you want to make on the design. Once you have finished the scarf you twist the fringe to finish.

Friendship is a precious thing we can treasure throughout our lives. Spend some time weaving your friendships together with special moments of time or literally weaving together. Join the adventure weaving, painting, crocheting, knitting, other crafts and artistic mediums with your friends, family or others you know. We can be inspired by the people around us everyday. Use that inspiration and help one another to achieve new goals.

Our weaving journeys of the Twisting the Night Away scarf are below: (I love this title Lisa came up with as you spend a good amount of time twisting your fringe making it the perfect title for this scarf)

Lisa:

Sangria Scarf with lots of fringe and stripes.

For my scarf, I chose yarn from my stash. My yarns were Merino and Superwash wool from Knit Picks. Not all of these yarns are available today, but Knit Picks has nice substitutes. For the dominant color red, I used Shadow, which was a fingering yarn at the time of purchase. For my coral tassels I used Shadow Lace and for the variegated colors I used Vermont Chroma Lace. Since Chroma Lace has long colorways, I used one color until I wanted a change. Then I cut that color off my shuttle and moved to the next color. It’s may be hard to see but the stripes are yellow, orange, pink, green and gray.
I chose these colors for something different. Normally, my first choice is any shade of blue with purple coming in second and brown third. It can be difficult for me to use other colors when I am making something for myself but I am pleased with the results.

Using lightweight yarns for a scarf was a new adventure and one that I will repeat many times, I am sure. The lightweight wool is soft, warm, and very light. This makes a lovely hand. When weaving, using the floating selvedge kept my fringes neat and mostly the same length. It also helped keep the fringes tidy after pulling the scarf off the loom – I just pulled the string through when it was time to twist a group of tassels. Having the tassels exactly the same length isn’t necessary in this scarf since it drapes over you a couple of times. In fact, it’s more fun to have unexpected elements, like varying lengths in tassels, in the finished cloth.

There are a lot of interesting options in making this scarf. You could choose not to sew the ends together like Valerie did for more wrapping options. Using more colors in the warp for a plaid effect is another possibility. Another fun and useful option, would be to form a secret pocket if you sew the ends together. Next time, I may use a variegated yarn for the tassels and then perhaps space the tassels a little further apart. There are more than 200 tassels on this scarf so when you finish it, count on “twisting the night away” for a few evenings.

Overall, it was a great project and a pleasure to weave. I love working on something that gives me more ideas while I’m making it. Instagram: Lisa Gossman-Steeves (@lisagossmansteeves)

Valerie:

Lisa and I both did the scarf differently as you can see by the photos. I wanted to try a few ideas out to see what would happen when I changed the width and weight of yarn on the fringed scarf. On the second scarf without all of the fringe I only added it to the two ends of the scarf and used yarn that made a plaid/tartan effect without all the work. Being a designer I can’t help but see other things I can do with a design or pattern. You will often see me change things from what the pattern suggests. I love to see what happens when I do this. Sometimes it is a success and sometimes it is not. The joy is in trying even if it doesn’t turn out.

Sangria scarf with fringe and gradient yarn.

On the Fringe scarf I made it wider with a sock weight yarn on both the warp and the weft though the pattern asks for lace yarn on the weft. We have cold winters here and I wanted to make the scarf wider and warmer. There are lots of stripes and fringe including at each end. The fringe at the ends of the scarf is omitted on the pattern. I decided not to use the floating selvedge for this scarf to see if I needed it. I think the floating selvedge would keep things neater and more organized, but you can weave it without if you choose. I used a combination of a sock blank available at Sweetgeorgia Yarns called Andromeda that goes from a magenta pink, purple to blue as the main colour on the weft with added stripes of blues and purples. The overall effect of the sock blank gives the scarf a wonderful gradient look.

Sangria Scarf with plaid effect and minimal fringe scarf.

The second scarf without all the fringe is not as wide and more like the pattern width. On this scarf I used various yarns to make the plaid effect with hand painted yarns in a sock weight yarn from www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com called Tough Love Sock yarn. I use this yarn a lot as the quality is excellent and the colour ways are amazing. For the plaid effect I used the hand painted Grouse colour way on the warp and on the weft I used Evening, Black Plum, Ultraviolet Purple, Grouse, Mermaid and some bits from my stash alternating these colours in stripes of various sizes throughout the scarf. The combination of these yarns make this wonderful plaid effect without all of the work. The plaid effect scarf is not sewn together as the pattern shows. On this scarf I wanted to have the option of wearing it differently and in various ways.

I love seeing what Lisa did with the scarf which is more like the original pattern. It is so interesting to see to see how using different yarns can really change the look of a scarf. The pattern calls for a lace weight yarn on the weft like Lisa used which gives a beautiful elegant drape to the scarf. The more fringe or stripes you add the more “twisting the night away” you will need.

I found the pattern wonderful to weave! This design is beautiful and a great addition to any wardrobe. You can design to suit your tastes by changing a few things like Lisa and I did. The great thing about this pattern is you get to decide how much fringe you want. Imagine the scarf with unique hand spun stripes and fringe or a glittery yarn for a sparkle essence when you need one. This pattern is well written and a wonderful pattern to make. I am sure I will be making it again soon.

We hope you are inspired to try your hand at weaving and perhaps spending time together or abroad weaving with others you know. We have begun our third Friendship Factor Scarf and look forward to another adventure in weaving our friendship together! Happy Weaving!

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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Night Garden Scarf crochet pattern

Pattern available on my Etsy store:  www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com See my Etsy store for more information such as yarn needed or to purchase.

Night Garden Floral Scarf crochet pattern has a beautiful floral design on a scarf base that can be worn long or as a neck warmer for different looks. Take a stroll along the garden, under the moon and stars in the Night Garden scarf. 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 design can be made as shown in various colours using mini skeins or yarn from your stash. Made with a sock weight/fingerling weight yarn. Pattern is written using US crochet terminology.

The Night Garden scarf was designed for Sweetgeorgia Yarns in the fall of 2019 for their Crochet Fall with Sweetgeorgia Yarns, Vol. 2. It was a pleasure of mine to design this scarf with their beautiful yarns including the Party of Five mini skeins shown here. Thank you Sweetgeorgia Yarns for including me in such a wonderful collection of exquisite crochet patterns. Check out the other beautiful designs on the link highlighted in orange above. You can purchase the pattern and the yarn on their website.

PATTERN NOTES
The Night Garden Scarf base is worked in flat in the full skein colour with the flowers and leaves worked in the mini skeins or extra sock weight yarn. The trim around the edge is worked once the base of the scarf is finished. Follow the various charts and written pattern for the scarf base, leaves and flowers.

YARN
The night garden scarf can be done in various colours as shown in the photos or a solid colour as well. This design would be lovely in a beautiful neutral or a hand painted colour for a more subtle essence. You can use most sock weight yarns and yarn from your stash for the colours or make it in a solid colour too. The Party of Five mini skeins are perfect for this design and available at Sweetgeorgia Yarns.

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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