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 ( 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 ( 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: 

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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Rose Cowl Scarf Crochet Pattern

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Rose Cowl scarf crochet pattern:  This new designs by Valerie Baber is now available at  Inspired by beautiful rose gardens designed on a contemporary scarf cowl base.  This designs can be made with or without the roses.  A nice easy design perfect for any wardrobe.  Made with worsted weight yarn.  Other new crochet patterns also available on my Etsy store.

Add a floral touch to your wardrobe today!

Lavender and Lace Shawl and Scarf crochet pattern

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Lavender and Lace Shawl and Scarf Crochet Pattern:  New design by Valerie Baber with 2 styles to make.  The longer wider Shawl or large scarf size or the smaller scarf size.  Shown in a beautiful fingerling weight yarn by SweetGeorgia Yarns called Flaxen Silk.  This yarn is perfect for all year long.  The design can be made with most sock weight or fingerling weight yarns.  The inspiration for the Lavender and Lace shawl scarf pattern is the beautiful lavender that is a calming essence for all and can adorn your wardrobe any time of year.

Other new crochet patterns are available at

Elegant Rose Crochet Scarf, Hand Warmer Pattern

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The Elegant Rose Collection is designed by Valerie of Valerie Baber Designs just for you to warm your day with elegance and style. This classic design has a Victorian essence in style with a rose garden effect to finish it. Made with worsted weight yarn, a heavy worsted.  Each style of crochet pattern is available separately or together for in a combo listing for a discount.  I have other crochet a patterns available including the Juilette Floral Scarf and the Lattice Lace Scarf below.  All available at:

Floral Elegance Scarves For Fall and Winter

Floral Elegance Scarf is available in ivory, dark gray, mauve or a pink hand painted merino wool colour way.  Each is a little different in colour and floral design to add a unique touch to your wardrobe.   This design is part of the SPECIAL EDITION scarves that have more detailed embellishment and/or expensive fibers added to each handmade piece. Add a floral touch to your wardrobe. Can be worn as a scarf on your coat or with a sweater or shirt to accent it. A beautiful accented scarf for winter that can carry you through the cooler days of spring.

Other styles of scarves, hand warmers, yarn and patterns to make your own are also on my websites:

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 and

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.

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).

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)
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)


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 or

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

The Perfect All Season Accessory

Although summer is nearing and the temperatures are starting to increase the need for Hand Warmers is still prevalent when you work inside all day with the A/C blasting. Whether in an office or working retail these hand warmers will keep you warm and comfortable all day. Available in a variety of styles, colors & made from a high quality hand painted merino wool, these accessories are a must have come fall, winter, spring or summer. The perfect piece to add to your wardrobe!

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The Perfect Scarf For Your European Travels

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Milan Scarf Shawl, $125.00 CAD – HERE

Milan Scarf, $75.00 CAD – HERE

Heading out on a European Adventure this summer? Bring with you the perfect travel companion: a beautiful scarf to keep you warm and fashionable on your travels. Inspired by the architecture of Milan this gothic architectural scarf is embellished with qua trefoil accents, a prominent feature on gothic cathedrals and buildings of that time. Taking direct inspiration from the Milan Cathedral itself, this design features the various pointed arches and crockets on each of these arches with the qua trefoils on each arch as seen on the beautiful cathedral.

Designed in two sizes and made from the highest quality of Merino Wool, these scarves are ready to ship. Part of a new ART-chitecture series they are the first of many to be released.



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