Friday, December 1, 2017
Enjoy a free, family friendly self-guided tour of artist's studios.
Meet the artists, see demonstrations, and have the opportunity
to buy fine art and craft from the source.
For more information go to www.ccartists.com for a map of all the stops.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
November is here and it is time to count our blessings. Being part of an active basket weaving guild is one of mine. Today I spent an enjoyable Saturday morning weaving the casserole size basket shown above with members of the Central Pennsylvania Basketweavers Guild. Guild member Joanne Sheriff lead the work session.
The leather handles were not woven into the sides. They are held in place between the outer and inner rim.
Once the basket was complete, I painted the words and
leaves with paint. A poly wood finish was then
applied to seal the base.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Fall is here!
Now is the time to gather natures weeds, pods, berries, and more to make accent pieces for your baskets. A flat wall basket is the perfect choice to add a fall embellishment and to use to decorate your home for fall.
Using a 8" x 12" D frame handle as my armature, I wove around the basket to form the flat pocket. After finishing the rim I stained the basket a light wood color.
An arrangement of milk pods, acorns, and weeds was attached to the basket with waxed linen to complete the fall look.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The small basket measures 5" high and includes a leather harness. The mini basket measures 3" high.
The baskets are too small for an Adirondack pack's intended use for carrying heavy loads, but they are a perfect fit for a doll or stuffed animal.
Friday, October 6, 2017
|To complete the pendant I add some bead |
enhancements and jewelry cording.
Working with waxed linen is a treat you can give yourself after weaving with cane and reed. The warmth of you hands reacts to the wax in the cord to give your fingers a mini makeover.
I have been working with different color combinations in round 2" diameter disks to use as a pendant. Using 32 spokes that are woven in a continuous weave, the pattern begins with twining two colors. A third color weaver is added to allow for the 3 rod wailing pattern. The zigzag pattern occurs by shifting to a reverse 3 rod wail weave.
The outer edge returns to twining three rows and finishing with a braided border.
Monday, September 18, 2017
I spent one of my favorite weekends of the year at the 2017 Weaving Odyssey in Gettysburg PA hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild.
Thursday evening I made an assortment of embellishments suitable for baskets or wreaths. Gina Kieft (firstname.lastname@example.org) lead the workshop. She had endless supplies of nuts, seeds, pods and grasses that she harvested from the fields and roadsides of Michigan. It was a fun class and a great way to start the weekend.
I spent Friday weaving with Pati English (BasketsMySpeciality@yahoo.com) an award winning weaver and author of a basket designs book from South Carolina. I wove a traditional cathead basket. A triple decorative ban was added using two double Three-Rod Arrow with a Reverse Three-Rod Arrow in the middle of the band. It was finished with an ash hand grip handle.
Char Ciammaichella (email@example.com) from Ohio led my Saturday class. I have been trying to refine my round reed skills so her zig zag design using 3 rod twining and reverse 3 rod twining gave me a lot of practice. I am very happy with my design and color choice.
I finished up my weekend Sunday with another class by Gina Kief. She taught a small round reed base bowl. More practice with round reed! The cream and purple container was finished with a three rod arrow design and a braided border rim.
Mark your calendars now for next years Odyssey Event
September 13 - 16, 2018
Check out CPWG website to learn more