Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Small and Mini Backpack Baskets

Members of the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild gathered this past weekend to learn from member Jude Gallaher, how to weave a small and mini backpack basket  in the style of the Adirondack backpacks. 

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

Waxed Linen Cord Pendant



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

Weaving Friendships 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 (gina@ginasbaskets.com) 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 (charweave@gmail.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





Monday, September 11, 2017

CPBWG Service Project

Three berry baskets I have ready to donate to the project.



It's just days away from the 2017 Weaving Odyssey, the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild annual convention.   I am looking forward to learning new techniques and meeting fellow basketmakers.




New this year, guild members have been weaving small berry baskets to fill with personal care items and treats.  The baskets and donations will be collected at the convention.  The filled baskets will be delivered to  Stillwater, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence following the convention.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Creating Art Through Basket Weaving

 Once again this December I will be participating in the 11th Annual  Carroll County Arts Studio Tour.  To help commemorate the event the Carroll County Times has featured profiles of the artists biweekly in their Life and Times Sunday feature.  

Today it was my turn to be featured in the newspaper.  This included an article, a portfolio of photos and a video.  The short video shows the process of creating an egg basket.  The finished egg basket at the left was made during the taping. 

The complete article and video can be viewed at the following link:
http://carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-It-sharon-schaeffer-20170831-story.html




Monday, August 28, 2017

Off Track Art - Duet Show

I will be displaying a variety of baskets, each made with cats head bases at Off Track Art Gallery during the month of September. 

The exhibit is part of the gallery's Duet series featuring hand painted silks and tinsels by member Carolyn Seabolt and my cats head baskets.

The exhibit, " A Tisket a Tasket, a Cat in a Basket" opens Sept 7th.  An opening reception is Saturday, September  9th from 5pm until 7pm. Hope to see you then!





Monday, August 7, 2017

Cats Head Basket


Cats Head Baskets have a distinctive base with four woven peaks at each corner allowing the base to arch up while the four corners support the vessel.  This low  basket features a two color band with a cream reed twist to form a window effect.   Once the band is woven the sides are turned in quickly to form the rimmed opening at the top.  This basket is based on a pattern by Judith Olney, called Windows Globe Basket.

Cathedral Window pattern with reed twist.