Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Basket Shopping Cart







The Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild February workshop featured a Basket Shopping Cart.  Guild member Becci Melcher lead the session.  We worked from the Basket Buggy Shopping Caddy pattern by Pam Feix (www.feixbaskets-crafts.com )












Step 1 - attach the frame to base
Using a Knalla Shopping Cart on Wheels sold by IKEA
 we first attached a slotted wooden base to the frame. 





Step 2 - Insert spokes


 Forty-two spokes were evenly spaced and inserted around the base.  After the spokes were glued in place some members followed the pattern as written.  Other members used reed, colors and patterns of their own choosing while following the basic form of the pattern.

 
 
 
 
I was not pleased with my weaving or color selection so I went home early with the project unfinished.  This was a first for me.  After stewing over the basket for a while, I decided to take it apart and start again.   Have you ever done this?  Sometimes it is the best solution to get the results you want. 

I am much happier with my second attempt.  I changed the color scheme and included bands of burlap and navy ribbon for accents.

Finished dimensions: 16"L x 10"D x 20" High





Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2018 Service Project - Sleep Mats


 
 
 In addition to weaving baskets this winter I have been working on a community service project. 


Using recycled plastic shopping bags I am crocheting  large 4 foot by 6 foot sleep mats. The matts are given to the local police to distribute to the areas homeless as needed.




It takes about 600 bags to make a large mat.  Friends save their shopping bags for the project.  Once a week I join a group of ladies to fold bags, cut strips, join strips and roll them into the balls. I usually crochet a little in the evening as I watch television.
Step 1 - fold bags
Step 2 - cut strips
Step 3 - connect strips
Begin to Crochet
Random color pattern from colored bags

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Windows Globe Decorative Band

 
Have you ever found a color combo or basket technique that you get "stuck" on?  I seem to have fallen in love with the windows globe decorative band.  I have woven it in several baskets of late.  You can use any color combination but I have settled on turquoise and brown recently.  
 
Below are three of my recent baskets in different styles that each use the windows globe band with turquoise and brown reed highlights and cream curls.
 
What's your favorite technique and color combos for 2018?
 
 
Cats Head Basket
 
Round gathering basket with handle

Stair step Basket

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Wooly Pines

Despite frigid temperatures outside, the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild held their first gathering of 2018.  Taking a break from basket weaving, members each made a wooly pines tree. 

Mary Annunziato and Jackie Burke from Wooly Pines (woolypines@comcast.net) led the workshop.  Everyone had a choice of wool colors and designs.  I selected a plaid of maroon and greens.

The wool was first torn into strips.  The strips were cut into a fringe.  The wool fringe was wrapped around wire to make individual branches.  Once all the branches were made they were attached to a center rod.

The finishing touches were to wrap the rod with a fabric strip, adjust the branches, and insert into a base.  Some people added tree toppers and small ball ornaments to complete their tree.

Everyone had a great time.  It was the perfect way to spend a cold Saturday. 

Finished trees by CPWG members.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!




Best wishes for a wonderful 2018 filled with baskets,

good times and fellowship.

 

Happy Basket Weaving to YOU!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gallery of Gifts


 

You can still find a wide variety of my baskets and holiday ornaments at the Gallery of Gifts.  In addition to the hen basket shown in the ad above I have many more styles to choose from. 




Friday, December 1, 2017

Studio Tour 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.
 
My baskets and I will be at tour stop # 9 this weekend.  I am sharing a space in my good friend Carolyn Seabolt's newly remodeled studio.  Come by and see all of our wares.  I will feature some holiday themed baskets and ornaments as well as many traditional style baskets of all shapes and colors.



 

 For more information go to www.ccartists.com for a map of all the stops.