Saturday, March 17, 2012

Rimmed Gourds

When my sister’s father-in-law grew a bumper crop of gourds, he needed to find an outlet for them.  I was happy to take some.  I like to weave with different materials and was anxious to try my hand weaving on gourds. 

Sometimes I follow traditional styles of working with gourds.  I cut the tops off, stain the bases, and I rim the top with pine needles. 

Sometimes I add other natural materials such as walnut slices or drift wood.

In addition to rimming the gourds with pine needles, I use round reed to weave a basket-like collar around the top of the gourd. I also like to add  bold color with stains for the gourds and  dyed reed. 

What do you think?

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