Thursday, November 29, 2012

Carroll County Artists Studio Tour

I will be taking part in the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour this weekend.  You are invited to visit the studio stops on the tour and to meet the artists and watch many of them demonstrate their craft. Directions to each of the tour stops are found on the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour website                                                   My baskets will be on display and sale at Studio Tour Stop 12 - Cat Tracks Studio.   I will be demonstrating basketweaving throughout the day.  I look forward to seeing you this weekend.                                                

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Festival of Wreaths


 I created a reed wreath for the Carroll County Arts Council 15th Annual Festival of Wreaths.  The wreath will be on display from Saturday, November 24 until Saturday, December 1st.  More than 200 decorated wreaths have been donated for the silent auction to support the arts council. Bids are taken on the wreaths until the close of the show on December 1st.

          To begin the wreath, I wove flat reed over-under round reed spokes circling a styrofoam circle base.  The wreath resembles the woven sides of an egg or hen basket.  To finish the wreath I made a reed ornament with additions of pinecones and cinnamon sticks (see my last post). I also wrapped a piece of wet flat reed around a rod until it dried into a curly strip to add to the wreath.  Brown ribbon bows were the final touch.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Reed Ornaments


 The  desire to decorate around the house increases with
the approaching holidays. Baskets are perfect for filling with a variety of ornaments, small gifts and greenery.

  I also like to use basket supplies to make reed ornaments.  Reed ornaments can be used in a variety of ways.  They can be added to wreaths, gift packages and hung as tree decorations.

Reed ornaments are a great way to use leftover short reed scraps left over from other basket projects.  They can be made using different colored reeds and different widths of reed. 

Individual reed loops can be joined together to form star-like ornaments.  Ribbons, pinecones, and greenery add the finishing touches.