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Fall 2001 "Just Patterns"


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From Sheri's Studio....

The local stores are loaded with lunch pails, spiral notebooks and backpacks, school is around the comer and fall is right behind. Summer always goes too fast for my children and me, and this year was no exception.

In June, my Mom, Sally, had her second open-heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. (Her first surgery was here in Muskegon, but now she was 6 hours away.) For me, traveling this far and leaving home several times was nerve wracking with Mom spending 8 days in Intensive Care. Just Patterns correspondence was put on hold. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time while your orders were processed. Some I had time to scribble a short note, and a few of you wrote back. Thank you for your kindness. I am happy to report that the business is back on track and my Mom is home after being gone the month of June and making progress each day.

My "Cornucopia" was designed after requests from several subscribers. Traditional Thanksgiving centerpieces, many styles with one basic shape have been woven over the years. This Hom of Plenty comes complete with "Paper Twist Pumpkins" shaped from Styrofoam balls, paper twist, and round reed. Both will make an attractive addition to your Holiday table.

Susan A. Reed-Fanfoni has done it again by capturing the Halloween season with "Hilda the Witch" and "Boo the Ghost". Both start out with a wooden ball for a head and are woven with round and flat oval reed. Add the witches' cape and hat complete with bats and the little Ghost buster's sheet and sign and this adorable duo will greet your Trick or Treaters.

NorEsta has designed "Pumpkin Time" and "Autumn Breeze" which will turn out perfect every time using the black metal form for the framework. Weave in traditional pumpkin orange or space dyed fall foliage colors, with a metal leaf for the finishing touch. The perfect colorful basket to set on your desk or table with candy treats.

Lorainne Otto designed "The Learning Basket". Hopefully after reading about this unique organization, you or your Guild might be challenged to adopt this worthwhile project. During this Thanksgiving season, we can reflect how to use our talents to help others.

Enjoy fall and weaving for yourselves and others you hold dear!

Happy Fall!

Sheri Sig

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