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Fall 2003 "Just Patterns"


From Sheri's Studio . . . .

I have really enjoyed the Summer season this year. Our family was able to take several boat trips on Lake Michigan. With Basket Kits packed, I was able to weave most days and did I ever weave. It is so much fun to sit in the sun by water or a pool and weave – now that is a relaxing vacation! Baskets are a great way to meet people who are always very curious about what you are doing with your hands. I chuckle each time someone says, "So you are really making a basket?".

School will be in session and for me at a different location. Western Michigan Christian High School bought an existing large building, which is now transformed into classrooms. I was able to design my Art room where I spend my afternoons during the school year. After this Issue goes to press, I will be moving my classroom to the new school with the help of several families who "adopted" me to help me get my classroom settled.

My "Indian Corn" is 3 different patterns of corn combined to create one project. Weave all 3 different patterns like shown, or select your favorite ear and weave in different or some color combinations. Real corn husks add to this fall collection.

"Indian Quiver" is also a great project for fall. The perfect size to carry your arrows or store them by hanging this up on the wall. If you don’t hunt, fill this project with tall grasses or cattails and hang on the wall.

Sharon Klusmann’s "Cookie Canister" is woven around an airtight container which doubles as a mold and then a storage spot for cookies. A play on color creates a fun striped effect, as the base and lid are both wooden.

"Pumpkin Patch Lady" by Susan Reed-Fanfoni is an adorable addition to your fall collection. Weave her body to the painted face and add her hat and jacket along with rusty tin pumpkin and birdhouse held in her hand.

Susan Reed-Fanfoni’s "Country Canister" is available to weave in pint or quart size. Her unique jars with the pewter tops add to the old fashioned look or weave around your own jam, mayo, or canning jar. The gathered quarter and rusty tin star completes this look to hold tea bags, coins, or buttons.

"Birch ‘n Feathers" by Jackie Carlson is an adorable twill project using birch bark for weavers and natural reed for spokes. Lashed with wax linen, feathers are adding along with birch curls to complete this unique basket. Jackie is now carrying this beautiful birch bark, which is so plentiful in Michigan.

This collection of baskets hopefully will be a great welcome as the seasons change. Have fun playing these colors and weaving these unique creations!

Happy Weaving!!

Sheri Sig

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