From Sheris Studio .
New Year! A New Beginning!
Spring is right around the corner. Winter is great for hibernating. In
Pat Chicklons Heart to Heart is a mini version take-off from a Grace Kabel basket. This small heart uses a cardboard framework to shape the perfect heart. Woven in round and flat oval reed; hang this one up or fill with chocolates.
I hope that you enjoy this Issue of baskets. One of the challenges from the Coordinator at the Michigan Basketry Convention (AMB) was to share your love of weaving with a few people in the next year and keep up the momentum of weaving. Yes, we all love our passion, but are we really sharing this passion to others who might want to give this a try? I have really taken this to heart. In December, I taught all 40 of my Art 1 students how to weave a newspaper basket. After spending 2 class periods on this and learning the techniques; I let them design and weave a CD Basket. The base size was standard-6 x 9, but the weaves were all so different. Some had rows of dyed reed in flat or round reed. Some had a center handle going the long way or the short way across the top, while others had 2 side handles. Some stained a light color, while others preferred the darker stains. Most shared their basket as a Christmas gift to their parents who could not believe their child could actually create such a thing. Then in Januarys Independent time, several students continued their weaving skills creating berry, egg, market, and even large hampers. I have always taught these weaving techniques, but really challenged them to do more. So continue to teach basketry to others throughout the year! I wish you a fantastic woven filled year May all your baskets be full of blessings!
Stay warm and stay inspired...this year!!
Looking for these Patterns? The "Round Pillar Candle Holders" is also designed by Sandy Atkinson. This basket along with others are free patterns available by going to my Website. Please visit www.justpatterns.com and go to the Patterns Exchange Page. There you will find this pattern along with 34 other patterns that you can print out for your own personal use. No Computer? Ask a friend or visit your local Library. Enjoy! Happy Weaving!
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