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Summer 2001 "Just Patterns"


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From Sheri's Studio....

The school year is quickly drawing to an end. Field trips, graduations, and open houses await most of us. This year my son, Brian is an 8th grader ... how can my "baby" be graduating and going to high school? I will also be attending high school and college graduations for other family members! Then summer will hopefully find me weaving outside and enjoying our Michigan sunshine!

"Woven Floral Vase" was a project my basket roommate, Pat Symanski came up with for Spring Event 2000. Drinking lots of ice tea, our Dream Weaver's Guild used Snapple Fruit Drink Bottles as our mold; each member used the same shape, but wove a different design. The 2 featured are my woven centerpieces using natural and dyed reed with a great way to use up scraps while French Randing-a diagonally weave. Great filled with fresh flowers!

Jackie Carlson has 2 baskets featured in this issue. The first is called the "Pot Belly Twill" with its wooden base and Native Cherokee dyed reed in an easy over 2, and under 2 twill weave. A pine needle rim and leather leaves complete this basket

The "Toothpick Holder" is a wooden pedestal piece with waxed linen woven in the middle section. Add beads to accent your holder and compliment your table or buffet. On a personal note, Jackie was originally a student of mine and now is teaching classes in her own home shop, Summer Meadow and an advertiser in Just Patterns!

"Grandpa's Wheelbarrow" is my project in round reed crafted with my Grandfather Louis Grimm. I loved designing with him while using his woodworking skill; I dearly miss him since his death, but am releasing our design. Order remaining supplies from me or have your favorite woodcutter make these for you.

My "Butterfly" is a great project for all ages. Try this one with children for Scouts or Vacation Bible School. Weave in dyed or natural round reed and add color using acrylic paints and silk flowers creating this whimsical project.

Happy Summer!

Sheri Sig

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