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Winter 2002 "Just Patterns"

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From Sheri’s Studio ...

Seems like the seasons are coming quicker this year. Michigan has already had snow in October and watching JV soccer with flurries around you with autumn leaves on the trees doesn't seem quite right. Later this fall my parents will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary as they were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1952. Congratulations Dad and Mom!

MY "Lost Mitten" is a great project in round reed. Weave a pair of mittens or a solo "lost" reed mitten. Seems Re every year, I pull out gloves and mittens for the winter, there are missing pairs; one has gone astray.

No Christmas tree is complete without an angel. "Tricia's Angel" designed by my basket roommate Patricia Symanski fits the bill. A great mini angel uses a Styrofoam cone as a mold. This angel is easy to make and fun to decorate.

Sharon McElroy's "Sammy McSnowman" will greet the season and your front door guests. This woven wall basket is transformed into an adorable snowman complete with top hat, carrot nose, button eyes, and a woolen scarf.

My two small sizes "Sammy Jr. and Sally Snowman" can be hung on your tree, wreath, or doorknob. Add holly or candy canes through the top opening of the basket.

My "Holiday Saplings" are two mini evergreens, which will complete your holiday festivities. Add the year or name to the wooden star on the top of "Swirl' and get out Grandma's button tin or jar and add some antique buttons to the "Button Tree".

"Whirligig's Mitten" by Julie Kleinrath starts out with a wooden base and back wall. Each row is woven into itself and the swirl round reed makes a nice accent. Hang on a wall by the back door to hold your mittens or dried arrangement.

The "Oval Lidded Double Layer Basket" also by Julie Kleinrath is an interesting shape with a fun technique of a wider natural weaver and centering a smaller dyed piece on top. Makes for a very sturdy weave. This basket is topped off with a wonderful wooden lid.

I hope that you will enjoy creating these baskets along with your own winter basket weaving projects. Enjoy any snow that might come your way! Happy Holidays! Happy Weaving!

Sheri Sig

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