It's been quite a while since I've posted anything "weaverly" , but rest assured, I've been weaving! Not as much as I'd like, but I have been able to get a few baskets made in between all the goings-on at my house!
Here is a basket I made from a pattern by Carol Tunnicliffe called "Chasing Twill Oval Bowl".
Take a look:
As you can see, it has a solid twill-woven base. This type of base isn't hard to do, and Carol explains the process very well in her pattern.
The spokes are dyed, the weavers are natural, and the sides are woven in a special continuous twill pattern, accomplishing the swirling effect you see...just beautiful!
Weaving the sides of this basket was a challenge, and a bit time-consuming, but oh so worth it!
This pattern is appropriate for intermediate level weavers....give it a try!
The next basket is from a pattern written by Sharon Klusmann of Cornerstone Baskets. Sharon is one of my favorite basket designers, so when I saw this one I just had to order it.
(She has a very distinctive style and regularly comes up with breath-taking basket patterns!)
It's called the "Pink Ribbon Napkin" basket.
This pretty basket is done with pink dyed spokes with a filled base, and the sides are woven in a simple twill pattern with 11/64" flat oval natural weavers.
I'm not sure what level of weaving she categorized this as, but I think it's very well-suited for beginners. Her pattern is well written and complete.
If you order from her website, you can also purchase a "faith" or "hope" charm embellishment with a hanging pink crystal to add to your finished basket, and she also has it available as a kit.
October is, as you may know, Breast Cancer Awareness month, so go grab your patterns and start weaving!
I encourage all of you, especially beginners, to try stretching yourself beyond what you think you can do.
When you think you can't, remember this:
DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK!