With school now being on Trimesters, I was fortunate enough to have the Winter term off from my Art program. I was able to go to
So here are my picks for this Issue. I might even say the B Issue-Birds Nest, Bandanas, Bird House, Big Totes, Bunnies and Beach Walks. The first is my challenge to you to experiment with new media-like I did, of course, you can do this in #1 round reed, but try super fine wire to create your own random weave Birds Nest.
The NorEsta is featured with 3 of their beautiful, big totes. The Twill Tote can be woven in solid colors (they dye 112 solids and 20 variegated colors) or in space dyed. Handles are wrapped in dyed reed. The other two Double Wall Totes feature leather handles or Shaker tape to accent your carry all. Both are double woven which means that they will be sturdier than ever to carry your belongings as you weave 2 layers; try this weave.
NorEsta has also designed the Bandana Basket which is a nice sturdy square base to round basket with dyed side accents. The 4 corners are left open to slip the colorful bandana into place. Once you weave one, youll want to continue and do many colors which would be great as a snack basket for parties or a roll basket.
Bird House by Marla Helton is a neat functional home for your feathered friends. Marla grows her own gourds and then creates with them. This one can be hung indoors as an accent or outdoors to greet your flying neighbors; a great gourd project.
Beach Walk is one of my longer weaving projects that starts out with a grooved wooden base and slab rattan which is dyed. The inner core of the cane takes the dye very well and the outer cane will look variegated or like a crackle effect; very striking! Then Randing weave accents the center while lashing above and below this creates Xs which shows my love of the beach; add a sea shell or starfish for accent.
My Bunny Gourd is a cute and easy addition to Spring. Either leave gourd natural like here or paint white to create this bunny. Add facial features with a black Sharpie and dyed round reed. Ears can be formed with pipe cleaners. Tie a bow around the neck and then sit in a paper cupcake liner which will help your bunny stand and look even cuter.
Looking for the Bonus Pattern? The NorEsta has also designed this colorful "Easy Tote Twill" using their space dyed reed for the weaving along with wrapping the handles. Please go to my Website www.justpatterns.com and go to the Pattern Exchange Page. Here you will find this Pattern along with over 3 dozen patterns that you can use for your own personal use. No Computer? Ask a friend or visit your local library.
these projects and the change of seasons! Remember
it does not matter what the season is as long as you
are happy! Happy Spring! and Happy Weaving!
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