Winter 2007 "Just Patterns"

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From Sheri’s Studio….

The seasons are finally changing; days are getting cooler and darker much earlier as the daylight gets shorter. Fall was so late this year. The fall season has seemed even longer with our warmer weather and the colors still on the trees. Plus now we have less leaves to rake with our new landscaping. 

My School has also had changes this year. I am now teaching in Trimesters. This means that I am teaching a longer day, but I will have the Winter session off. I will be able to enjoy the Holidays, the first of the year and begin teaching again in March. I am teaching the same amount just in a closer format. I continue to see my students daily for a longer class period; plus we are able to get more Art work done. My Art 1 students are finishing their first weaving-a placemat sampler using the pattern very similar to the one I featured in the Fall Issue. My Advanced students are weaving a Rainstick that I wrote a grant for and are also trying some new techniques. So neat to see teenagers get so excited about weaving as I share my passion with them. 

For the Winter Issue I have designed a “Golden Bell using a random weave to shape this Holiday ornament. Then spray bell gold; add holly, berries, ribbon and a bell to finish this piece. Make one or a whole tree of these to ring in the New Year!  

Dels is a family business which specializes in Nantuckets. Featured here is the “Flower Frog” which uses a cherry base already attached to the flower frog in 3 sizes. Weave with caning and add a solid cherry “cheeter” rim to finish this functional basket. Fill with fresh, silk or dried flowers or try an arrangement with pheasant feathers and twigs. 

The second piece from Dels is “Doc Magee’s Mini Nantucket” dedicated to a forensic scientist who wove small cane baskets on the island of Nantucket. Starting out with an oval cherry base, cane staves are inserted and woven with caning over a wooden mold. The top includes a solid cherry rim-this is where the word “cheeter” comes into play. A traditional Nantucket would also have a wooden rim, but it would be attached by adding nails and lashing with caning. Here the rim is “glued” into place. Add a cherry handle if desired and fill in the plug holes with ivory or wood in the base.

Julie Kleinrath has been busy designing several new series. The first shown here is the “Nesting Holiday Trio.” Woven on wooden grooved bases, these 3 are quick to weave baskets with a continuous weave designed to “nest” inside each other. Finish each basket with a matchstick border. 

Julie Kleinrath’s “Yarn Holder” is woven on a grooved wooden base with a hole in the center. This basket is designed to hold a large skein of yarn so it doesn’t roll around. Woven in a continuous weave in a twill design; the basket is finished with a notched handle. Hang up on a light and knit away. 

Holiday Candle Nitelite Basket” by Julie Kleinrath is an oval grooved wooden base with a candle socket and a silicone light bulb. Woven in flat oval, a reed braid finishes the top. Fill with greens and berries and tie on hand painted Santa or snowman wooden disc in a peppermint swirl. 

Please go to my Website www.justpatterns.com, then to the "Pattern Exchange" page to view my “White Woven Christmas” which is woven and then white washed. Ribbons in colorful Christmas colors are added with jingle bells to complete this festive holiday basket. Julie’s “Little Ornament Baskets” designed to be ornaments for your Christmas tree and also works well for holding a small gift certificate envelope. Twill woven, the basket is finished with a leather handle and ceramic choice of snowman, gingerbread man or ivy. Enjoy weaving the baskets featured in this Issue as well as at my Website. 

Christmas Blessings!

Weaving Wishes!

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