January 14, 2012
I decided to see if I could do a small basket. I also decided to try and make a pre-determined shape. Often in my art I let the materials lead me...that is why the last basket has sides that slope outwards. I was really thinking along the lines of a basket with C shaped sides when I started it.
This time I got the shape I wanted. It is 5 1/2 in. at it's widest, and 1 1/2 in. deep. I used blue and purple because I happen to know a 12 yr. old that loves these colors together. I made her the little Peace sign envelope bag if you remember. To my great pleasure she carries it every day.
She got a new desk for her bedroom for Christmas and I thought she might like a little basket for things like paperclips, rubber bands or whatever. So without further ado...the 'tween' basket for Aye.
Isn't it cute! I used a wrapped pine needle center, not an easy thing to do, so I wanted the practice. The blue stitches are the V stitch and the dark purple stitches are the Fern stitch.
When completed I rubbed a piece of candle wax on the stitches (they are also rubbed with wax as I stitch) and then popped it into the microwave for about 45 seconds to melt the wax. This gives it a nice firm feel, even though it was very firm with just the stitches, and it doesn't mask the pine scent I love so much the way waxing the entire basket does.
I thought of adding some embellishments, like beads, but then decided that it stands well on its own merit.
I think she's gonna to like it. :-)
Here you see the side shaping.
EDIT: Feb, 7, 2011 (approx. date), the basket has been present and is duly loved! It sits proudly on the new desk in her room.