April 6, 2011
I went to the Green Cove Springs, FL, Clay County Fair yesterday. I went with my friend Max and her daughter to do demonstrations. They did bead weaving and I did Pine Needle basket coiling. A fun time was had by all and I was pleasantly surprised to find so many people interested in the basket work. Unfortunately I didn't think to take my camera...
I took several examples of my work. Two that I made last year or so, the red and black one and the one I did with copper wire and Ivy vine. Max brought along 3 pieces that I had done for her and her family. The 'fruit bowl' blue and green, the little purple and blue one I made for her daughter and my only waxed piece a trivet.
I took examples of different types of Pine needles, I even collected some the day before on a nice long bicycle ride. I also took my books and lots of different center pieces along with examples of threads and cards in case anyone wanted to find me.
The weather was gorgeous and I took my 'triangle basket' to work on. So I thought you might like to see what I have so far.
This shot is from the top. The green stripe is some grass my room mate pulled for me. I believe it is Muly grass, also know as sweet grass.
Here it is from an angle so that you can see how deep it is so far. It is a little over 2 in. and I am shooting for 3...I think. I have incorporated green Long Leaf Pine needle's that Dana sent me from Georgia. Wish I had some more.
This one is the bottom so you can see how much my stitching has improved. :-))))
As you can see it is around 9 in. at it's widest.
I have another center like this one with the holes already drilled. My intentions, always subject to modification ya know, is to make another just like it, only a little bit larger diameter. Then I will turn it upside down and place it over this one and it will serve as a top. That way I have to independent baskets or one with a nice tight lid. We'll see how it goes.
I am using waxed linen on this one and I must tell you it is much easier to work with than the unwaxed threads, even when I drag them over the was they are not as nice as this is. Unfortunately this is the only color I can get her locally and I am getting a bit tired of brown. It also comes in very small pkgs. 20 yards for $1.99 at Hobby Lobby, I am already on the 4th pkg at this point. I may have to break down and order some from off line. I am just not sure whether I want to order alot in the same color or lots of colors????
Decisions, decisions, decisions.