Basket Weaving Series: Day 1

I am excited about my new blog series on basket weaving.

I recently had the pleasure of attending a convention with the Texas Basket Weavers Association. I always look forward to an annual convention. It is the ultimate experience for a weaver to gather with fellow basket lovers who have a common interest. We spend four intense days weaving our hearts away.

On Thursday, I took a class from Candace Kats. I choose this class for several reasons: my love for curly qs and the color of the basket.

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The handy dandy green gizmo under the base of the basket was in our goodie bag. I would especially like to thank the person who took the time to create this guide for us. It was a tremendous help in keeping our spokes equally dispersed.

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The pot belly of the basket is taking shape.

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I love the colors of this basket. The top section is defined and sandwiched in between several rows woven with natural round reed.

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Wedding Bells Are Ringing

Our daughter is getting married. Being a seamstress, with a background in English hand smocking and French hand sewing, I always said she has three choices when it came to a wedding gown: she can wear mine, I can make her one, or we can buy one.

She recently tried on my wedding gown and it was a lot of fun reminiscing about our wedding.

I have been shopping at Schoolhouse Fabrics and looking at their selection on the “wedding floor”. They have an incredible selection of bridal gown fabric, satin and tulle.

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An entire wall of motifs to choose from. This photo shows about one third of the wall.

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There is a grand selection of pearl and lace trims.

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