Thursday, August 20, 2009

Busy August

I am not sure where this month has gone! My children start school on monday already and it seems summer has just arrived!!! Oh well, guess that just means we had a fun, busy, good summer! After all, time flies when you are having fun, right? Ok, since my last post, I have gone to Missouri for the Missouri Basketweavers Annual Basketweaving Convention held in Independence this year. These are two of the little baskets I made. The one on the left is named "Tiger Twill" and the right is "Purple Heart" Both were designed and taught by Linda Fabian and were a total pleasure to weave.

This is "Aunt Hallie's Lunch Pail" designed and taught by Charles Crenshaw. This basket is made entirely of leather! There is a wooden hoop at the top and bottom and a wooden handle, but all are wrapped in leather. Even the bottom is leather!! being the horse person that I am, I LOVED weaving this one, it smells so good! A nice change in texture from the wet, scratchy reed, to work with soft, supple leather. If I ever get the chance to work with this man again, I will do it in a heartbeat. A truly unique individual with truly unique baskets.

This is Dona Nazerenko's design, "Rectangle Colors".
This little basket is made entirely of birch bark she has harvested, pressed and cut herself. Another treat to work with for me! Aren't the colors just beautiful? The reds are achieved by simply turning the bark over and using the inside. If you peel the layers of the bark you get a different shade as well. Apply mink oil once your done and it really brings the colors out and gives the basket a beautiful sheen without being glossy. Another great class.

And then there was the shopping! Oh my, did I shop! But, I keep reminding myself, I sell these baskets so this is money well spent. If I can just find the time to complete them all!!!! Three of these kits are done, but the patterns! I think I bought about 20 from Laura Lee Zangler. Beautiful twills!!!

And best of all, I found my legs while at the convention!! Arrived in a wheel chair but was able to walk through the airport and off the plane when I got home, best treat of the trip!!! Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers. I should be good for another 3 years now! Let's at least hope so anyway.

I have also been BUSY with demonstrations with my guild, Susquehanna Valley Spinning and Weaving Guild. This month alone we were at the Union County West End Fair, Montour De-Long Fair and the 90th Lithuanian Heritage Festival. All within 8 days!!! Thank you to all who showed up to help, I think we had a great time and had a lot of interest in our craft!

We also started up a sister guild here in Columbia County Pennsylvania open to crafters of all kinds. Our name is Spins and Needles Fiber Arts Guild. Anyone interested in joining us please shoot me an E-mail. We are still working out the details of when and where to meet, but looks like we will be doing a weeknight at one of the local church's community rooms the first week of the month. Dues are $15 month.

Oh, I also found out from one of my guild "sisters" that my spinning wheel, mentioned in the last post, is a Country Craftsman. These wheels apparently are highly sought after and are no longer made. Sounds like I made a good investment!!!! Next weekend it gets dropped off with Fred Hutton to have the treadle replaced and then I am going to refinish it I think. It's not and antique, so refinishing would not affect the value.

Oh, Oh, Oh..I almost forgot!!!! If I can convince my husband, I have already purchased two Shetland sheep!!!! We have the pasture, stall and hay, just need to reinforce our fencing a little bit and we are ready to go. One has a lamb at her side yet, so I have about 2 more weeks until she is ready to go. It may take that long to convince my husband, but I am not backing off of this one. I WANT MY SHEEP!!!!


Life Looms Large said...

You have had a busy summer!

Those first two baskets are beautiful!! They remind me of acorns. They have lids, right? (I can't totally tell from the picture.)

I've never even heard of making a basket out of leather. What a great idea!!

The birch bark basket is super cool too. (I guess I should have just complimented all of your work - since I keep saying that I love each and every basket, eh?) I'm fascinated by birch bark, even though I haven't worked with it. Still on my list of things to try!

Wow - and you're getting sheep!! (Fingers crossed anyway - hope the hubby decides sheep would be awesome. Can sheep take the place of a lawnmower?)

I was just talking to a knitter yesterday whose husband wants sheep. She doesn't really want them, although she's OK with it. I was thinking it would make her start to spin, but she doesn't think so.

Take care!

Juliana said...

Oh my goodness, so many wonderful things in this post! The baskets are absolutely gorgeous, and LOVE LOVE LOVE the leather one! Wow!!!
Glad you had a great time at the convention and that your MS took a vacation as well! (My Brother-in-law struggles with MS as well)
Thanks so much for sharing your bounty! :)

Tam said...

Gorgeous baskets Deb!
Glad to here the MS is now on vacation.
Good luck with the sheep!
Hugs from Auntie

cyndy said...

The baskets are gorgeous--terrific materials--crisp designs--lovely!

OOOOOO...Shetland Sheep! What color did you get??

Looking forward to meeting you this weekend..let's hope the hurricane blows out to sea!

Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

your baskets are incredible!

I have a Country Craftsman wheel too - acquired last year although I hate to admit I've done little spinning on it - mostly spin on my Lendrum and Majacraft.

Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

Those baskets are amazingly beautiful. Miss you posting and hope all is well.