Spring Basket 2

It seems that I did not order enough of the colored rope to make two baskets of equal sizes.
The one I made for my grandson today is a bit smaller than the one I made for my granddaughter.
I am beginning to get a better feel for how to gradually change the shape of the basket.
All of these little baskets are helping me prepare for making the baskets for my brother.
I went out for a walk at the Forum, and outside shopping mall.
There is a Hobby Lobby at the end of the shopping strip. I usually park at the other end and walk the one mile strip up to Hobby Lobby. Of course, I had to take a look around. I found the cutest snail and insect buttons. The snails are perfect for my grandson. He loves snails.

March Madness


March Madness has certainly arrived.
I think I over did it in ordering rope.

These arrived in three different envelopes, at three different times today.
Don’t you just love the colored rope?
I think there is one more delivery due tomorrow.

I think I am going to have to wrap the fabric for my brother’s baskets since the fabric is a bit thicker.
I decided to practice the wrap around technique today.
At first, I really doubted if I was going to like the results.
It was a bit too stringy for me, as I wrapped 50 ft of rope.
I had read two different opinions on wrapping.
Some say to wrap as you go; others suggest wrapping the fabric ahead of time.
Since I am still figuring out how to “throw” the bowl, I thought it would be best to wrap the 50 ft and have it ready. Figuring out how to angle the bowl in order to shape it, plus wrapping, would have been a bit much for me.
I made three different bowls, using up every bit of the 50 ft of rope.

A coiled flower was made to finish off this bowl. I added a button to the center.

The medium-sized bowl had one small loop and a button in the center of a coil.
The small ring dish has a cardinal button attached to the small loop.
I think that the result of wrapping the fabric around the rope gives the basket a more organic warmth and natural look.

Coiled Fabric Rope Mania

Today, I received the book I had ordered, It’s a Wrap, by Susan Breier.
After reading the Dedication segment written by Susan Breier, I knew I was going to love this book.
She dedicates the book to all women who don’t have any clue as to what they want to be when they grow up, even though they are already full grown!
Susan Breier also uses the phrase my mother frequently preached about using one’s “God-Given Talents.”
The possibilities for creating with rope and fabric are endless.
I do believe I am caught in a bit of Coiled Fabric Rope Mania.
The other day, I gave some small baskets to my Meemaw friends.
One of the Meemaws said that her granddaughter loved the basket.
She asked if I could make spring baskets for her two granddaughters.
I made two baskets similar to the one I had made my friend.
Then I made one smaller bowl with a wider brim.
With the remaining fabric strip, I made a basket with handles.
I am studying the different techniques in Breier’s book.
There is a square basket that I would like to try out.
Here is a little video displaying the baskets I made today.
I had prepared the fabric rope strips the day before.
This may be the tedious part of the whole process, but it is also fun to put colors together and see what happens.