What a treat to all be together.
Ricci and Janean
Ricci showing the ladies her amazing quilt that was just done by Cindy Needham.
Janean had the cutest bag.
Tauna was carrying a really great one too, this one all out of wool.
After the ladies left, we got down to business.
The main reason Ricci, Linda and I got together today was to work on baskets. We saw these in a book and wanted to give them a try. I knew I wanted to sit next to Ricci and Linda and soak up their creative ideas.
We used the book "It's a Wrap" by Susan Breier. So many wonderful projects inside!
Linda made her first basket the other night so she could give us some tips for putting them together.
*The little balls inside of the bowl are are Ricci's. As she gathers small little strips of fabric scraps that she would normally throw away, she instead wraps them into a ball.
When I first looked at these baskets I thought they would be very complicated. Can I just tell you, it was pretty much a breeze. We all agreed, these are much easier to make than we expected. The book is wonderful because it contains a lot of pictures that pretty much guide you through step by step.
I especially loved it, because I could use my fabric scraps. Cut strips into around 3/4 inch wide. Wrap those around nylon cording. Linda got "Clothesline" that can be found at a store like Walmart or K-Mart.
We didn't finish our baskets, but are very close to being done. Linda will still add some color on the top of her black.
Mine will be a basket made out of red and yellow. I've just started building up the sides.
Ricci is making a plate and adding couching. It helps to work at Superior Threads where we are around so many beautiful threads that add an extra touch to our projects. As Ricci zig- zagged, she placed a beautiful metallic down first, which added sparkle to the seams.
This picture is a little blurry, but you get the idea. Ricci will eventually weave the ends of the metallic through with a needle.
Our time together was up before we finished the projects, but we can quickly complete at home.
It was so much fun just to have a girl friend day, to visit, have lunch, and learn a new skill. I am loving these baskets! And now that I see how easy they were to do, I may have a new addiction.