Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The guild I belong to -- South Coast Weavers & Spinners Guild -- had a basketweaving workshop on Monday. There were about 10 of us who attended and one of our members, Laurie, taught us how to make baskets out of the dried fronds of the dracena. The long fronds with brightly colored orange ends were soaked in water for a couple of hours beforehand to make them more pliable. Here are some pictures of baskets in progress:

And here are some of the completed baskets. I love doing these workshops because each person's work is different as the inner creativity comes out.

Some weavers decided to put moss or a plant in their basket.
I took my basket home and filled it with some colorful roving and six beautiful wooden drop spindles. The juxtaposition of the handcrafted wood and the funky handmade basket was just perfect.
Aside from the basket making adventure, I have been working on a pair of socks with the yarn I spun from Sandy's handpainted superwash Corriedale. I have finished one sock and am halfway through the second one. The pattern is Lynne Vogel's "Shortie Entrelac Sox" on US2 needles.

A group of us (spinners) are continuing to meet on the third Friday of each month down at Common Threads yarn store in Encinitas. We'll be there from about 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Anyone who wants to join us is welcome. The dates are: July 18th, August 15th and September 19th. This is social spinning and not a class. For anyone interested in learning to spin/spinning lessons, you can contact Nancy at Common Threads.

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