Monday, November 19, 2012

back into baskets...

this time i'm making some fabric coiled baskets. i've never done them by hand before. i've made some by machine in the past. i'm getting better at controlling the stitch with each one i make. they will be gifts.
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fabric coiled baskets

the lace shawl is finally finished. i learned so much but i don't think i'll ever make one with lace weight yarn again. it's really not something that will keep me warm. it's too light weight. it's really shades of brown, not orange as it appears here.

the pattern is 'Skywalker' by Nelkin Designs

this would probably dress up my dark brown velour dress. it's not really orange as it looks here but shades of brown.
 and i'll leave you with this cute idea for a little thread bowl. it would be perfect for tatters or if you are working on a project where you're just using one type thread. you can hook it onto your belt or purse. i had to make one immediately.

a thread bowl

WISHING YOU ALL A GREAT WEEK AND A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FOR THOSE WHO CELEBRATE.

22 comments:

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

i love the thread infuser idea. i could see a belt of them all hook up and jingling...like those tool belts wear...kidding about that but brilliant. ingenuity at its best. the shawl came out wonderfully well - it looks to me like an heirloom - probably the color but i'm totally impressed since i wouldn't never be able to devote that amount of time (not now anyway) and how lovely your baskets are. who needs to get out and about when you can have so much fun just cranking...i often dream about the perfect little workshop - house. can you imagine - one room for each little media to play with - one for stitching, one for painting, one for knitting, etc. and it would all come with a lovely stash, or i could just organize better! take care - you too if you do the turkey thing...mom and i will probably spend the day quietly - which is just fine. enjoy.

kaiteM said...

i love little coiled fabric baskets and bowls, your will be very welcome i'm sure.

karen said...

The baskets are great Deanna and the shawl, in my opinion, is a triumph. The fact that the colour isn't true in no way lessens the obvious fact that it took skill and patience to create.

Jeannie said...

Beautiful baskets and the tea infuser idea is fabulous! I like Henrietta's idea of having a bunch linked together. Perhaps some embroidery floss would like a new home? Wishing you a peaceful and beautiful Thanksgiving. Thank YOU for always inspiring and sharing your creations.

Penny Berens said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you.
I love, love, love your coiled baskets and think they are much easier by machine. Perhaps I should try by hand.
Such a handsome shawl...you'll wear it well.
And is that thread bowl a tea leaf holder?

Peggy said...

Love your baskets, Deanna, I've never made one but maybe someday. And your shawl is beautiful -- that is a LOT of lacework there! Congratulations!

Nat Palaskas said...

You did a lovely job with the stitched baskets. They are great for gifts. I should be making some myself - Hugs Nat

saskia said...

those baskets are great: decorative and useful - how could I make one?
and yes: a good gift.
beautiful shawl!

blandina said...

I learned to make the baskets by machine sometime ago, frankly I forgot it so thank you for reminding me that I have another skill!
I love the shawl, such a pretty thing, it looks perfect on your velour dress and probably will keep your neck worm when wearing a jacket.

neki desu said...

your shawl came out just lovely. and the yarn infuser is oh so clever!

Rachel said...

You might be surprised by the shawl - light and lacy sometimes ends up warmer than you expect!

underatopazsky said...

The shawl has come out really well and looks beautiful. Love the little coiled baskets as well!

Judy said...

Congrats on finishing your shawl! I've never finished a lace weight shawl. I see them worn here during the Spring and Summer, but not winter.
Your bowls are lovely! Lucky recipients!

xo

Nancy said...

What a beauty-filled post! I love the baskets, especially the multi-colored one. What a lovely shawl you've created. The real icing on the cake for your velour dress! It's very pretty :)
What a clever idea the tea infuser is. Imagine a row of them, hanging from a piece of driftwood! A work of Art!! Haha
Have a wonderful time, however you spend the holiday. I am thankful for the richness you have brought into my life.

Mo Crow said...

Your shawl is fabulous, an heirloom lace indeed Deanna! have been thinking all morning about lace and veiling & how it seems to work best in neutral bone colours although I do love the mystery of a Spanish black lace mantilla... I need to do some experiments to see why... am seriously thinking of joining Karen Ruane's Alchemy class to get some ideas going 'round this...

liniecat said...

The shawl may well be warmer than you expect and its wonderful Deanna, youve done a really great job there. I doubt I could ever use such fine yarn so I admire your tenacity!
Love the bowls. I bought a book on how to make them once...........it sits on the shelf lol......so maybe one day I'll give it a try!!

Deb G said...

Love them all... I love my lightest shawls/scarves as a layer between bare skin and my rain coat, so much more comfortable. That's probably not as much of an issue for you though. :)

Marie said...

Love the tea infuser idea with thread and what a lovely shawl you made. The baskets are fabulous! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! xo

jude said...

you could dye bits of thread like that, even in tea!

Mo Crow said...

Deanna I just found a pdf of the 120 page Singer instructions for Art Embroidery published in 1911 to go with my vintage Singer it has lots of techniques for making lace. here's the link-
http://archive.org/details/singerinstructio00sing
this will keep me amused for years!

Anita said...

Beautiful bowls! I like the blue one.The lacy shawl looks gorgeous!

Susan said...

I have been catching up on all the lovely things you have been up to. I love your coil baskets. Useful beautiful.

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