Sunday, 2 September 2012

I’m officially a basket case!!!

Well, maybe not in the true sense of the word…..or I guess it depends on who you ask!!?? But this weekend, I spent at a workshop with Denise Vanderlugt, who is a quilter and fibre artist who works with recyclable materials and all those scraps of fabric you have left over after a quilting project that you just CAN’T throw out, but you just don’t really know what to do with……….yet!!! It was a fab weekend learning how to use plastic shopping bags (we all know how they accumulate!!??), bread bags, mesh onion bags, old denim, ropes, clothesline etc etc etc to create the most gorgeous baskets that will hold some very precious ‘stuff’!!! My little beauty didn’t quite resemble the image I  had in my head……I thought it would look a little more like Denise’s fabulous Rainbow basket…. 042 …..but unfortunately it ended up a little differently……. ….its little mini-cousin perhaps????……   145 Maybe I just need a lot more practice…but we did learn quite a few techniques along the way (believe it or not)……… 147 I learnt how to make a flange on the inside of the lid so my lid fitted snugly inside my basket…… 150 I learnt how to bring in new colours into the rows and quite a few other ‘tricks’ that undoubtedly, I need a LOT more practice with!  But I’m happy that after the two days, I’ve ended up with something finished … AND I’ve learnt how I can start using up some of the scraps I’ve accumulated as well!!! So, after a weekend of instructions, I can now be considered a basketcase!!!!    My family will attest to that, I’m sure….especially when, after arriving home, I presented  my small, ‘prized basket to them with a proud, but silly, grin on my face!   I think they expected a little more after two full days!!!!  They just can’t appreciate true ‘art’ now, can they?!  So…….how was your weekend??? xox Sugary hugs  :O) Signature  

6 comments:

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Wow how clever are you. Your creation looks great and I love it and the colours. hugs

shez said...

very colourful and they look great,well done.xx

Pokey said...

Sometimes we have 'great expectations', lol! Hey, you finished one, it's not just a pile of rags now. AnD, you fit that lid! I know the challenge that is. Overall, I say you did great!
:-}pokey

Jeanette said...

Love your cure little basket.Sounds like you had a fun weekend. Hugs,

Jenny of Elefantz said...

That is so cool!! What a great new skill to learn - and yes, hon, you are a basket case but we all wuvs you anyhow. ;-)
Hugs
Jen
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Michele Bilyeu said...

LOVE your basket! I think you did a great job! I've been wanting to make some for years..got to move it up on my 'to do' list...so cute!