New photos and questions
- I posted pics of my latest baskets. These are my first ones and were
inspired by baskets from Judy Mallow's book. I am anxious to start
some new ones with my own designs as lay awake at night thinking of
unique ideas (at least I hope they are). Basket-making is so
I was in the craft store the other day and was drawn to a wall of
embroidery floss. There were many beautiful colors in jewel tones and
it made me wonder if anyone uses floss to wrap their coils. I am not
sure the floss is strong enough for the entire basket but I thought it
might work for the decorative wrapping of coils. Thoughts anyone?
Nice baskets! I can see the Judy Mallow influence.
I used embroidery floss once, because I like the variety of colors
available too. I used it for all the stitching, and it was
sufficiently strong. I used 2 or 3 threads together, just as you do
when you use if for emboidery. If you go to my photo
album "Gloria_A" and look at the picture called "Tops and baskets"
the one I did with embroidery floss is the basket top in the
foreground. I used brown and orange embroidery floss. I don't
remember why I didn't make more baskets with floss. I think I got
some dyed raffia and started using that and liked it better.
As I said, since then I've used dyed raffia, sometimes dying my own.
If you look in my album "Gloria_06", the baskets labeled "Full wrap"
and "Triangle Twist" were both done with dyed raffia and have nice
vibrant colors. In that album there's also a basket labeled "Paper
Raffia". I didn't like the paper raffia and don't recommend that.
I look forward to seeing more of your baskets. You're right, this is