Monday, July 21, 2008

Three Mini Baskets Ready To Be Given To Their New "Best Of Class" Owners Soon


A few days ago I mentioned that I was making a few on these mini baskets to be given as a little extra gift for Best In Class winners in our County Fair's Textile Division, run by the inimitable Susan Rosenberg, Superintendent. I tried some new techniques with these. One of them, the green and yellow one, was stabilized by using a bit of my favorite GAC 400 textile stiffener. I love the way this stuff works and I also love the way I can adjust the amount of stiffness by adding water if I want. I boiled the purple,pink and yellow basket in some mild detergent so see what would happen if I shrank the fabric a bit more. The result was good. Stiffer than doing nothing, but not as stiff as using the GAC 400. It's easy to bead these baskets no matter what finish I use and it's always good to have options.

I also spent part of the weekend beading on my knitting bag that I have made from (for the most part) the three fleece that I got from the Fair last year. One side is completed! I still need to make a braided handle, but I want to see how the completed beading looks before I figure the braid design out.

I played a bit with paints and patterns from my Journaling class this weekend too. Still working out a few things on the pages. Amazing how much more emphasis I now place on having a good background. I did a little binding on a large traditional quilt quilt and it is almost finished.I am trying to pace myself a bit & remind myself that I still next a bit more rest than usual. The Prednisone is doing it's wonderful job (along with the antibiotics) and I am feeling just about right now. I stayed up until about midnight 30 last night though so I think I will be ready to go read my biography "Privilege and Scandal: The Remarkable Life of Harriet Spencer, Sister of Georgiana" by Janet Gleeson pretty soon. I am finding is an easier, more interesting read than Amanda Foreman's "Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire" was. So much of that period of European history that I know so little about. Must have been a very enigmatic time.

9 comments:

StegArt said...

Love those baskets!

Vicki W said...

The baskets are so cute! What a cool prize.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

these are so sweet!!

you are such a wonderful, talented and GENEROUS spirit! those best of class winners are going to be beaming brightly !

the book and period sound intriguing. must check it out.

glad to hear you are feeling better - folks do claim prednisone is a miracle when needed!

namaste.

La Tea Dah said...

Your little baskets are ADORABLE!

Exuberant Color said...

the little baskets are so cute!

jenclair said...

They are all lovely!

Doreen K. said...

Those are so cute. I can't imagine sewing on something so small. The winners should be very happy to receive one of these.

Shannon said...

Gorgeous! I'm totally jealous.

Waltraud said...

So beautiful, these baskets!

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