Saturday, April 30
Thursday, April 28
Monday, April 25
Sunday, April 24
I've used these flowers both as gerberas and as sunflowers by colouring them in the appropriate colours for the flowers I want.
These are the leaves for sunflowers...
Saturday, April 23
Tuesday, April 12
Friday, April 8
Wednesday, April 6
Now you know how to create a basic basket, why not have a go at changing the shape of your base to an oval or a square and experiment with different colours for your weaving and handles? Try out lots of different embellishments for different themes and occasions. I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial and would love to see some of your finished creations. Have fun!
Tuesday, April 5
25. Stand the first spine straight up. Gather the last spines and lay them to the right behind the first spine. Take the first spine backwards and through the gap between the other spines and the basket as you have been doing all the way around. Work the first spine down firmly over the other spines and lay them all to the right.
26. Now you need to work all the loose ends back through the loop in the second spine. Some tweezers are useful for this process.
27. On the inside of the basket you may have a loose spine or two. Continue slipping these into the loops around the basket edge until they are all secured. You might want to finish with just a spot of glue.
And that's it for today! Now you should have a little basket with a lovely woven edge that's just waiting on a handle. You could use the basket as it is if you don't want or need a handle, or you could tie a piece of string, wire or ribbon across the top as a handle if you wanted to. Tomorrow we will be adding a plaited handle that is secured to the top of the basket to finish off the project.
Monday, April 4
1. With your compass and pencil (or circle template) draw a circle in the centre of one piece of cardstock. The circle should be no more than 3 3/4" in diametre. Draw a number of radiating spines out from the centre of the cardstock to the edges. These should be no less than 1/4" in diametre and should be relatively evenly spaced. Don't worry about getting these perfect, it doesn't matter too much, however you do need to ensure that you have an even number of spines.
3. From the second piece of cardstock, cut five 12" x 1/2" strips. Ink the edges all the pieces if desired. RESERVE THE REMAINDER.
4. With the base flat on the table, fold all the spines up toward the centre of the basket.
5. Choose a spine as your starting point, anywhere is fine. Add a thin piece of double sided tape no longer than 1/2" to the outside of the spine as shown in the picture below.
6. Adhere one of the long strips to the piece of double sided tape as shown. Since I am right handed I find it easier to work to the right, but you may want to do it in reverse if you are left handed.