Saturday, February 4, 2012

Egg Baskets and a New Project

I made the bigger egg basket over the last 12 months, meaning that I started in Dec 2010 and finished it in Jan 2012.  Most of that time, of course, it sat in the basket cupboard not being worked on...  the smaller one I finished in one afternoon last week.  The big one has a 18" oak rim and the smaller one has a 6" oak rim.  The big one has a braided god's eye that I took apart and put together at least 4 times before I got it right.  The smaller one has a traditional god's eye...  Both have twill handles and rims made of cane.  I have resolved to make at least 12 new baskets this year.  One a year just isn't enough to justify calling myself a basketweaver...     
This is a new project that I am starting soon.  I love the outline stitch, find it very relaxing to do and really just love these bird designs.  The problem...I hate to trace these detailed patterns on the background fabric.  I usually use a lead pencil, I trace lightly and my lines disappear, or I don't trace enough of the detail and my design doesn't look right.  I just purchased some Transfer Ease, a product that you run through your printer to copy the paper design on the water dissolvable interfacing material and then embroider over, followed by a cool water rinse to dissolve the interfacing.  I'm going to try it, since I hate tracing, but if you have a better way, I'd love to hear about it.  Thanks!      


  1. I found your blog on the CWB blog. HOW I LOVE THOSE BASKETS!!!!!! I am a basket lover but these two are just stunning. You did such beautiful work. What a pity that you don't live nearby, otherwise I would come immediately to look and feel and admire the baskets!!!!
    Greetings from France; (I became a follower)

    1. Thanks for your comments. This basket pattern is lovely. You should check out a class on basket weaving. It isn't difficult to make these. Sue