Sunday, July 19, 2009

Basket Weaving Class

I took a basket weaving class this weekend. It was a fun time with a gourmet lunch. It is a 2 day fiber workshop with several different classes offered at Shearbrooke Farm in Standish, Maine. For the basket weaving class, we made a potato basket.

Getting it started is the unfun part. You need 6 hands to keep everything in place until you get it going.

Then it got fun after things would stay in place on it's own.

This is my finished basket with Ben modeling in it for me. He was being a very good model which is unusual for him.

It is plenty big & will hold lots of fiber. My husband couldn't believe it when I showed him. He said "You didn't make that just today." He expected me to come home with a little bread basket or something a lot smaller than this.

If you want to check out the workshop info, go to this link. It is held once a year, always in July. A portion of the proceeds go to the Guatemala Education Fund, in support of the children of Maya weavers and crafts people.
We had beautiful weather here in Southern Maine this weekend. It's about time.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Summer Excursions

Aaaawwwww, ain't they cute! Sadie was laying on me Oreo came up & laid on her. I wanted to be in the picture but had to get up to take the picture.

We took a little day trip to Popham Beach here on the coast of Maine. It was about a 2 hour drive from our house. On the way there I stopped in to Halcyon Yarn & bought 7 cones of unmercerized cotton for weaving towels & napkins.

It was very overcast at the beach. We collected seaweed for our compost bin, driftwood & sea sponges.

Hubby posing by one of the cannons at Fort Popham near Popham Beach. We had lunch at a little seaside restaurant that is behind the cannon. They had awesome clam chowder.

On the drive away from the beach, hubby spotted this deer drinking from the river.

This past weekend we went to Rangeley, Maine. It is over a 2 hour drive from our house. We stopped & took this scenic photo along the way. It was so beautiful.

And then we continued on after a day at Rangeley to a July 4th get together with my family. I had a really nice time with my family. My Mom is doing this new needle work that she recently learned. It is called Amish Embroidery (also known as chicken scratch). It is pretty cool how it looks like lace & it is just cotton gingham fabric & cotton embroidery floss. My Mom did the blue one & I wanted to try it so I am doing the green one for her.

Well, that's all for now.