Friday, August 19, 2011

I'm seeing spots!


You may remember these images, of the Dot yarn I spun during the Tour de Fleece. I had a special project in mind for those pretty dots.


I wanted to make a coil basket, woven so all the dots jingled on the outside of the basket, I love that musical little sound.


When the body of the basket was done, I decided it needed to have a footed bottom. I had a bit of an idea of how I wanted it to look, but I wasn't exactly certain how to accomplish it. So I had to start with what I did know, and move forward from there. I knew if I made the felted bits, the round felted tubes and the round felt beads, I would be half way there. Once I had my felted components, I just kind of lived with the idea. Sometimes you have to wait awhile, things happen just when they are meant to. (There's a life lesson or two in there somewhere.)


I added a polka-dot patterned flannel band around the rim, and used one of my vintage buttons for a closure. I love circles! (I was advised by one of my favorite professors in art school, "Everybody has this thing that wants to crop up in their work all the time, with you it's circles...try to edit the circles." That conversation still makes me giggle!)

I really enjoyed this project, I know, I know, I say that with every project, but it's true!

I hope everyone has a delightful weekend, and if you are in Michigan, or close by, tootle over to Allegan to the Michigan Fiber Festival and check out all the fabulous doings. Including the booths of Andrea the Wonder Why Gal, and Melissa of Needle and Wheel Designs and of course so many more!!!

Blessings Friends!
Melissa


13 comments:

  1. It looks great, I can never work out how to use art yarn, but that is a fantastic idea

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  2. This is amazing! So fabulous. Did those circles fit through the orifice on you wheel?

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  3. WOW that is just more than I can find words for. I made a bingo chip container years ago for my mom but it holds them inside. The colors, style and design are so very unique. Great job girl.

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  4. Thanks Ladies! Yep, the dots fit quite nicely through the orifice of the jumbo flier on my Lendrum.

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  5. That looks awesome, and I love the footed bottom, so creative :)

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  6. It is even more amazing in person! Everyone says so.

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  7. This is so creative! I wouldn't for the life of me be able to figure out how to make that footed bottom.

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  8. What a clever little container-I loved that yarn when I first saw it and wondered what could be done with it-great job!

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  9. That is just amazing! Totally adorable and absolutely functional. I wish you would have brought it to Fiber Festival. I would have LOVED to have seen it in person.

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  10. Oh my gosh! I love it. I totally remember that yarn from TdF. I was wondering what you were going to do with it.

    That basket is absolutely fabulous. I'm completely in love. :-)

    Nice Job!

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  11. Well, that footed bottom is incredibly original and very awesome! I also remember that TdF yarn, and am amazed at how it's been used - very wonderful.

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  12. your little basket is soooo amazing melissa! <3

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