Basket making is very therapeutic…so when I feel stressed I work on a basket and feel better soon. This basket was made with pine needles, yarn and raffia. Start with pine needles, shape a small round hole in the start with pine needles then cover them with your favorite ribbons or yarn or raffia. This particular basket contains pine needles, yarn, ribbon, and dyed raffia all bought from my local craft stores. See the pine needle ends poking out from the top of the basket? It is lots of fun to let the pine needles appear, here and there throughout the basket. Have fun!
Let’s start a new art project!
This is a picture of a project in progress. Start with an 11″ x 18″ piece of foam core. Draw a pattern on the foam core with a pencil, so you can erase it and change it if you need to. I used up some yarn ends that were left over from previous projects.
You will need a large bottle of Elmer’s Glue with a top that screws open and leaves a line of glue when run along the foam core. Along each pattern piece, ring that section with the color of yarn you want to fill the section. Now lay the glue bottle’s nozzle on the line and carefully make a line of glue. Let it get tacky, it just takes a few minutes. Now lay the color of yarn down along the top of the glue line you have made. Fill in spaces with the color yarn you want.
In this image you can see the detail of how I layer the yarn down on each line of glue. Sometimes you need to work on other sections of the piece so the smaller sections can dry enough to set up well. This is not a project for someone who wants to get something done quickly, as this piece in total took over 30 hours to complete.
Now she is coming along and the background has begun to be filled in. You can give the background different textures to break up the monotony of a single or few color background. Like here I created circles with the yarn even though it may be all the same color to make the texture more interesting.
This was a fun project for me. I love fiber arts, and many of my pieces are centered around beautiful yarns and threads. Hope you enjoyed seeing this project as much as I enjoyed making it. Get the resemblance….I think she looks like me. A real bird brain! Have fun!