Dianne here….We are out at our vacation rental on the coast of Northern California. We aim to come out monthly as there are a myriad of maintenance issues to do and supplies to bring…and we enjoy it. We try for mid week so as to leave weekends free for renters (special Braider rate: VRBO #615198) and our lives allow for that flexibility. Even with the maintenance issues, I find it so restful and productive to braid and hook while here….
Readers know I made a hit and miss rug for the great room last year. It replaced a modern abstract rectangular rug which was probably a decorator choice and came with the house, but I love the hit and miss and that it makes the house more ours. Here is a shot from the loft where we slept last time we were out as the house was full of relatives:
I should apologize right now in that I am trying to write this on my iPad and WordPress is not as friendly to iPads as it is to PCs….
I have made a small wall hanging in braids and several baskets for the remote and candy and we purchased and hung a felted painting made by a Canadian friend/artist so the house is becoming more ours…and with that some trepidation that things will be taken care of. So far so good.
The corner of the great room is the stunner, looking out to the Pacific Ocean and the Albion River Bridge, the largest wood trestle bridge left in CA (and there is controversy around relaxing it for seismic purposes but the wood is treated with arsenic so that might save our bridge!
The window facing the view has a piece of pie shaped shag rug under 2 upholstered chairs. I don’t mind the shag but my husband uncharateristically thinks it’s outdated and has been lobbying for a rug….that story is for another blog but suffice it for now to show you the hooked whale which will be laced into the braided rug for the corner. Gary drew it and I hooked it with some velvet to add spice since it won’t be walked on.
IT is a grey whale spouting, not a Moby Dick whale because my husband is a stickler for accuracy and we only see grey whales from this window. The beige is the shag which will be replaced by the braided rug in a pie of pie shape…stay tuned.
But a Tisket…..I have gravitated to baskets for a long time, perhaps because they are easier to take on planes to Braid Ins, perhaps because they take less wool, perhaps because braided RUGS aren’t as popular out here in CA….anyway I have and a recent renter to our place saw this basket I made for the pens and pencils, etc and ordered 6 small baskets to give as Christmas presents. It is what I call a hybrid basket, continuous base with an enclosed end start and taper and butted sides. Advantage is it has a flat top and you can alter the rows for decoration, yet not all butted so goes faster!
I brought some combinations of wool and velvet out to the coast to get started and made this velvet bowl with a top lip out of my hand dyed stretch velvet. 1/3 yd made the basket. Thanks to basket friends (and in Jenn’s case student of years ago) for the lip idea: Jenn Kiarsis and PeggyAnn Watts.
Another use for the baskets is as hats for those friends who are into retro. I have one such friend, Jill who is as petite as I am tall and whose hair is as short as mine is long: she covets my baskets as hats and I have made her several. I try to put velvet in as one strand as the stretch gives the hat more ‘give’….here is the latest with a velvet rosette and Jill modeling.