Sunday, January 29, 2012

Go Purple

I took a class at Quilts and Treasures in East Longmeadow MA where we made baskets by wrapping fabric around clothesline rope and sewing it together. Well – that was not only fun but very addictive.  I made this basket during the class (I got extra credit for the ric-rac –ha ha!)
Then I started to make this little one. My daughter wants me to finish it and give it to her!

Then I kind of got carried away and started to make a beach bag out of just rope – purple rope! I’ve used two spools of rope – that’s 150 feet of rope folks, and it measures  about 16 x 7 x 3. My daughter links I should add a lime green stripe – should I?

All of this basketry is cutting into my quilting and tangling time. But I got back at it. The Diva challenge recently was to add purple to your tangles. Here’s a page from my sketch book with a couple of purple tangles on it. I used Prismacolor pencils for the purple.

I’m still trying to add all of the official Zentangle™ tangles to my sketchbook. Here are two pages with lots of tangles on them. I tried working with the negative space. It was a lot of fun!
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  1. Elaine you are blowing me away with your creative spirit. I love the rope bowls and bags. Do you sew the rope alone with a needle or a machine? I also think your quest to tangle the official tangles into your book is an excellent idea. I'm behind - way behind. Haven't even finished the canvas bag we received at class. I have knit a sweater, however, if that qualifies as an excuse.

  2. Wow, Elaine.. how did I NOT notice those bowls yesterday?? They're fantastic! I've done similiar baskets with handspun yarn and unspun fiber wrapped around rope.. it IS fun! And the bag is great... and hey.. purple and green go GREAT together... ;-) ask Ann and I about those colors some time!

  3. These basket/bowls are fabulous. I admired the basket on Saturday, but didn't have a chance to ask how you put it together. The blog is wonderful, too. I really need to organize my tangles better. No excuse to offer here. :>)