Greetings to all:
With our recent warm temps, it's hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner.
It has been a busy guild year so far and we have been lucky to have some great instructors teach-ing a nice variety of baskets and even bracelets.
I hope everyone has had a chance to complete a basket survey to help with planning future guild direction. If not, please take a couple of minutes to do so. This will be my last year as guild presi-dent and to date no one has volunteered to take over those duties. North Shore Basket Guild has been around since 1999 and I think all of us want it to continue. To do so, we need some new blood to step up to the plate. Please consid-er nominating yourself for President or one of the other positions that will be vacated next year.
We have a fun December meeting planned with a pizza luncheon and ornament making. Hope to see you all there.
Keep on weaving,
The North Shore Basket Guild was established in May of 1999. The Guild meets the second Saturday of each month (except June, July and August) at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 410 North Arlington Avenue, Duluth, MN, from 9:00 — 2:00.
Dues are $25 a year and are payable in October of each year. A non-member may attend one class without paying dues, however paid members are given preference if there is a class limit.
To get in touch with the North Shore Basket Guild please email Shirley Adamczak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our thanks to Todd Pleski who gave a very interesting presentation on staining and caring for wood bases at our October guild meeting. You may contact Todd at: email@example.com for bases.
Marking half on a hoop for egg baskets? Throw that tape measure away! I have a quicker way. Most hoops are not exactly round, or exactly the same dimensions. When ordering, ask that they be "matched". They will come to you taped together. I will use a 12" hoop for example here. Place one hoop on your quilting mat, with the join on the 6" line. Move the hoop around a bit, until aligned the same with the 12" lines. Take your pencil and mark inside and outside of hoop on the 6" line. Repeat with the other hoop.Della Pleski
Rather than using flat reed for the rim row, twine 3 rows of #2 round reed. That way you don’t need to worry about having he right “tucked” spoke. Also, on the corners, you can tuck both spokes, making the basket stiffer. *Use caning to lash a rim, it is a lot stronger!Della Pleski
When putting in filler spokes, tuck the “chicken feet” to the outside and make sure the filler spokes are woven in with the right side up so that they can be bent to the outside without breaking. This may be contrary to what the pattern says but it will give a neater edge.Phyllis Knutson
When double lashing (“X”) pull half the lashing material through to the inside of the basket and leave it. With the other half of lashing do single lashing around. When you finish once around, take the lashing material inside the basket and begin crossing the first lashing going in the opposite direction until the basket has been lashed. This method saves wear and tear on the lasher.Phyllis Knutson