WOOL BRAIDED RUG
My first braided rug turned out nicely. I purchased all the wool at my favorite thrift store: jackets, slacks, coats, skirts and a few pieces of misc fabric. I was delighted to find 7 yards of a lovely tan (and cheap) and it is what I based one whole braid on. The other 2 braids I grouped various colors together and then sewed them into long strips. I love the plaids!
Then the fun began! I folded the strips, then braided them together using a blunt needle with heavy duty thread, double stranded.
After that, I used the same thread and tightly hand sewed each row to make a more secured rug.
Then, voila, I made a rug! What surprised me was how soft it is to stand on. It took me about 6 weeks to make and here's the best part, I can enjoy it for many years!
I bought some anti skid to put it under it to make it more secure. The rug measures 5 1/2' x 4'. Now its time to start another one.
Sometimes when working with natural supplies, as it dries, it has a tendency to occasionally warp out of shape. That's what happened to this small egg basket. I gathered grapevine and make several handles at one time and let them dry. The willow I work while it is green, as it needs to be pliable. Everything was going well, then oops, after it dried it would not sit up straight, so I make a kick stand for it. Perfect!
I've started my holiday baking. My goal this year to make some of the treats my mother and grandmother made for us at Christmas time. Oh my! First I forgot to buy all the ingredients for the fudge, so I started on the Divinity. Holy Moly! It doesn't quite look right, humm. Well then I moved on to the popcorn balls. First batch I burned the syrup coating (not sure if I had the burner up too high or that I was working on a puzzle and NOT paying attention). Batch #2 turn out right (I never took my eyes off of it!). Tomorrow I will make the fudge and the sugar coated dates stuffed with walnuts (if I remember to by everything!). Keep your fingers crossed, cooking is sometimes an adventure for me.
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