|Batik Baskets Galore!|
A few weeks back, I got involved in trying my hand at making coiled clothesline fabric baskets. My first attempt was laughable; my progress was noted in my previous post.
|My first itty bitty fabric basket!|
Although my plan had been to use up scraps with these basket projects, I made one of the earlier baskets with some batik fabric I had left over from a 2009 project.
|The batik fabric,which has deep red, blue and golden tan tones.|
I loved how the basket turned out from this fabric. It was just what I had envisioned when I started this project.
|The completed basket. The batik colors photograph so differently in different lights.|
|The first few batik baskets|
After I had made about a half dozen baskets, it occurred to me that I should take a picture of the batik before cutting into little 1/2 inch strips. The batik pattern gets transformed so completely in the basket making. I was attracted to patterns that had some good contrast.
|Blue pink and purple batik.|
|The finished basket. I used a purple thread on this one.|
|Yellow and light green batik.|
|The finished basket from that batik.|
|I now have a stack of batik baskets.|
|The sizes are pretty uniform|
|More of the baskets|
I ended up with some scraps from these baskets, usually one little strip or a bit more. I also had a shorter length of rope and decided to make my own scrappy basket, trying out a much smaller (2 inch) base.
|The leftover strips of the batik. I cut the strips by eye, and I don't worry if the width is uniform.|
|My scrappy basket. I used a multicolor bright thread on this basket.|
|Close up of the outside, which shows off the thread, and all the fabulous colors!|
|This shows the conical shape and smaller base.|
It is possible that some of the batik baskets will be given as gifts this Christmas. This little scrap basket, however, is all mine!
I haven't abandoned quilting! I have two quilt tops finished, and have fabric for two more assembled and ready to cut.
Enjoy the fall!