May Your Life Be Like A Basket...Useful...Bountiful...Beautiful...

Basketmaster's Weavings is about my passions, much of which revolves around basket weaving. I weave with reed and I love teaching others to weave. Many of the patterns and styles that I show in the blog are geared to the beginning weaver, or even the brand new weaver. If you have been thinking about wanting to learn to weave, then this blog is for you. Throughout the blog and videos I take you step by step through each and every process of weaving. I want you to be successful in weaving the very first time you try. For the intermediate and advanced weaver, my wish is that you take ideas that I show, mix them up a bit, and incorporate them into your own beautiful creations.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sharing a Book--Between Friends, Craft Projects to Share

I checked out this book at the library, "Between Friends, Craft Projects to Share" by Charlotte Lyons. Let me tell you, it is just lovely. I know this isn't basket weaving related, but many of us weavers have a strong gene for crafting that runs in our blood. This book is more than just craft projects. It is some beautiful reading that speaks of the bond between women as friends and the bond that increases through doing crafts together. It does have projects that are divided into sections: projects that can be done in an hour, half day, all day, weekend long, and longer. The projects in the book are just my taste and style. They are cozy, warm and inviting crafts, not too over-the-top artsy, although I'm sure if that is your style, you could put your own spin on the crafts mentioned in this book. I've just done some searching and have found that Charlotte Lyons has a website HERE. She has a blog HERE. Now, I've just found those sites, so I haven't spent time on her blog and website, but believe me I will be reading it over the summer. By the way, if you go to, you can look through several of the pages in her book.
I know for myself, weaving and scrapbooking are so much more fun when I get together with friends. I have found however that the crocheting I've been doing recently, I quite enjoy going on my back patio all alone and crocheting on the outdoor sofa listening to the birds, enjoying my garden and the breeze through the trees. I've decided that the repetition of crocheting is just what I've needed to relax from the stress of two teenage daughters and a pre-teen son. (Should my children be stressful? Learning to drive, interested in boys. Yikes!)
Do you do crafts or hobbies other that basket weaving? If so, I'd love to hear about them.
Have a wonderful day. I hope the weather is just as pretty in your neck of the woods as it is here in New Mexico this morning. The sky is blue and there is just a slight breeze. I have the windows and patio door wide open. I've watered the rosemary that's out the back door so the smell is simply yummy.


Anonymous said...

Nancy, I think it is not unusual for crafty people to be interested in a lot of different crafts. I used to crochet many years ago, while the rest of the family watched t.v., which I really didn't care for. As the kids got into different things, scouts, 4-H etc, I did what ever they did. Be sure and let us see some of your crochet projects.

Juliana said...

Nancy, I looked at the website you referred to, and her work is wonderful!
I like to crochet, and have done cross-stitch, rug-hooking, etc, but my "other" favorite hobby is book-making! I don't get to do that as often as I'd like though!
BTW, it's been raining all day here in PA, and only in the 60's! Luckily I have an awesome Blog to read to brighten my day!

Barkley's Mommy said...

Ooooh... Another book I "need" to add to my collection! I just got my Amazon order for this month (my guilty pleasure) and was thrilled with my books, both by Lyn Syler: "The Ultimate Basket Book" and "A Basketmaker's Odyssey". Thanks for recommending Lyn Syler's books to me on your blog. Getting to see a version of the book, in person, at one of your your basket classes, made me very confident with my purchase! Keep the book reviews coming!
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