Welcome to Char Ciammaichella's Blog!

This is the place to stay connected to all those people with an interest is weaving. Whether it be baskets or wire weaving.

I also hope to use the blog to stay connected to all those great students I meet while teaching classes.

Please feel welcome to leave messages and good thoughts here!

Check out my website for great basket weaving kits, patterns, chain maille jewelry, and basket charms.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Newest Creation

                                        Newest basket!                                              Needed a wine basket for a gift and came up with this one.  The finished product will have a nice sign on the front with a cute saying.  Will post these when my sister, Rhonda makes them!   Will make a great Christmas gift!    Not on my website for sale as a kit yet but soon!    The basket has a wood base with the  handle attached.   

A couple photos of students weaving their Spiral Rope Bracelets at the Northwest Hoosier Basket Retreat. 

                                     The actual bracelet!

Spent all day yesterday dyeing reed and making kits for my next teaching adventure.  I will be teaching at The Association of Michigan Basketmakers in Grand Rapids Michigan on Oct. 19-23rd.  Will be teaching the Fall Pot Belly and the Lots of Arrows.

Lots of Arrows

Fall Pot Belly

The Lots of Arrows basket came about when teaching a couple years ago.  The basket had one row of the 3 rod arrow in the beginning of the basket and again at the top.  By the time everyone got to the top area, they forgot what they did.  I decided to come up with a basket that would really reinforce the 3 rod arrow pattern.  This basket has 7 rows of the 3 rod arrow, using 3 different colors of round reed.  This makes it easier to catch a mistake right away.  By the time you finish the basket, the 3 rod arrow will come natural!  

The Fall Pot Belly is a great basket.  This basket can be easily changed for the different seasons.  Use green spokes and red weavers.  Shape the basket more rounded and you have an Holiday ornament!   

Monday, October 4, 2010

Brand New Blogger!

This is my first blog entry so please be patient!  I have created this blog to help stay in touch with everyone!  The last few years, I have been teaching basket weaving at many conferences and have met some great people.  I am hoping this Blog will take the place of my monthly newsletter. (almost monthly!) 

I am very new at this, so all your veteran bloggers, please send any advice you think I may need. 

I spent last weekend at the Northwest Hoosier Basket Giuld Retreat, in Valparaiso Indiana. 
What a great guild!  These women put on a great retreat.  I actually taught 2 chainmaille bracelets instead of the baskets this time.   Classes went well and everyone finished or came very close to finishing their bracelets.  Some even made earrings to match! 

As we left the conference and headed east towards home we saw the most beautiful rainbow.  As you know pictures do not do it justice.  It was actually a double rainbow.  Just can't see it well here.