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.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Getting ready for the Holidays!

Spent the last week getting ready for the Holidays!  Making a few gifts, cleaning, and making cookie dough.  Will bake next week!  This sure worked good for me this year.  Just made the dough, labeled it and put it in the fridge.  Will bake later! 

Dick, Joey and his girlfriend Deanna trudged out to cut our tree.  Snow was a couple feet deep but they found a great one!  It's about 9 1/2" tall!  Not sure how they even got it home.

        Deanna's behind Joe trying to
            walk in his footsteps!

 My Mother-In-Law has to many Grandchildren to fit on a necklace so I came up with this bracelet.  It's a 2/2 chain with small silver discs.  I stamped the initials of all the grandchildren on each disc.  Then added a small birthstone charm next to the disc.  And of course had to add the angel disc!

Basket teaching schedule for 2011
North Carolina Basketweaving Convention  3/17-20, 2011
Bluegrass Area BasketMakers Seminar  6/7-11, 2011
Tennessee Basketrty Association  7/20-23, 2011

BasketWeaving Cruise!!  Feb 11-19, 2012

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Madness!

I had a holiday craft show at my house last weekend and am trying to recuperate form it!  Had to haul my livingroom furniture out and move tables in!  I think it went well.  Had a lot of shoppers.  Thanks to all who came by.  It was great seeing folks I have not seen in awhile! 

A new item I made for the show was a challenge.  It's the Snowman Necklace and Earrings!  The sterling silver discs are stamped and the little copper nose is soldered onto the silver.  It was a challenge for me because I didn't do much soldering before this.  I think they turned out great!  Was very pleased.  What do you all think??  Now I'm ready to take on more soldering!  Want to bezel some stones.  January is my play time so I hpope to get the stones I have made into necklaces. 

On the basket weaving front, things have been equally busy!  Sending out proposals for next year's conferences.  So far, I will be at NCBA,and Jabez Kentucky. 
 At NCBA, March 17th-20th 2011 classes will be:
The Holiday Gift Basket

Several different tie-ons are available for this basket.  2 hour class on Thursday.

The Autumn Bowl

You'll learn chase weaving as
well as 3 rod arrow using 3 colors of
 round reed. Will be a fun class!

Berry Flower Techniques include twill weave following a graph and using different colors of round reed.  Several different tie-ons will be available for the front of the basket.
Hope to see many of you weavers there!