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


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring is on the way!! (I hope)

Holidays are well over with and I think I have found the last of the decorations to put away.  Looked up in the livingroom the other day and realized the huge Christmas wreath was still hainging!!  I've been staying busy making up kits and new baskets for 2011.  My teaching schedule will start in March with a trip to North Carolina Basketweaving Conference in Raleigh N.C.  Will be teaching the Autumn Bowl and the Berry Flower baskets. 

Autumn Bowl

Berry Flower

One of my winter projects was to make a Nantucket Tapestry Purse.  I saw fellow weaver Dianne Gleixner carring one and I knew I had the creel purse mold.  Bought some nice yarns from Dianne and started it months ago!  I finally finished it a couple weeks ago.  Sent it off to wood worker Fred Kohler and he made the lid for me.  It turned out so nice.  I really love it!  Am very pleased with it!

Enough on the basket front, now to the jewelry!  Unfortunately, not a lot to report in that the price of silver has gone off the charts!  When I started with the chainmaille bracelets, silver was 10 to 12.00 an ounce.  Today it is 34.53 an ounce.  :( 
I have been playing with some enameled copper rings.  They are copper, with an enameled coating that comes in many colors.  I will be offering the enameled copper bracelets on the basket weaving cruise scheduled for Feb of 2012.  Who knows what the price of silver will be by then.  The enameled copper is a cheaper way to learn, then you can move on to silver! 

My teaching schedule for 2011:
NCBA-Raleigh, NC   3/17-20th, 2011
LLBWA- Rockton, Illinois   3/25-26th, 2011
Bluegrass Area Basketmakers Seminar- Jabez, Ky  6/7-11th, 2011
TBA- Newport, TN 7/20-23rd, 2011
Northwest Hoosier Basket Guild-Valporaiso, Ind  Sept. 29-Oct. 1st. 2011
AMB-Lansing, MI-Oct. 12-16th, 2011

Basketweaving Cruise!!  Feb 11-19th 2012
Check it out!  Sounds like lots of fun
Just a note:  If you are planning to attend any of the conferences and would like to order kits from the website, let me know and I can bring the orders along so you can save on shipping costs!
Visit www.charsweavings.com to see all my basket kits and jewelry creations!