Inspired by a photo in the latest issue of “Stitch” I decided to make a table runner in autumn colors. I generally followed the directions in the magazine but made it a bit longer (about 44″ – the width of the fusible fleece). I sewed the strips to the non-fusible side of the fleece in the manner of string-piecing. Rather than using my good batik for the back I sewed a batik border to another fabric, fused it to the back & brought the border around to the front to form the binding.
The article showed a coordinating coil basket and I remembers that I had purchased some coil pot cording from Helen Deighan at the Chicago IQA a few years ago. Its smaller and more rigid than the clothesline that some coil bowls/baskets are made from. I didn’t have directions but I somehow remembered Helen’s description and gave it try. What fun!
Today I received a call from the arts council asking me if I was going to participate in the holiday market. Since I have nothing to sell I declined but told them I would probably participate next year. And I plan on participating in the Leland Fiber Fest next year as well. As some of my other commitments wind down I want to schedule some time for fun sewing and building up an inventory of runners, bowls, covered journals, small evening bags, etc. The added bonus is that I can use that portion of my stash that just doesn’t fit my current work but is lovely and fun to handle.