I have been enjoying workshops with Lizzie Emery, and below is a picture of a coiled basket that I made in the basketry class; I have added my own style by firstly stitching the coils together with tapestry wool from the Op Shop, and more so, by adding my own "parcel beads". I made these one day when I was trying to find a way to make beads from fabric but without using glue. I was delighted to find a piece to use them on. They are made from cotton voile dyed with Procion dyes; they are tied together with gold cotton embroidery floss, which I tied up in a circle. I liked them so much because they were different to anything I had seen, and because they are totally surrounded with frayed edges - my favourite finishing technique! This sample of 5 beads sat on my design wall for some weeks before I decided this was an ideal place for them to end up. My design wall by the way is a white door on a cupboard, next to where I sew. Needs must.
Ok the photo is a bit blurry, didn't realise that. But you get the overall idea, and the parcel beads show up well in the detail photo below. I am using the basket to store some gum nuts and other seed pods, which I plan to use as embellishments later on. I always like to use things that I have made if they are practical pieces, though I have overcome the drive to always make stuff that is useful. I am happy now to make something for art's sake.