I never enter competitions. The last time I entered one was when I was in sixth grade -- that is, until recently. I decided to enter some of my pine needle baskets and hand knitting in the county fair. We never even go to the fair! I thought, though, that it would be interesting to see what would happen.
I asked a friend of mine, the person who taught me how to make reed baskets, if she would join me. She agreed. Hurray!
Judging took place on 13 July 2000. Each of the pine needle baskets got first place, three of my four hand knits got first place, and one got second place. Judging took all day, and I couldn't stay to see if any merit awards--the highest award--would be given. I returned on July 14 and found that my big "masterpiece" basket had gotten a merit, as did my latest Norwegian sweater. This was totally thrilling, as only one merit can be given per category, and only if the judge considers one of the items worthy enough.
My friend, who is a reed basket weaver, got one first place, two second places, and one third place--all of her entries placed.
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"COILED ART WITH PINE NEEDLES-REVISED EDITION" This book is for beginners as well as experienced coilers who want to learn more. It includes all the original Coiled Art text, including Basics for Beginners, the stitch glossary, lids, inserts, handles, loops, beading, shaping, everything. Booklet: $10.50 includes shipping. How to order.
"COILED ART WITH PINE NEEDLES AND RAFFIA" Covers everything from beginner to most advanced techniques. Very thorough and complete. Compilation of my original publications plus more. Many illustrations. Booklet: SOLD OUT - no longer available. Purchase "Revised" instead..
"BIRCH BARK QUILL BOX PRIMER" All the basics thoroughly explained, with illustrations and templates. Booklet: $6.50 includes shipping. How to order.
GORGEOUS BASKET JEWELRY: Gemstones in gold filled settings for your coiled baskets. Prices vary. How to order.
Iris Teneriffe Pattern: Explanation and diagrams for weaving the iris. How to order.
Illustrated coiling pattern: $4.00 includes shipping. How to order.
Lake Superior Agate Inserts - click for pricing. Agate photos and information.
Various Gemstone and Mineral Inserts - click for pricing. Gemstone and mineral photos and information.
Reed and Coiled Basket Patterns: Various patterns for reed and coiled baskets. How to order.
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