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Thread: fabric baskets (bali bowl / basket?) ~ be nice, its my first try!

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    Ok, so I have seen some really beautiful ones. They've been working on my brain for awhile... I've done other types of fabric baskets, woven, crocheted with strip scraps, etc. Fabric covered boxes. I love trinkets like that, they are always great gifts.

    So I googled the coil-wrapped ones and came across Eddie's tutorial... thanks, Eddie, you further corrupted my brain! So out come some old ugly strips that I was contemplating thowing away.

    Start wrapping. BTW, not friendly with arthritis, but I was already started, couldn't stop now.

    The first beginnings looks really, really bad... I mean soooo bad that I refuse to show a picture of it. It became a coaster so I can growl at it for eternity, but save my computer desk from condensation on my Coke or Rootbeer can. LOL

    Try again... I will not let this get the best of me, as I've said, I've seen some really beautiful purses, bowls, baskets, even ones with lids! I know this can be done!

    So I wind. and wind. and sew. and wind some more... some 4 hours later, and a little short on the patience department, I am finished. I still think its ick. After all, its my first one, this will take a little playing.

    So the kids have our dragons out for play time / snuggle time. My 13 year old DD brings Coco, one of our younger dragons over, and puts her on the table. PLOP! Jumps right into the basket. She thinks its hers!

    I think I've just made the first reptile moses basket.

    Cozy little spot for a nap?
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    The little goober sat in that darn basket for an hour. I tried to get her out, and she would jump right back in.
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    That's hilarious!!!

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    Looks wonderful! Nice job!

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    The basket is gorgeous and Coco is adorable!

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    I love the basket!!! Too cute! :)

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    I love your handles. What pattern did you use? I have a book on making baskets, but haven't really looked at it yet. It's on the bucket list. Very nice job.

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    Very funny! Coco recognizes wonderful work when she/he sees it! I think your basket is great! I have had Eddie's tute bookmarked forever and never have tried one.

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    The basket turned out beautifully! And the dragon is gorgeous! I love bearded's...they are such awesome little creatures! :]~

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    What a fun day for you. I do like your basket and think you have made a wonderful start. I often thought this would be a good use for those selveges that folks give me that are only 1/4' wide and too small to sew with. Love your little dragon and he/she must admire your work too. This was a great story. Thanks for sharing it and the pictures!!!

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    great basket minus the dragon... I dont do lizards of any kind.. EEEEEEKKKKKK!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clynns
    I love your handles. What pattern did you use? I have a book on making baskets, but haven't really looked at it yet. It's on the bucket list. Very nice job.
    no pattern, search out Eddie's tute on the baskets... I just moved the coil outta the way, then kept sewing on the basket core, then rejoined. ~ I did sew a few backstitches to secure at that junction... then went a few more rounds to make the handle a little thicker than 1-coil wide. Hope that makes sense?

    Yeah, miss Coco loves that darned thing. Hubby has already said I need to make 3 more (we have 4 beardies)

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    those pics are hysterical. your basket looks great!

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    That second pic, I swear that lizard is smiling!

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    Coco is beautiful and she seems to know a perfect basket also.

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    It just goes to show that no matter how bad we think our work is, someone or something will love it.
    I happen to think it's great. I love Coco! Last time we were in pet smart they had an aquarium full of baby bearded dragons. I wanted to bring them all home, they were so cute and playful.

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    I just love your dragon!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    That second pic, I swear that lizard is smiling!
    :lol: she is! :thumbup: dragons are like dogs and cats ~ they DO show their emotions, with their facial expressions (like a smile) or with a color-change. She has on her happy colors in this pic, too :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    great basket minus the dragon... I dont do lizards of any kind.. EEEEEEKKKKKK!!!
    We call them our "spikey puppies" ~ they actually love to cuddle and nuzzle into our neck and fall asleep (can you tell my dragons are just a little spoiled? they have their own fleece blankies and quilts for their vivariums too)

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    Great bowls! And cute little friend!

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    What a fun basket..

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    Cute! I have bought the cording to make one for a Christmas gift. Your have a better filling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    It just goes to show that no matter how bad we think our work is, someone or something will love it.
    I happen to think it's great. I love Coco! Last time we were in pet smart they had an aquarium full of baby bearded dragons. I wanted to bring them all home, they were so cute and playful.
    CJ, they are sooooo adorable as little babies ~ Coco just turned 1 year old on Father's Day ~ so she's just a juvenile... but she's already over 19 inches. They do each have their own unique little personalities :)

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    I'm not really fond of those critters, but that is cute!

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    Love your colors.

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    It is now her home. It looks wonderful. Love the handles

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