Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Creative Customers: Dianne's Braided Bowls

We always love to see what people make -- especially if they've used mill scraps from our two Pacific Northwest woolen mills.



Creative customer Dianne sent in these pictures of braided bowls. Aren't they lovely? The yellow bowl above is braided with our wooly worms.


Can you guess which blanket scraps were used for the second bowl? "Guess The Blanket" is a popular game around the Woolen Mill Store.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

These woolen bowls by Dianne are lovely. Depending on the fabric chosen and the gauge of the strands, bowls made of braided fabric could fit into any decor, couldn't they? I CAN SEE APPLYING THE TECHNIQUE TO CRAFTING RUGS. I would be interested in a one-session course to learn basic elements of wool braiding. Is there anyone else out there who would be interested?
Bev from Happy Valley, OR

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'd be interested in a course too. The baskets are really pretty. Are there any courses in this?

Anonymous said...

You can absolutely apply this technique to rugs...

In fact, the technique itself is called 'rug braiding' and Dianne wrote the book on it!

http://www.powells.com/biblio/9780764337895

Full disclosure, Dianne is my mother and the rainbow bowl is a gift she made for me.

Do a google image search for 'Dianne rug braiding'and you can find a few examples of her rugs.

Anonymous said...

Would a class on the basics of rug braiding give me the tools to make tablemats and chairmats? I have a big wooden table set that I want to decorate and this looks perfect!!

Woolen Mill Store said...

Thank you, Dianne's daughter, for chiming in with the link to her book! The info is much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

What a great way to use the fabrics - so pretty and functional - great gift idea - maybe for Christmas, perhaps to fill with some culinary or bath goodies! Also, could see them as an Easter egg centerpiece in the spring. I like the suggestion from Anonymous to offer a course on this - maybe in time for making them as Christmas gifts.

Paula Grieb said...

I think cats and rabbits would like to nap and play in these bowls.
Paula from Wenatchee, WA

Anonymous said...

Hi Paula, this is Dianne. Actually I have made a basket for my 8# fox terrier out of Pendleton alpaca strips. I have a cute picture but can't seem to paste it here....

Elizabeth said...

Has the class happened yet? I am interested as well.
Elizabeth