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    I've spent a weekend last month on a course making plaited baskets from recycled materials. I made 2 from newspaper to try the techniques, then started one from the clothes line off the broken whirly gig and some rope from the beach - hmm, not sure I'll do that one again! On the Saturday night I made a couple from catalogues. On the Sunday I finished the clothes line one - eventually (I've put beach pebbles in it in the garden) and made a small bag from some matting found on the beach and started a waste paper basket from waste card which I have since finished, decorating it with packaging strips from my husband's workplace. The only new materials I used were staples to hold things in place. I have shown pupils at the school I work in how to make the newspaper ones and made several since the course, the most recent being a bright, strong basket made from fruit juice cartons.
    Last edited by jaydee67; 23-07-2008, 11:24 PM. Reason: to inform others of addition of photos
    Julia

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    Sounds like you've been having fun. I'd love to see some photos.

    Do you live near the beach? My idea of heaven is walking along the beach beachcombing.

    I've made baskets before from rope covered in fabric strips. They were really fun to create. I think I'll have to have another go soon.
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    • #3
      They sound fab, especially the clothes line one!
      Natalie
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      • #4
        The furthest you can get from the sea in Shetland is 3 miles, not all beaches though - although there are some lovely ones.

        I have photos on my photobucket account but it seems I'll have to post a bit more before I can link to them.
        Julia

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        • #5
          What's your best beachcomb find?
          full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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          • #6
            My favourite finds on the beach are naturally there - cowrie shells (take a bit of looking) and small smooth pebbles I can add to my pebble fountain.

            The washed up beach find I liked the best so far is what I think was a shower mat that I turned into a small bag on the recycled materials basket course.
            Julia

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            • #7
              Don't know why, but I always imagine the coast of Scotland to be a great hunting ground for wash ups. I found a rubber duck once from a millenium duck race in Ireland. he still sits on my bath! (after he was well bathed)
              I've a great collection of drift wood and shells from uk beaches.
              I love fossil hunting too and am very drawn to the beaches around whitby.
              full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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              • #8
                I love driftwood too - have bits of it in my garden - my favourite bits are still on the beach though as they're too big to carry!

                We were in Whitby on holiday one time and y son loved the fossil hunting. Going to go tot he beach with the dogs and my youngest today - if I can get him out of bed!
                Julia

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                • #9
                  The baskets sound great fun, I'd love to have a go. Anyone have any instructions?.....I love driftwood too. I still have a bag full that my husband and I collected on our honeymoon 15 years ago, haven't found the right project for it yet though....
                  Jo x
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                  • #10
                    The ones I've made are incredibly simple.

                    Take some rope or thick string.
                    tear fabric into 1" wide strips and thenwrap the strip around the rope for about 15cm. coil the covered rope and take the fabric strip through one of the centre coils. then continue to wrap twice around the rope and once between the coils to secure. form sides as your pot reaches the required dimensions. They are so simple and can be made to suit your decor.

                    I'm gonna have to go and make another one!
                    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the info.... I'll have a go and see how I get on. I'd love to see some pics of the ones you've made.
                      Jo x
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                      • #12
                        Not tried coiling baskets yet - but I did make a cone shaped one to hang on the wall out of newspaper last night!
                        Julia

                        http://www1.freewebs.com/jaydee67/index.htm

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                        • #13
                          Ooo this sounds good, I'm going to have a go too. Would love to see your pics.

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                          • #14
                            Just a few more posts and you'll be able to see mine!
                            Julia

                            http://www1.freewebs.com/jaydee67/index.htm

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                            • #15
                              Hi there. I have never tried any of that stuff - it sounds fascinating, I cant wait until you get piccies on. What a lovely part of the Country you live, you are so lucky.
                              Carol
                              God helps them that help themselves.

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