Lovely needle-weave waxed linen ornament pattern--make these for your holiday tree for...
Lovely needle-weave waxed linen ornament pattern--make these for your holiday tree, for hanging in a window or trimming a present. Step-by-step photo instructions call for 2" square, 2" diamond (measuring 3" in diameter) or 2.25" diameter round wire shapes. (Each ornament uses 8 yards of 4-ply waxed linen.) Pattern by Beth Hester, The Basket Maker's Catalog. Pattern is free for you to print from our website--copy the patterns and share with your friends.
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I became interested in needle weaving in 1979 when I met Vadie Conner Williams, an Allen County Kentucky Library patron on my bookmobile route. Vadie was in her 80s and she stitched the most beautiful inset panels of “lace” on pillowcases and sheets. Her linen tablecloths and napkins held woven corners she called “wheels” or “spider webs”. One day I was invited into her bedroom where she revealed, perfectly ironed and folded in her dresser drawer, dozens of pieces of “drawnwork” on the edge of mantle cloths and teatowels— many she’d made on feedsacks. As our friendship grew she took me under her wing and taught me the stitches she’d learned as a girl from her mother. Years later I saw similar designs, woven on wire foundations, with pine needle baskets, gourds and pendants—it is a small world! - Beth Hester
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