Basket Weaving 101

Fall of 2020, I took a much needed break from work and spent ten days in South Carolina. While on Hilton Head Island, I visited the Coastal Discovery Museum to learn more about the South Carolina Lowcountry. The museum was very interesting. However, even more interesting was watching some local craftsmen making baskets with sweetgrass. Their craftsmanship was amazing. Now that I am retired, I made plans several months ago to escape the snow and cold of January in Minnesota. So, I am currently back on Hilton Head Island. When making plans for my travels, I looked into taking a … Continue reading Basket Weaving 101

Tangram Quilts

A tangram is a Chinese puzzle that consists of seven polygons, which are put together to form shapes. Found in puzzle books, the objective is to replicate a pattern, given only an outline, using the seven pieces without overlap. There are countless possibilities of combinations. Tangrams are believed to have originated from China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and were not introduced to the Western world until the 19th century when they were brought to Europe by trading ships. They are used when teaching spatial visualization/spatial reasoning. And, they are a great way to exercise your brain. Earlier this year, … Continue reading Tangram Quilts

Fused Glass Set

I am a bit behind in posting about some of my craft projects. So, over the next couple weeks I hope to get caught up. Today, I am sharing a project I made for a colleague of mine. Last spring/early summer I had a couple synovial cysts in my spine that were impinging on the neural ganglion causing extreme pain and the loss of sensation in my right foot. Luckily I was able to have surgery mid-June to remove the cysts (and the bone spurs that caused them) and I no longer have back pain (yeah!). However, prior to surgery, … Continue reading Fused Glass Set