This past Wednesday Vanessa taught several of us in the guild how to do raw-edge cloth covered clothesline baskets. They are a little fuzzy because the cut edges of the fabric are manipulated while wrapping the clothesline and start fraying. That can be cute. I prefer not, so I trimmed the longest threads to make it look a little tailored.
Vanessa showed us a variety of ways of finishing the basket. I tried the loopies -- kinda fun to do and not as hard as I feared initially. My bowl had a finished circumference of 24", so I spaced my loopies 4" apart. You can make them closer together, and it looks like the top of the bowl is pique.
I have alot of fabric left over, so I'm going to make some coasters, too. All the fabrics from the bowl and the coasters are scraps from my Tree of Life quilt, which I will show you when it's finished being quilted.
Just as follow up to my very flat tire, above is the odd looking piece of metal that DH removed from the tire. It looks like a staple but is actually a twist from the top of a barb wire fence that I must have picked up on the road somewhere. I was about three months away from buying new tires anyway, so now my car is almost all fixed up. It still needs the new muffler put on that's been sitting in the garage for months, though. I wonder if that will ever happen. I mean, in my lifetime....