This is how it looks today from our back deck. The party's over :(
Here's how I work on the bowls. First I cut a bunch of 1-inch strips, then I wrap them around cheap clothesline from the hardware or dollar store, securing the ends with a touch of a glue stick. (I spend $1.50 a package for polyester or something else fake. It makes a stiffer bowl than the cotton cording in sewing stores.)
After you've wrapped a few feet of cord, coil a few rounds to make the center of the bowl and straight stitch across it horizontally and vertically to hold it together. Then zigzag the coils together, feeding the covered cord into the machine as in the photo above. When you're ready to start turning up the side, tilt the bowl and overlap the next few rows a little. Make sure you're coiling it in the direction shown for this to work.
You can play with fun handle shapes like this, or just taper the end and do a smooth finish.
Here comes a fall colored one, but I had to inject a few flashes of this green to keep it light.
They're starting to pile up, and my neck and shoulders are starting to ache. The red and green ones always sell well for Christmas.
Here's a post showing more bowls from October 2010: http://sherriequilt.blogspot.com/2010/10/bowls-of-color.html
... and from October 2011: http://sherriequilt.blogspot.com/2011/10/cookies-clouds-and-color-bowls.html
I had to give my aching muscles a break, so I started getting ready for tomorrow's book club. I only have to host once a year, which means panic cleaning. (I basically just clean when I'm having company.) Now my arm muscles are aching.
But the kitchen looks so nice now, with my chunky colorful dishes and mugs and the fall tablecloth. I guess it's worth the achy muscles. My husband is always banned from the kitchen at this point the night before I have a group over. That means we'll have to eat out -- darn!
I even slogged out into the rain to clip a few branches for a quick arrangement. I should do this more often!
Have a colorful fall day