2013 Deep Blue Sea

In 2013, we moved to a new location for the braid in:  St. Francis Center for Renewal in Bethlehem, PA.  The challenge this year was “Deep Blue Sea.”

This piece is by Heidi Boldt Diefenderfer, who is an accomplished doll-maker as well as braider.  She made the mermaid on a braided and felted background, embellished with jewels… from a shipwreck?  
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Jill Temple made a beautiful and colorful fish.  Made of two bowl-shaped halves that are united into a fish-body, the fish sports sparkly scales pulled through the loops and applique eyes and lips.  I wish I had a photo of the cute tail, also!
Jill made a spiral whirlpool to accompany her fish, above.  What a vibrant rug!
Christine Manges’ Koi Fish has a multistrand dorsal fin, and scales made with chevron braids.  

This charming oyster with a pearl was made by Lucinda Harrison-Cox.  Look at how she mimics the rough oyster shell with the different textures of fabric in the braids.  (It opens up, too).


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Pam Rowan made this enormous rug of Ocean Waves.  Wow!  The squares are perfect, and the border is perfect… a large and beautiful rug.
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What is an ocean, without a sea tortoise by Nancy Young?
Jenn Kiarsis chose to focus on the top of the Sea for her challenge rug.  Here is a seagull flying over the waves in this strip rug.
Delsie Hoyt made a scalloped clam shell with a satin pearl in the center of her rug.