Monday, 26 January 2009

Basket making

I had a wonderful Christmas present from my daughter - she paid for me to go on a two day basket weaving course. It was really enjoyable, and in the two days I learned how to make some willow baskets. Everyone on the course started from the same basis, with two hoops, and each of us ended with a very individual result.


This is called a God's eye. It holds the hoops together.













I managed to cut myself quite early on (with a Stanley knife) but I still remembered to take photos at each stage...













The final result was a neat little basket which would be perfect for collecting eggs in (if only I had a couple of chickens in my garden!).

Here are my three finished masterpieces (not too bad for a first try, if a bit rusic).

I really enjoyed the weekend - all the materials we needed were provided, and we had help at every stage. It would be fun to do more but there's a lot of advance preparation (the hoops were dried for weeks beforehand, and the other weaving materials had to be soaked to ensure they were flexible). I might have to scavenge in the hedgerows for materials to practice with.




6 comments:

Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

I found your blog searching for basket weaving. What a beautiful ribbed basket you wove. I don't weave in willow, I weave in reed.
Enjoyed your blog,
Nancy
www.basketmasterweavings.blogspot.com

Joanna said...

My mum loves making baskets, sometimes she lets me have one if I'm lucky, look forward to seeing loads more of yours on your blog

Joanna said...

My mum loves making baskets, sometimes she lets me have one if I'm lucky, look forward to seeing loads more of yours on your blog

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful job you did on that basket. Was the course local to you in Essex? I wouldn't mind doing something like that myself.

Helena said...

Oh wow!!!! That's so clever!! WOW!!!!

Helena said...

btw I'm in Essex too!
And I'm fed up with all this wet weather!!!