Friday, September 27, 2013

Cat Head Basket

West Virginia basketmaker Gail Hutchinson instructed a class at the 2013 Weaving Odyssey in Gettysburg, PA sharing her expertise with twills and hand shaping. During her class I made a cat head basket that included a three rod wale with a step-up, a 1-2 twill, and hills and valleys of  increasing and decreasing color reed. The rim is finished with waxed linen.

Forming base of cat head

My second basket began with a small cat head base.  The sides were then woven straight up to make a tall thin basket.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Weaving in Gettysburg

I spent the weekend weaving in Gettysburg.  The Central Pennsylvania Basket Weaver's Guild hosted the 2013 Weaving Odyssey featuring workshops taught by gifted weavers and teachers from throughout the United States .  Classes were offered from Thursday evening through Sunday morning.

 The first workshop I took was taught by Marla Helton, a mixed media weaver from Indiana.  Beginning with palm inflorescence as spokes  I wove a tapestry of mixed fibers and textures.  The weaving was attached to a table top frame.  One weaving has a purple color scheme and the second weaving has a blue and yellow color scheme.