Thursday, October 30, 2014
I spent a relaxing weekend at the 8th Annual "Weaving Your Cares Behind" retreat in beautiful Bedford, Pennsylvania. I took two classes from Pati English, a juried artisan, basket maker and instructor from South Carolina. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her, don't pass up the opportunity. You will learn a lot from Pati. (www.BasketsMySpecialty.com)
The basket started with a cats head open weave base. The sides have a band of triple twining in blue reed plus a blue and cream over two under one trail. The rim of the basket used a cable stitch over a seagrass filler.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
This pine needle basket is coiled around a shell.
I drilled a row of holes around the shell using a drill press. Using waxed linen thread I attached coils of pine needles to the shell to form the bottom of the basket.
Since the shell was an irregular shape I coiled a free, unattached row of pine needles to create a more round shape for the basket. Once the base was more rounded I brought up the sides. On the final row I left a portion of the coil unattached again to offset the open space on the bottom of the base.
Lastly I wrapped a band of the waxed linen in a pattern on both of the free coils.
6 inch diameter x 2 inches high
Thursday, October 2, 2014
I ended my Odyssey 2014 weekend of basket making by taking a class lead by Sharon Klusmann, a basketmaker from Ohio. I made a 8 1/2" W x 16" L x 12" H market basket using black, maroon and cream read.
The handle was woven into the base.
The sides were pulled up and a simple pattern of wide black reed, thin maroon and cream reed was woven.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Anne Bowers is a skilled basketmaker from West Virginia. Ribbed basketry is her specialty and she shared her expertise at the Central PA Basket Weavers Guild Odyssey 2014 by teaching a Saturday class on a Ribbed Hearth Basket.
I began my hearth basket by weaving a decorative chevron cane pattern on the wooden hearth frame handle.
Then I wove a tear-dropped shaped God's eye on each side of the basket using 1/4 inch flat reed.
The primary ribs were whittled and inserted behind the God's eye. Weaving an over-under-over pattern with cane held the ribs in place as I spread them evenly between the rim and handle base..
The secondary ribs were then added to complete the rib frame. After about 9 rows of weaving with cane, I switched back to 1/4 inch flat reed to finish weaving the basket.