Chicken bomber…

Karen Lawrence Basketry

And so it begins… I know we don’t want to think about Christmas too early but craft folk have no choice because lovely things take time to make. This lot is heading to @histonholly where Jane creates beautiful wreath making kits.

Swipe to see our resident photo bomber 😊 #willow #willowwreaths #willowwreathkit #homemade #doorwreath #personaldecorations #madeinsuffolk #thebasketmakersassociation #chickenphotobomber

Karen Lawrence Basketry

Winter Ready…

A finished log basket in Dicky Meadows and Black Maul. I love doing square work. 😊

Karen Lawrence Basketry

willow #willowbasket #willowcommission #willowlogbasket #logstorage #storagesolutions #winter-ready #madeinsuffolk #basketmakersassociation #worshipfulcompanyofbasketmakers

The Waveney arts and crafts centre…

Karen Lawrence Basketry

I taught Karen and Suzi at a brand new studio on Saturday. Opened by Helen Nottage this month, the Waveney Arts and crafts centre is an oasis of tranquility. The workshop space is a converted cart lodge on Helen’s farm.

We had such a lovely day making hanging baskets and long frame baskets. The weather was beautiful and Helen made a stunning lunch which I forgot to take a photo of 😂.

Check out her website and Facebook page. Upcoming workshops include still life painting, clay sculpture, stained glass and upholstery.

Karen Lawrence Basketry
Karen Lawrence Basketry

Waveney Arts and Crafts centre, Nene Valley Farm, Seething, Norfolk, NR15 1EN

Helen Nottage, 01508 483900

Helennottage483@btinternet.com

Plant support…

Back @star_wing_brewery yesterday for a one to one with Alison. A keen gardener, her great plant support attracted lots of attention from folk on their way to buy bread and cake from Mick the baker. 😊 #willow #willowplantsupport #willowweaving #willowtuition #sunnydays #weavingoutside #learnsomethingnew

Karen Lawrence Basketry

Frame baskets…

Karen Lawrence basketry, frame baskets course.

Tony and Sue made frame baskets today, a retirement gift from work colleagues. I was told they were ‘good at stuff like this’ but had never made a basket before.

They didn’t put a weaver wrong all day. Amazing. 😊 #willow #willowbasket #basketcourse #framebasket #rushandwillow #basketryinthesunshine @star_wing_brewery #funwithfriendsandfamily #learnsomethingnew

Garden basket workshop…

Karen Lawrence Basketry workshop

Back in lovely Cley yesterday @nwtcleycentre with this amazing bunch. They worked really hard on these garden baskets. I was super impressed how focused they stayed all day. All of the square bases were impressively ‘square’ and they mastered the end borders and ties beautifully. Well done everyone 😊

willow #willowworkshop #workshop #willowgardenbasket #gardenbasket #learnsomethingnee #funwithfriendsandfamily #makesomethingbeautifulanduseful

Willow bark pouch…

I made this little willow bark pouch with my basketry group, The Basketry Collective on Tuesday. I love the border and will definitely use it again. The twinning was done using waxed linen thread.

Karen Lawrence Basketry

The instructions were kindly shared by Joan Carriagon via the @basketmakersassociation. You can see examples in different materials @sally_roach_basketry

#willowbark #willowpouch bark pouch #funwithfriends #meetandmake #thebasketrycollective

Sisters…

Karen Lawrence Basketry

Sister to yesterday’s basket/bowl collaboration with @themudslinger_pottery
This one is made with willow bark. It’s an amazing material. Taking time to harvest the bark, cut it into strips, twist into cordage and then coil it invests you in the final piece on so many levels!
I love the texture and smell of this lid probably a little too much 😂

willowbark #bark #barklid #willowbarklid #ceramicandwillowbowl #collaboration #coiling #barkcoiling #willowbarkcoiling #thebasketryassociation #theworshipfulcompanyofbasketmakers #thebasketrycollective

Collaboration…

Karen Lawrence Basketry

Another piece from the exhibition. This was a collaboration with @themudslinger_pottery
I made a lot of rush cordage and coiled the lid to fit onto Julia’s lovely bowl with waxed linen thread.

Finished with a willow toggle and leather pull at the front. Love the texture the cordage brings to the lid.
#collaboration #mixingmedia #ceramicsandrush #coiling #cordage #rushcordage #rushcoiling #willowtoggles #leather #finishingtouches #madeinsuffolk #thebasketmakersassociation #theworshipfulcompanyofbasketmakers #yeomanbasketmaker

Tea for two…

Karen Lawrence Basketry

I thought I’d share this trio of hampers I made for the Exhibition last week. I wanted to offer some traditional pieces along side, more sculptural non functional work.

Made from white willow, they are sturdy and large enough for a picnic for two 😊

@karen_lawrence_basketry #whitewillowhamper #willowhamper #domedliddedhamper #liddedhamper #picnichamper #hamperfortwo #teafortwo #traditionalbasket #madeinsuffolk #basketmakersassociation #worshipfulcompanyofbasketmakers #yeomanbasketmaker