I needed to construct a little gate and fence panel across my patio. A friend gave me some hazel, a generous couple I taught gave me a ton of willow, a friend gave me a log to create a ‘foot’ for the fence panel, another friend didn’t mind me stopping and asking advice whilst he was chilling at the Cross Keys after work. In fact he offered to cut the hole for me despite being busy himself . A neighbour lent me the chisels I needed and I had a lovely time on Friday working on this. For me this is the essence of why I love my community, it’s full of wonderful people.
Last night I finished the frame basket I started in Monday’s class. I really don’t like leaving things unfinished. Baskets can’t fulfil their purpose in life if there is a great hole in the bottom. 😊
Really lovely day at the Butterfly Arts and Crafts studio in Essex. My lovely, fun group all made excellent frame baskets.
Two wreath hoops were secured together at right angles with a simple cross before continuing with a single rod randing weave. After a couple of rods the first set of ribs were inserted. More randing and more ribs followed.
After that it’s weaving all the way. Some packing was required to even up the work so you finish with nice parallel lines in the middle of the basket. There’s quite a bit to think about whilst weaving with respect to keeping the ribs evenly spaced and checking that the basket sits nicely without rocking.
So as you can see these first time weavers (except Susanne!) all did exceptionally well.
The little knitted bee was out on an adventure with Louise in memory of her daughter Bea. X
I made this frame basket this week, a little project for half term. I love my children but weaving helps my sanity!
I’m teaching two classes on how to make frame baskets in a few weeks. See the courses page for details. If neither of those dates or locations suit you do get in touch, I might be able to run another class.
So another rush handbag today. I am still refining the design to make it quick and easy to teach in a day. I really enjoyed making this for two main reasons. Number one I didn’t have a single snapper, number two I just love making those rope handles. 😊
Today i made these small foraging baskets. They are now gracing the table full of flowers from my garden but hopefully in a few weeks they’ll be full of elderflowers.
Another rush bag sample. For the handle I used the 5 strand plait I made last week. This was woven into the basket. It is really sturdy and secure but could have done with flattening a bit under a roller before use as it felt quite chunky to weave around compared to the stakes either side.
I have been promising my youngest son that I will make a bag for his inhalers for about a year. The paper prescription bag they came in has worn so thin there are holes developing so I decided it was time to fulfil my promise.
This little bag is plaited from rush. It is started with a check weave and then folded in half diagonally. The sides are plaited one row at a time. It really helps to make sure the check weave is as square as possible to begin with . When the sides reached the required height I did a level folded border and plaited a 3 strand handle secured with string bindings. Fingers crossed he likes it!
Well done everyone from the Norfolk Small Holders training group. They all made lovely willow bird feeders despite the willow being a bit snappy! At least when things go wrong it’s an opportunity to learn how to fix your work.