First lesson back…

Couldnโ€™t have hoped for a better first lesson back @star_wing_brewery
Beautiful weather and lovely people. Thanks guys for making it such an enjoyable day. ๐Ÿ˜Š @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #willowlesson #willowplantsupport #willowhangingbasket #learnsomethingnew #funwithfriends #funinthesun #weavingwillow #willowweaving #willowweavinginsuffolk

Fit for dinner…

Karen Lawrence – garden basket.

Iโ€™ve just sent this small garden basket off to the Worshipful company of Basketmakers.

They asked all the Yeomen members to make something small to go on the tables at their first โ€˜liveโ€™ lunch later this year.

Unfortunately I wonโ€™t be able to attend but I can imagine the fun and excitement of meeting together again rather than on zoom. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Family Moses basket…

This beloved Moses basket was in need of a new border and handles. It has been with the same family for 35 years and the next baby, due soon, will be the 20th baby to sleep in it.

The trouble with a new border is that itโ€™s not as strong as the original and can slip off if picking up heavy things. The grandmother-to-be saw a photo of plaited handles on a cradle and there was our solution!

I made a seven strand rush plait that goes all the way underneath the basket making it safe to pick up even if baby is inside. Hope that it will be used for lots more babies to come ๐Ÿ˜Š

Laundry…

A remake of a beloved laundry basket in buff willow. The only difference is that I put an English foot on. This is replaceable when it wears out.

Iโ€™ve also repaired the original one with a new border and handles but recommended it be retired to a quiet corner. After 30 years of hauling laundry itโ€™s earnt a rest. ๐Ÿ˜Š @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #willowlaundrybasket #willowbasket #laundrybasket #buffwillowbasket #hardworkingbasket #functionalbasket #lovedforyears #thebasketmakersassociation

New Laundry basket with English foot
Old laundry basket with new border and handles.
Old laundry basket

Willow chair…

This little willow chair looked as though it had a bite out of one side. I felt as though it would be counterproductive to try to โ€˜patchโ€™ it in any way. Where the damage was meant the chair wouldnโ€™t be very strong afterwards.

So I took the back off and redid it as a continuous piece. Now it should be nice and strong. Ready to serve the next generation of little people. ๐Ÿ˜Š

More bags…

My evening obsession with making market bags continues. This one is crocheted with some wool I had lying around. A test piece really to see how I liked the shape etc. I would now like to make it in string or cotton. ๐Ÿ˜Š @karen_lawrence_basketry #marketbag #crochet #testingtesting #takeabag #zeroplastic #thebasketmakersassociation