Basket weaving in Ireland…

I have just returned from a week in Ireland weaving under the expert guidance of basket maker Joe Hogan. Joe makes beautiful robust pieces from traditional skibs and log baskets to organic pods created around bog wood he has found and seasoned from the peat bogs near where he lives. 
It is my fourth trip to Finny where Joe runs these workshops over four days. I always learn a great deal and try to work very hard to make the most of Joe’s knowledge and experience as well as his beautiful willow. 

The photos above give an idea of the beautiful countryside and coast and the top one shows what The baskets I made during my stay. A couple of sciathogs (pronounced ski-ogue) which are frame baskets, a skib, a square log basket, an oval laundry basket and a large round recycling basket with a lid. 

It was a wonderful week with great friends. I’ll post some more photos over the next few days. B

Redgrave and Lopham Fen…

Amazing day to be at the Fen today. The weather was just right for weaving. The sun shone and the doors to the centre were open, allowing a lovely warm breeze to flow through the room. 

A group of 13 enthusiastic participants made plant supports in the morning and an equally motivated 12 came in the afternoon to make fat ball feeders. 

I delight in the joy on people’s faces when they see their creations take shape. There is a lot to take in and think about but everyone persevered and made pieces to be proud of. 

I feel really blessed to be a part of the day.