More knotting …

I spent some time at the weekend messing about with knotting again. Remember my string market bag? I decided the willow hoop handles were a little too rustic for me. They also made the length of the bag annoying, it was too long to carry at your side once full. So I’ve taken those off and am replacing them with a longer shoulder strap made using the basket stitch plait. That is the one 2nd from the left in the photo. It gives a nice flat, strong plait without too much give. I’ll post a photo of the finished thing later this week.

I also ordered some pre made wooden handles and am working on another chunky knotted bag. More about that later in the week.

Victorian cutlery tray…

This beautifully made Victorian cutlery tray was crushed in a move. My task was to rebuild it. It has been a very slow process. The basket is very fragile so there was a risk of snapping more bits as I worked. It’s always an honour to be entrusted with somebodies beloved basket. Hats off to the original basket maker. It’s a beautiful piece. @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #willowrepair #basketrepair #victoriancutlerytray #belovedbasket #someonestreasure #fixit #repairit #newleaseoflife #basketmakersassociation

Market bag…

New String arrived so the market bag is finished. Probably a little long and it would be nice to mess around with different hoops for the handles. @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #knotting #marketbag #knottedmarketbag #stringbag #knottedstringbag #zeroplastic #takeabag #basketryassociation

Fencing…

Morning, over the weekend I’ve been making some low fencing for a customer to edge a grave. They are creating a mini garden. Sounds like a wonderful plan to create a tranquil spot to be still in and think of their loved one. @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #willowfencing #willowinthegarden

Hearts…

As Valentine’s Day approaches I will be making some willow hearts. They are £10 each. Postage with Royal Mail 2nd class signed for is now £6.30 for orders of 1-5 hearts! You would be more than welcome to collect from me as well. Socially distanced of course.

They look very nice adorned with herbs or flowers or even lights and make a rather nice eco friendly gift.

To get in touch either text or what’s app me on 07989848719 or email me at karen.m.lawrence@btinternet.com

Organise your lemons…

Willow hanging basket

I’ve been busy replenishing my stock of these popular hanging baskets. Great indoors for garlic, lemons or lights and great outdoors for fatballs for the birds. They are £20 each.

Send me a what’s app or text if you’re interested on 07989848719 or send me an email karen.m.lawrence@btinternet.com.

However you get in touch, don’t forget to include your contact details 😊.

Back to it…

Willow soaking tank clean and ready to go

Back in the warm after a morning outside, cleaning the soaking tank, steaming some willow and cleaning the workshop up. I shut the door before Christmas on a sizeable mess so it feels nice to be ready to get going again. Two of my boys started lessons on line today and have been marvellous. Big shout out to @hartismere high school for being fabulous and doing an amazing job. Thank you 😊 @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #getreadyforthenewyear #cleantank #willowsoaking #tidyworkshop #readyandraringtogo #thankyoubrilliantteachers