New Collection

I’m in the midst of making a new collection of baskets for a Basketry Showcase I’m taking part in for the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers on March 8th.

They are all made on hoops/frames with a Catalan style base. It’s been a complete joy to be able to use some of my home grown willow in the process.

These are the first four of hopefully eight. A variety of styles and weaves. 😊

Karen Lawrence Basketry

Learning all the time…

Karen Lawrence Basketry

This basket was made on a hoop, Catalan style. But I didn’t really plan it first, always an error. The stakes ended up a little too close which had an impact on the border.

The white willow I used was also a bit old and scrappy so the border has splits and kinks where I don’t want them. However I love my homegrown willow that I’ve used for weaving the sides and it’s always good to learn from your mistakes.

Karen Lawrence Basketry

Hoops…

Having completed my own harvest this year I had some larger material that is suitable for hoop making. So this week I’ve made a variety of square and circular shapes for future baskets. They need to spend some weeks drying out naturally. A process which can be sped up near a source of heat.

From the off cuts I’ve made some fruit shaped platters. Just for fun 😊

Hoops – Karen Lawrence Basketry
Fruity platters – Karen Lawrence Basketry.