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
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
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
However you get in touch, don’t forget to include your contact details 😊.
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
Just wanted to wish you all a very happy new year. I hope it will be a better one for everyone. Thanks for all the support during 2020.
Hi everyone, hope you are well and keeping safe. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve joined the Bury St Edmunds virtual Christmas market.
If you head to their site on Facebook I’m stall # 124.
I’m adding things regularly so if you’re after a Christmas gift and you can’t see what you’re looking for do get in touch. For some reason I can’t reply to enquires via word press (if anyone knows why let me know!). It’s best to drop me an email email@example.com. Or direct message me via face book or Instagram @karenlawrencebasketry
Over the last month I’ve managed to start teaching again. It wasn’t an easy decision but it’s been wonderful to welcome people back to the workshop.
Obviously things are different now. I can only have one student at a time due to space, the door and window remain open, masks are worn etc. I wasn’t sure if it would all be as enjoyable as pre Covid. I am happy to report that it’s been so great to see people, to talk, to work and create. All the other things seem to fall away for a while.
I did wonder if I would feel competent after such a long break! I’m sure having only one student at a time made it all seem much easier. Seeing the enjoyment of those learning, seeing them relax and ultimately empowered by learning new things has always helped me override any nerves of my own. I’m glad to say the same has been true over these last weeks.
My finished pieces from these classes are all for sale. Two medium log baskets or large kindling baskets (£70 each) and a round shopper (£65). Please do get in touch if you’re interested in making a purchase, or coming to a class. You can contact me via email or text firstname.lastname@example.org 07989848719
I’m so pleased to announce that I will be teaching two Christmas workshops. Please see the courses page for details.
I’ve been very slack at adding new posts these last few months but I hope to update you over the next few weeks with a few of the projects I’ve been working on. 😊
Thank you to everyone who has ordered from me and brought their treasured items to me for repair. I can’t tell you how much it means to me.