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 it’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 😊

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.

I’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 it’s earnt a rest. 😊 @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 ‘patch’ it in any way. Where the damage was meant the chair wouldn’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. 😊

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. 😊 @karen_lawrence_basketry #marketbag #crochet #testingtesting #takeabag #zeroplastic #thebasketmakersassociation

High chair…

High chair re done with seagrass

I finally finished this lovely little high chair with seagrass.

I started weeks ages ago but after using up the first spool of material I found that the other spools were of such poor quality I couldn’t use them.

Anyway after sourcing some much nicer material I had to start over as it was a slightly different size to the first lot! Basketry teaches you so much, not least of all patience! See below for the ‘before’ photo. 😊

Reclaim magazine…

Lovely to be included in the current issue of Reclaim magazine (issue 58). It’s focus is on my repair work. 😊@karenlawrencebasketry @reclaimmag #basketryrepair #willow #willowrepair #addextrayears #newleaseoflife #thebasketryassociation #theworshipfulcompanyofbasketmakers