Time for tea…

Willow tea pot lid

This lovely teapot had lost its lid. The owner asked me to make it a new one, a little worrying as the teapot is in Spain. However, glad to report that it fits. Photo courtesy of the customer 😊 @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #buffwillow #teapot #teapotlid #willowlid #willowteapotlid #unusualrequests #fixit #makeitwork #donthrowitout #thebasketmakersassociation

New lid…

Replacement laundry basket lid. Quite a big one at 52cm. Good to know the laundry basket it lives with will keep going for years to come. 😊@karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #buffwillow #laundrybasket #willowlid #laundrybasketlid #willowlaundrybasket #repairsmakemehappy #happyfriday

Bird pod/feeder….

This morning on my bird feeder pod. I just love nuthatches, Zorro of the bird world.

DM me if you’d like one. A bird pod of course, nuthatch not included. 😊@karenlawrencebasketry #willow #willowbirdpod #willowbirdfeeder #feedthebirds #natural #forthegarden #nuthatch #nuthatchesofinstagram

Birch bark…

Ten minutes of play time. Birch bark that I’ve had for a while and hemp string from @string_harvest. It’s simple but life feels complicated enough 😊. @karen_lawrence_basketry #birchbark #hempstring #hempcordage #simplecheckweave #keepinglifesimple #playtime #takesometime #mentalrest #creativitybringsjoy #creativerest #take5minutes #downtime #simplepleasures #birchbarkwallhanging #wallhanging #bringtheoutsidein #birchtrees #basketryassociation

Shopping basket repair…

Sending this back to its owner today… or maybe tomorrow if the snow puts me off.

It was made in Sweden about 40-50 years ago and brought to the UK by the owners mother. The last 4 pictures show the damage. I’ve put on a new handle and pegged it with willow, replaced the broken and missing weaving on the base and sides. I also reinforced the base sticks and wrapped them. Hopefully there will be plenty of life in this lovely basket for years to come. @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #willowrepair #willowbasket #willowbasketrepair #swedishbasket #shoppingbasket #newleaseoflife #mendit #I❤️repairing #basketryassociation

Market bag update…

Finally finished the new handles on my string bag. I crocheted a couple of rows around the top edge before attaching and plaiting long shoulder straps in a basket stitch. They took a while with such fine material but they are strong and the final plait is nice and flat which is comfortable on my shoulder. Looking forward to testing it out. 😊@karenlawrencebasketry #netting #knotting #string #nettingwithstring #stringbag #marketbag #zeroplastic #takeabag #basketryassociation

Peace lily…

I was putting some laundry in my eldest sons room and noticed his peace lily looking rather woeful. So whilst he is out at work I’ve given it a haircut and made him a cordage bangle to help him remember to water it occasionally 😂
@karen_lawrence_basketry #cordage #string #making #loveyourhouseplants #peacelily

Chunky market bag…

I finished this chunky square knotted bag very quickly. The lovely bright wooden handles were too exciting not to use immediately. 😊@karenlawrencebasketrt #knotting #netting #knottedbag #macramebag #marketbag #zeroplastic #noplastic #takeabag #rememberabag #squareknot #macrame #homemade #madeinsuffolk #craft #basketryassociation