Dragonflies galore…

Twenty four dragonflies in 4 hours.  What a fabulous day celebrating harvest. Everyone did brilliantly, we will have a great display tomorrow for the harvest service at Botesdale village Hall. 

Caroline Davidson did two Lino cutting workshops. Folk made their own prints and also a collective banner which was stunning. 


It’s really special to see the community coming together and having fun. 

Happy Birthday to you…

Happy birthday to Gemma (on the right). Her lovely mum Sharyn brought her along to weave a birthday basket whilst she made a birds nest for herself.

Despite the blustery weather outside the workshop was full of laughter conversation and calm concentration.

The nice thing about small groups is that I can take the time to work along side people often taking the stress out of borders for example.  Doing it together step by step minimises the possibility of making mistakes.

They both did brilliantly and took baskets home to be proud of.

Bird House…

Just finished this little bird house as an example for a class next week. The tear drop shape is really elegant, but the design is also clever, using the integral stakes to bind off at the top and to make the handle. 

It’s a design that can be found in Jonathan Ridgeons book, ’10 Bird Feeder Projects’.  

One down, one to go…

My husband bought two fairly dilapidated chairs from an auction. I’ve been re-doing the cane for a while in between other jobs. But they are nearly done. It’s the standard six-way pattern. 

I also covered the seats concealing a lurid green velvet with a nice tartan. Altogether they are looking distinctly more loved. 

It’s all about the packing…

Just finished this little lopsided number this morning. I’ve been working along side a student who always comes to the workshop with great ideas. 

This shape is achieved by ‘packing’ the weaving on one side to force the stakes over and ‘grow’ one side more than the other. 

To do this you can use one weaver, going in front and behind one stake and turning before you get all the way around the basket. By going back on yourself you build up one side more than the other. That’s a bit of a simple description! But hopefully makes some sense. I finished the basket with a 5 rod border. Now just to decide what to put in it…

Ode to Autumn…

John Keats wrote ‘Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness’. It has certainly been feeling very autumnal this week. We have been the happy recipients of lots of vegetables from friends allotments. 

My days have been occupied with 2 chairs that I am re-caning. They take a while, in fact I have these chairs in my workshop for over a year. They are to go to my husbands brewery and I’ve been putting them off in favour of other jobs. Anyway in the evenings I’ve been twining this little pumpkin like basket using nutscene twine. I find it very relaxing to keep my hands busy. It helps clear my head!  

Ready to rock and roll…

The summer holidays are almost over. I love having my children at home and will be sad to see them return to school. However I am looking forward to getting back in the workshop. 

Today I gave my willow soaking tank a jolly good scrub. It was long overdue and smelt like a medieval  harbour but now it is clean and ready to welcome willow again!  I have lots of ideas, jobs that need to be finished and a few commissions to get started.

 I’m feeling pretty excited about it. 😊

Cordage…

I have been playing about this morning making cordage from the left over palm leaf and seaweed. They’ve been on an outside table for 3-4 days so I was surprised that the palm leaf was still flexible enough to twist as it needs to. 

The seaweed is also still as rubbery as it was the day I picked it up. Really very elastic and from that perspective not entirely ideal for making cordage as it’s difficult to get the right tension. 

I’ve always found making cordage very relaxing.  You can lose yourself in the rhythm. The colours of these materials are really beautiful as well.