Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another kind of weaving - baskets!

I'm a little behind on posting these pictures, as these were completed before Christmas, but better late than never:-)

I made this mini bread basket from a kit that was purchased online:

The wood strips that were included for wrapping the rim were troublesome, but my friend, and basket weaving teacher Cathy, helped me out and I was able to replace it with a nicer piece. I did end up doing just a plain wrap, even around the handles, because I couldn't get the fancy wrap in the instructions to be the same on both sides of the handle. At least I ended up with a basket I'm happy with!

This next basket is another Blueberry Basket, but much more rounded than my first. It was fun making this one in a larger class, but my life that day was super stressful (nothing like getting a call about a broken water pipe that is 2 hours away, from husband who is traveling out of state, and not able to go see it because I have to be there to drop off / pick up a child from school - luckily someone found it, and was taking care of it for us), and I can see it in the basket, although it's funny how looking at someone else's project can affect what I'm doing, even when it's not intentional.

You see, I was running behind because of "things beyond my control", and trying to catch up in class, while a classmate that was ahead of me had a basket that was rounded, and I was admiring it, wishing mine would be rounded too. I guess my hands listened and it became rounded too, so I'm happy to have made a beautiful basket on a day that would have been even more stressful if I'd been home worrying, when there was nothing I could do until the next day.


Sherryl said...

These baskets are lovely! I can remember as a kid (a very long time ago)making baskets but they were very plain.

Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

I'm a basket weaver too and I think your baskets turned out simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing them.

Lynn Majidimehr said...

Thank you Sherryl! I only remember making some kind of coiled basket when I was a kid, and have many purchased baskets, but got started making them when a friend invited me to share a condo with her friends in Sisters, OR last year, and her friend taught us how to make my first basket. I do love the colors and hand-dyed reed that is available today.

Lynn Majidimehr said...

Welcome Nancy, and thank you for the compliment! I've learned a lot following your blog and videos!