Ok, so workshops are going ahead….and I decided that in order to be more than one step ahead ….full on basketry is taking place. I have the advantage of plenty of supplies from both the garden and Hambrook Marshes. I usually feel under pressure to use up willow that I’ve soaked but currently, using fresh willow me as that I can leave it out in the garden and it is ready & waiting for the next project.
The sunshine has also inspired me to hard prune the very invasive clematis in the garden. I’m not sure of the variety , it is cultivated version, but it is in plentiful supply. I’m really encouraged by this material, admittedly it does need the outer layer peeling off, but otherwise it is very flexible. I’ve a basket almost totally made from clematis, that I made last year, It is still my favourite 😍
The basket here is a practice slewing weave and learn a four rod border project. Slewing needs an odd number of uprights and is very quick. The sides of the basket are rapidly constructed. I think it is an attractive weave too so, lots of positives. A four rod border is far from easy and I don’t manage it without the help of a good basketry book!
outside the church – before
Inside the church – after the second masterclass was a bit rushed this week. We also discovered the need of a bodkin, especially when your hands are so cold. We were inside the church , as per usual, and coffee and hot chocolate did help us thaw. However, the temperature didn’t help the processes we were trying to achieve, so a bodkin is on order and maybe,,,,some gloves?
I’m using all fresh willow and the base is pretty much all clematis. I’m guessing this means I can call this one a hedgerow basket.
The handle on the egg basket made last week, is no longer secure. The fresh willow handle was a tight fit then, but with the drying out of the handle, it is no longer functional…
. That basket is in need of some attention. …All is in hand….
This is a random photo taken from a 2nd hand book in the church, transporting blooms. Maybe there is a connection….