Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Weaving all day ... but not with fabric

I've always wanted to learn how to weave baskets. I went to my first lesson today and am very pleased with my first ever basket. I found a wonderful teacher right in my neighborhood and spent a very enjoyable day with 7 other students. I was the only newbie in the class and some beautiful baskets were being made. It's actually easier than I thought it would be but I guess that's because it was one of the simpler designs. I've already chosen another basket for my next lesson which will be sometime next month. Here are some photos. Click for a closer view.

busy weavers--check out the basket rack near the window

my wonderful teacher Lisa

my first basket is 12" in diameter x 7" high

it will hold lots of fabric scraps 

14 comments:

Annette said...

wow if that is your very first basket well done, it's fantastic.. can't wait to see the next one..

hugs

Storycloth said...

yeah - WOW - looks beautifully executed Deanna. So great to be part of your wonderful enthusiasm for life and the many joys we find in it. Gilly

Marti said...

Beautiful basket Deanna; the woven sage color just sings to me. Where did the basket materials come from? Are any of them foraged from the fields? One of the baskets, the top curved one, hanging on the rack, looks like it might have some native reeds, thin branches. Reminds me of some of the kudzu baskets here in the South.

Penny Berens said...

Oh, wow Deanna, I'm SO envious! It's beautiful. Well done.

deanna7trees said...

thank you all. Marti, the teacher buys all of her supplies from an online source so i'm not sure exactly what they are. this is all so new to me. one of the students gifted her a little basket that she made from dried bark and flower stems from her garden. i'll have to experiment with the bark that peels off of my crepe myrtles. i'm just in the learning stage.

Gracie said...

Oh, Deanna, these are wonderful. I read somewhere that baskets are one of the very last things that can not be made by machine; they are always, and will always, be hand made. Such a good skill.

liniecat said...

Oh they look great, like yours very much, would never haver known it was your first.
You can never have too many baskets when youve a stash to store lol

Yvonne said...

FABULOUS! Definitely something I want to try, too!

karen said...

these are lovely Deanna and what an amazing skill to have...

Martine said...

This looks very interesting......
XXXm

Morna Crites-Moore ~Wicked Waif ~ said...

When I was a kid, in the summer, there was a day camp at my school. I absolutely loved the basket weaving and I wish I still had the baskets I made. If you would like to see some beautiful baskets, truly made from scratch: www.blackashbaskets.com .... Jonathan Kline STARTS by felling the tree! I have two of his baskets and one of his trays and they are treasures. I can see you are having a wonderful weaving time. :-)

Herm said...

i also love basket weaving, i made several baskets "Appalachian" style in the 80's at Oregon School of Arts & Crafts, we also had to dig and cut roots and collect pine needles to make other type, it's great you are making some!

Lis said...

Wow your basket is beautiful, so even too. I love the materials, do you know what they are? Well done, you now have a new addiction vbg

Notjustnat said...

Wow Deanna, that is a great first basket! Beautiful and functional too. I can see it filled with all your wonderful fabric scraps. You are so lucky to have your teacher right in your neighborhood. I can see some creative baskets in the photos.
Looking forward to your number two basket - Hugs Nat

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