I’m packing for next week’s Association of Michigan Basketmaker’s annual convention. It feels like I just unpacked – last week I was in Minnesota. Packing is the worst part of preparing for an event. Mostly because, though I have check lists galore, I am constantly concerned I will forget something. I don’t often mess up, but it happens. Last week I forgot the cane I dyed. I had the black cane with me, but not the box of brightly dyed cane. Basket weavers are wonderful and their baskets looked beautiful; black is a great color for Flight! Today, I think I have everything set aside for my Michigan classes … but I’ll check again.
While I am packing to teach basket classes, I know many of you are packing to come take classes. So what should you take?
Well, l first there’s the must have list, its pretty much the ‘basic tools for basket weaving’ list and then there’s the favorites list. These things should be in your class tool bag – the basic tool set:
After that add your favorites:
- packing tool
- lashing tools
- and any other tools you can’t weave a basket without
What would you add?
And while I was looking for student tips, I found this great article “Taking Classes – Tips for Students” on The Country Seat website. Check it out!
And now, I had better get back to check lists and packing so I can weave a little!
Looking for basket weaving tools? Here’s a short list of suppliers:
Arnie’s Arts and Crafts www.basketpatterns.com
East Troy Basketry www.easttroybasketry.com
Royalwood, Ltd www.royalwoodltd.com
Country Seat www.countryseat.com
The Basket Maker’s Catalog www.basketmakerscatalog.com
As I said this is the short list. Where do you get your basket supplies and tools?