When you are twining the base of your basket, corners can be a little tricky. Sometimes the weaver lays perfectly and sometimes it sneaks under the stake, defeating the purpose of locking the base. Here’s how to have nice squared corners every time you twine a base.
Yup, I’m a little surprised myself! This is my 52nd post!
About eighteen months ago, I started thinking about writing a basket blog. So I started researching and asking questions. Of course that just raised more questions, but I was getting more and more interested. So I made a list of what would need to happen – I almost stopped there! Read more
August 4-7, 2016 the Missouri Basketweavers Guild hosted their 25th convention, Weave the World, in St Louis, Missouri. Co-chairs Leanne Nielsen and Edeltraud Romvai had all kinds of fun planned for the weekend, from the teacher and vendor reception featuring an international smorgasbord to passports and basket bingo.
If you were watching the Super Bowl 50 in January (2016), you may have caught a glimpse of Jill. No she wasn’t in the stands or the half time show, she was the Texas basket weaver on the Reliant Energy commercial. She says it was only a few seconds – but hey those were prime time seconds Jill! (Curious? Links to the commercial are below.) Jill is an accomplished basket and gourd artist, so it’s no surprise she was chosen to be included in the commercial. Read more
The step up is a round reed technique used when you come to the end of a twined row. It is most often used when triple twining (three-rod wale), but it can be utilized with any type of twining: regular (with two weavers), triple twining (with three weavers), four-rod wale (with four weavers) and even if you twine with more weavers. In most baskets a step up is optional. If a step up is not done, the twining section will spiral up the basket and will have a definite starting spot and a definite ending spot. If a step up is done, each row will be continuous, like a ring it will look like it has no start or stop. Read more
Usually July in Wisconsin is hot and muggy, so I spend my days in the studio. I like working in the studio and I have accomplished a lot. Pounds and pounds of cane and reed have been dyed beautiful colors. I even have it bundled and ready for basket kits! I love the dyeing part of kit prep; sometimes when I’m done for the day I will wander back down just to look at the color. Read more
Last week, Char Ciammaichella was driving through and stopped on her way to Weavin’ in Winona in Minnesota. It was so fun to have her stop by! But it was even more fun when she stopped here on her way home because she taught a class for my guild, Wisconsin Weave Basket Guild. She let us choose from three different baskets – we had so much fun and our baskets were beautiful! Char is a great teacher, I picked up at least one new tip to share!
Here’s a photo blog of our time with Char. Read more
I’ve known Pam Talsky for several years, and while back I had a chance to ‘interview’ Pam. Pam’s excitement about basketry is contagious and her work is amazing – enjoy!
Pam was in Minocqua, Wisconsin, on a family vacation when she was introduced to basketry. Francis Whitfield was offering a pine needle class at the resort. Using local raw pine needles and raffia, participants made coaster, Pam made ‘one’ with a lip and a lid. She was hooked. She bought all the material she could from Francis and spent every spare moment of their remaining vacation coiling. That was 1994, only the beginning of Pam’s journey to become nationally known as a basket teacher and artist.
Jabez, Kentucky – I heard a local describe it as ‘five miles past no where”. It may be that, but it is also a destination for over 100 basket weavers each June. Many attendees call it ‘basket camp’; we eat, weave and sleep – it’s pretty wonderful. I taught four classes, enjoyed seeing lots of friends and made new ones. Of course I took my camera and took lots of pictures. I didn’t capture the rocking chairs on the porch or the amazing sunsets, but I did get lots of class pictures and … Read more
I just got home from ‘Celebrating 25 years of Weaving Friendships’ at the Stowe Basketry Festival. It was wonderful and worth every mile! Thank you Merry Vigneau, the staff at the Round Hearth, and all of you who came to teach classes or to take them. I’ll keep the words to a minimum and share a ‘few’ pictures:
The Round Hearth, where we ate and slept and visited. Read more
Today I am writing about the three types of dyes that work on reed and wood: direct, reactive and natural. Part I and II provided background for dyeing. If you haven’t read them you may find it helpful to start there. Dyeing Reed -Part I and Dyeing Reed Part II
I don’t claim to be an expert on dyeing, however over the years I have dyed a lot of stuff (basket related and not), I have used a lot of different dyes – natural, all purpose, direct and reactive, I have dyed natural (protein and cellulose) materials and synthetics, trial and error (failure and success) have been good teachers and I have also done a lot of research. Dyeing is a science; so while there are different ways to dye reed, understanding the science of dyeing will help you have better results.
Whether you use an all purpose dye, direct dye, reactive dye or even a natural dye, I hope you find this article helpful.
Yes, that is just a picture of the floor. The floor in my studio. Please note that it is clean. It is reed free. I even dusted! I actually just stood here and took it all in – it looks kind of impressive. This week our children come home and this will become living space – this week it won’t be reed strewn, but it may be covered in craft supplies and toys and little bodies. It will be a special kind of messy 🙂 Read more