I love talking to Pat Vogler, she is always busy doing something. Tending a huge garden and canning the produce, growing and drying herbs, making soap and tending to her chickens. When I first met Pat, she also had goats: Nubians for milking, Angoras for the fiber and African Boars for meat. Today, there are no goats in the pasture, Pat and her husband John, are a little busy with their business, Bittersweet Baskets and Homestead Handles. As their website says it is ‘more than a basket shop.
When I started weaving someone told me about using tea to stain baskets. It is still one of my favorite ways to finish basket, I love the rich color and I like the smell of the tea brewing. I especially like that this is a non-toxic way to finish a basket.
There are a couple of different methods, here’s how I do it. Read more
A very long time ago, I said I was going to do a series of posts on weaving basket bases. Well, I get distracted – there are so many basket related topics to write about, my list just gets longer and longer! The good news is a few weeks ago, I wove this base and got some photos. So here it is – a tutorial on the continuous weave filled basket base.
Each April, Pam Feix, Debbie Cates and the Whitewater Basket Guild in Richmond, Indiana host a spectacular three day basket weaving event, Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat. Four hundred people (basket weavers, basket teachers and vendors) gather together to weave baskets, learn new weaving techniques, stock up on basket kits and supplies, enjoy each others company, catch up with old friends and make ones.
That’s right, Eat, Sleep Weave about sums it up. 🙂 Read more
This week I will be teaching one of my new basket patterns, Recursion, at Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat in Richmond, Indiana for the first time.
So I am releasing the pattern!
Recursion is a set of 5 or 7 nesting baskets, made with 1/8″ or 1/4″ strips of painted paper. These bias weave baskets range in size from 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” x 2” down to 5/8” x 5/8” x ¾”. So much fun to make!
Dianne Gleixner works out of her studio in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She has regularly scheduled basket classes at her studio and she also teaches at basket guilds and basket weaving events around the country. A few weeks ago Dianne Gleixner came to teach our basket guild.
I use the braid weave in several of my patterns: Braid Obsession, Braided Miniatures, Wisconsin Wine Basket and Whispers. The three strand braid weave is one of my favorite basket weaving techniques to teach. In my recent Whispers classes, I have been asked to post a tutorial on the braid weave – so here it is.
When I teach the three strand braid weave, I like to begin by telling my students how it is similar to triple twining and then explain how it is different. What I am going to do is post a pictorial tutorial with the same spiel I give my students. At the end of the tutorial you will find a link to my YouTube video tutorial. Read more
Thank you to Cathy and all the volunteers who made the Dream Weavers Convention such a success! So good to see old friends, make a few new ones and watch so many amazing basket classes in action. Thank you to each one of you who took a class with me or stopped by my table at market place! I appreciate each one of you.
And now a few pictures of the convention in action. Read more
The Woven Together in Western Kentucky 2016 Basket Retreat was held last week. The three day event was held at Rough River Falls State Park and Resort, Kentucky, we wove in the lodge over looking the lake. Beautiful!
I brought my camera and took lots of pictures of my basket classes and the event, so today I’ll give you a pictorial tour of a great basket weaving retreat.
Carol tending the registration table. Carol has been co-chairing this basket event for many years – this was her last year. Thanks for all your work Carol … next year you can take classes! Read more
Today I am posting a tutorial on another way to double lash your basket. Last month, I posted ‘Lashing a Basket with Waxed Linen‘ and, in that post, I showed how to lash with waxed linen and how to do a V lash. This tutorial will show you how to lash a basket going around the basket once and creating a double lash with a double X on each lash. If you are new to lashing with waxed linen you may want to read ‘Lashing your Basket a Waxed Linen‘ to learn how to start the lasher, add on, and end the lasher.
The Double X Lashing
Starting just to the right of the overlaps (to the left, if you weave left handed), secure the waxed linen and thread it from outside to inside in the next space. Read more
warning – this post will be as scattered and messy as my studio
My studio is a mess, this is what awaited me this morning…and that’s just one corner. This will be another week of cutting and counting and bundling and packing basket kits – three thousand or so stakes, pounds and pounds of round reed, and thousands of yards of cane – by the end of the week I should have several hundred kits ready for my March and April basket classes. Read more
Shortly before the holidays, I was having a brown day – literally – I was dying pounds and pounds of reed dark brown. My phone rang, so I whipped off my dying gloves hoping to catch the caller before the answering machine. I was rewarded with Beth Hester’s sweet Kentucky voice. We had been trying to set up a time for us to talk, but her emails just kept bouncing back. So she called and my brown day was brightened with a pleasant conversation. Let me share a little about Beth and a few snippets from our conversation.