Friday, July 16, 2010

A Tisket A Tasket A Hand-Woven Basket

Maybe this is showing my age but why is it that when people talked about blow-off classes in college the example was always Underwater Basket Weaving?  Because I've attempted to weave baskets on dry land and it's really not that simple!  Is it super easy under water?!

I had the opportunity to get together with some of the neighborhood ladies a while ago and learn to weave baskets.  *Ok! you can laugh. It makes me giggle just saying it*  There was a local artist who welcomed us into her home once a week and taught us the art of basket weaving.  The best parts were making the mess somewhere else : ) and getting to chat while we created.

Here is the first basket I tried:

I applied zero technique.  I was merely trying to follow the procedure.  This one I've named 'Peanut' for it's shape.  When it's out it usually holds remotes.

Then I made a Christmas basket which turned out better:

When it's out it usually holds remotes.

 To move away from the ovular shape I did a wine basket.  It's still unfinished because it's cool but I don't know what to do with it - it's too tall and narrow to hold remotes!  Suggestions?

And my favorite and most elaborate basket that I made was the flower basket:

It held remotes but Handy Hubby : ) doesn't like having to navigate the handles to get them out.  It currently holds my palms from Lent.

Learning to weave was a fun & an out.of.the.ordinary experience.  I'm glad I tried it, but I gotta tell ya, it is truly sooooo much cheaper to just buy the dumb things with my 40% off coupon!! 

I made these long before blogging so I couldn't even begin to explain the process to you at all - poor retention...mmm, sorta like college.  Oh, hey!  I think I get it now - Maybe what happens under water stays under water!  Easy!


*I'm trying something new to declutter my posts*
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Karen Mortensen said...

I am impressed.

S and O said...

I can't laugh when I see how well they've come out. I want to learn how to weave soooo bad!


Le Chateau des fleurs said...

WOW Talk about talented! Very good job!
Following you back :)

Anonymous said...

Sure anybody could buy a straw bag, but not everyone can say they actually wove one. Wow! They look terrific!

Thanks for the Party Links.


Kirsty said...

What a cute little class to go to! Sounds like fun! I like the Christmas basket best! :) love the tree!

Bette said...

How about putting a smaller glass vase in the wine basket one and adding summer daisis or something like that.

BTW: I have left an award for you over at my site.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Wow these are amazing! How impressive. The christmas tree basket is adorable! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn