~I went to a basketmaking workshop yesterday. There were 10 of us, and we were all new to it. I've wanted to learn basketmaking for ages, and since I'm also booked into a week long workshop next month, I thought it was a good opportunity to get a feel for it.
|These were all made by the tutor, Jill Bose, who has been making baskets for many years.|
|This is one of my 'efforts'...now that it's dried, I can see where it needs more work.|
|My other creation. I could damp this again and push it into a more upright shape, but I quite like it like this. The orangey-brown leaves are philodendron, with the lighter coloured banana leaf woven through as an accent.|
|Getting the left to right and behind cross over action right|
|The flat base has to be held firmly in your lap to start the shaping of the sides. I could've used a couple more pairs of hands at times.|
|Lajla's finished basket. Despite being given the same materials and instructions the finished baskets all looked very different, as we added out own touch.|
|Jill, the tutor, starting the framework for the large open weave basket|
|Hard at work|
|A banana leaf basket made by the tutor|
|We shared good food|
Now that I have some idea of what to do, I'm really looking forward to my April workshop, to see how different the two tutors are and hopefully learn different styles and techniques. For this workshop, Jill used easily obtainable tropical plants, whereas the plants and fibres used in the next workshop will be cool temperate climate plants, and so will be very different.