Now that Christmas has past, I am looking through photos and reflecting on a fun day of basket weaving with the gals of Tightly Basketry Guild of the NRV. We had a great day weaving darling little ornaments.
This little basket was fun to weave. I am a blue person so this one makes me smile. I love covered bridges and purchased this painted base and blue leather handles at the Texas Basket Weaver’s Convention in Austin, Texas. Special thanks to friends in my basket weaving guild (Tightly Woven Basketry Guild of the NRV) for sharing smoked colored reed 🙂 This is my first basket to use this color and I love it!
I have always been enamored by baskets that are woven around wire. Recently, I had the opportunity to try out this technique.
A friend’s husband was pruning their grapevines and she was gracious enough to call and let me know.
First step: to wrestle the grapevines into a huge box that barely fit into my car.
The thought of using reed spokes for the base had crossed my mind but I felt this would not be strong enough. I had the idea to use a curved wire wreath base so there would be a place for the sunflower seeds to fall, as well as a place for the birds to perch.
I wondered if I could find a tall circular wire tube to hold the sunflowers but did not have any success finding such a thing. So I strolled the aisles of Michaels and kept looking for something.
I happened upon this decoative bird cage. Perfect! And the wire wreath base proved to be an excellent fit.
I talked my friend, Judy, into making a bird feeder with me. Back to wrestling grapevines.
Base is woven and finished.
Birdhouses are woven and ready for sunflower seeds. They are loosely woven with gaps, allowing seeds to fall out plus birds can peck through the gaps for seeds.
It was a labor intensive day of weaving. Grapevines are thick and hard on hands to work with.
Judy and I are please with the end result, our one-of-a-kind birdfeeder!
This blog post makes me chuckle. Did you notice how many photos I took on day one of basket weaving convention? I posted six photos on day one, five photos on day two and three photos on day three. On day four, I didn’t even take one picture of my basket weaving progress!
Basket weaving convention is an awesome event but it is labor intensive too! I’m up with the chickens, weaving all day long and don’t make it to bed until late. Saturday is extremely intense but a fun day. After basket weaving all day long and after dinner, there is market place where we can buy supplies from the teachers and vendors. After that, the silent auction and raffle items are distributed. I did not make it home until late. By Sunday morning, I was really dragging.
The name of this basket is Harvest Gold Storage. It is woven on a wood base. This step of the basket, adding spokes to the base, always reminds me of a big spider.
The bottom portion of the basket uses two colors of reed to give a checkerboard effect.
The mid-section of the basket is woven with space dyed reed. I love the fall colors. It reminds me of Virginia trees.
More rows of checker board are woven at the top and it is embellished with handmade handles.