Monday, December 16, 2013
Having Fun Now...?
I usually just show the whole shop. No close ups.
This time, I decided to get a little closer. If you poke the photos, you can get even closer.
In the first photo, the top shelf, over the door has only one basket that I didn't make. That's the Chinese basket third from the left. It is hard to see the first one....Doesn't matter. It's a small crocheted basket...Yes you can crochet baskets as well as weave them. There's a better view of it in the second photo. Top right.
Still the first photo. The blue lined basket, second from the right is the one and only shaker bent wood basket that I have left. I used to sell those at shows. They were made out of the very thin wooden calendars. Maybe one of these days, I will make some to show you how it's done. It involves ammonia. Very smelly.
The left wall has all kinds. There are woven, of several types. The light one on the second shelf from the top was molded around the bottom of a bottle with needlepoint canvas. A couple were simply needlepoint canvas with embroidery thread running through the mesh, fastened to a woodsie.
The coiled wall piece above is over dyed thread on covered wire, like I do my coiled baskets.
This is the work area. I tried to show some of the baskets in progress so that you can see how they are done.
A friend made the metal egg basket under the wicker planter. It is made of hardware cloth, simply bent into shape and the eggs are small white beans.
I consider the wicker a form of basket weaving. The same techniques are used to do these pieces.
Here on the right wall, there is even a hat that is woven. I didn't do it. Twenty five years ago, you could buy these at a quarter a piece. They were woven in Mexico. I painted them and added silk flowers. Again, I think that this is about the only one I have left of these.
The herringbone woven nest of baskets in the right hand corner are also from Mexico. The smallest one is less than a half inch across. And yes, It is in the herringbone weave also.
The dirty green sewing basket is one that I made a long time ago. Sewing thread and wire.
She plopped down in the chair. Put her feet up on an over turned basket and relaxed, saying, "It's so nice to have a clean workspace."
Mind you, she hasn't stepped foot in here for months. Because it was, to quote her, "Much too messy to get anything done."
I didn't make the mess....Why do I get to clean it up?
It happens every year about this time. I clean it. She messes it up again.
I am going back to see what else needs cleaning and straightening. Whilst I am doing that, you can go get caught up on basket making. I discovered that there are now 6 pages of basket related entries. The last page(earliest dates) has a couple of good tutorials...Hang in there. http://caseymini.blogspot.com/search/label/baskets
See you tomorrow.