What Happened to Attic Treasures Basketry?
Hello friends and welcome to 2018.
You may be wondering what happened to Attic Treasures Basketry, and rightly so. Hibernating? No, not really. Hiding? Definitely not.
I really had to take some time off for several reasons. First and foremost, I needed to put my Etsy shop in vacation mode because I was unable to weave. I had developed tendinitis in one of my hands and it was SO painful that I decided it was best to stop weaving any orders for awhile.
I taught classes and was at events in summer and fall, but by November, I knew something had to be done. I quit weaving altogether so that I could let it heal.
I also felt a need to spend more time with my family, work on other things that needed to be done, and define my goals for the coming year.
Now I'm back! I'm still taking it easy, and the Etsy shop is not open yet. I do have two private classes scheduled in 2018 and a back pack weaving class scheduled at Driftless Folk School. There will be more information about that once their catalog is published.
I'm not sure what the future holds, but hopefully you'll see more of us in 2018. I would love to work with you. Let me know what I can do to share my skills and experience with your group.
These Plastic Clips Are Wonderful for Basket Weaving
I really purchased these clips for when I work on some of my quilting projects, but when I bought them I had not thought of them as a tool for basket weaving. However, yesterday I wanted to put some 1/2 inch rims on some smaller baskets that I was working on and I had remembered seeing ladies from my basket guild using the quilting clips in their weaving.
Clothespins work fine, but the spring clothespins we have now days are not that great for holding things together. In fact when I do rims I usually tentatively pin with clothespins but then put in cable ties to hold the rim. I've had many a clothespin take off across the room, or ended up with two pieces in my hand when a clothespin didn't hold.
I wanted my rimming job to go smoothly and I happened to think about those clips in my sewing drawer. Why not? There are 100 in a package and if I break one, it will be no huge loss. These were my thoughts at least. If it doesn't work, I'll just use some other clips, clothespins and my trusted cable ties.
I was surprised at how strong these were. I had used them for one small binding project, so I knew they had a strong grip. The larger size from the pack fit perfectly over my 1/2 inch flat oval reed and even over the top of inside and outside rim together. I didn't even use any cable ties!
So there you have it. I don't usually recommend a product unless I stand by it's use. These are a must in my toolkit from now on.
What are your favorite clips for basket weaving? I would love to hear your comments!
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I'm in the process of updating the files in the "Free Basketry Patterns" section. My purpose in doing this was to fix a broken link that I discovered. But then the perfectionist in me took over and I wanted to take some of the patterns and give them a little more uniform look. I also wanted them to open up in a new window in PDF for faster and smoother download.
So far I have finished the "Little Kitchen Helper" broken link, did a little update on the "Grab a Snack" (nothing to noticeable really) and reformatted and did some updates on the "Merry Christmas Mini Wall Basket".
I hope that these will all work a bit better and be a little more readable now. I have a bit of work to do yet. There are a couple patterns/tutorials on the old Blogspot blog, and I hope to get those finished and in the new format soon, perhaps with some new photos as well.
Please feel free to leave comments or questions. I'm always willing to help out if you have them. Thanks so much and hope to see you soon!
It's back to school here for our youngest and it seems strange that I only have one kid to drop off at school these days. The dog was certainly on his toes, as he knew that back pack time must mean car ride time and he was right out the door with us.
Please see the events and classes schedule to keep up to date where we will be next.
September 17 - Markesan Heritage Days. Demonstrations, hands on project, baskets for sale
September 22 - Fall Living History Days Education Day at Marsh Haven Nature Center
September 23 - Driftless Folk School, Weave a Cracker/Snack Basket. Neat basket with some Sea grass weaving
September 23 - A Night at Crusader Ballpark. This is Central Wisconsin Christian High School's Harvest Auction. For a number of years we have donated a gift basket in one of our handwoven baskets. This year will be a baseball themed basket. We'll post photos of that soon.
I just posted our September 2017 free pattern. I hope you enjoy this pattern. I always welcome your comments or questions. If you weave this pattern, please feel free to send a photo. I'd love to see your pictures.
Be sure to check back often. We have added a class for October at Higher Grounds. You can go to our Facebook page for more information about that class. There is also class information pending on a back pack class at Driftless Folk School on October 7th. Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you soon.
As always, we desire to serve our community by demonstrating and teaching. Please contact us if we can help out at your event.
I'm really excited about a new opportunity in our basket offerings as we now have baskets for sale at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. We have a couple of wonderful nesting basket sets there that would make awesome gifts as well as this square farmhouse basket.
Higher Grounds is a wonderful spot to go and have a coffee, snack or light lunch. It's a wonderful meet up with a friend place or simply grab something to go. There's always something fun going on too with classes and entertainment, farmers markets and more. You can tell I'm excited! Right?
I've also scheduled a class at Higher Grounds which will be held on two consecutive Monday nights in October. I will be posting more about that soon.
We will be back to more Tutorial Tuesdays soon. We've been vacationing with out daughter who was visiting from Washington for the past couple weeks.
We will have the August pattern up for a little while longer. Feel free to e-mail me a photo if you weave one of our patterns. I'd love to hear from you.
Thank you for choosing Attic Treasures Basketry. God Bless and have a lovely weekend.
One of my favorite take-along baskets is the market basket. If I make a run to the grocery store or farmers market, I grab my basket and it is roomy and sturdy enough to carry home the fresh ingredients for dinner. And do I ever get the compliments on the gorgeous basket. I don't mean to pat myself on the back here, but there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that it's handmade.
You can make your own market basket at our class at Driftless Folk School coming up soon. There is a beautiful campus there and the people at Driftless are very friendly. We almost hate to leave for home. Be sure and secure your spot for this class by registering online at the Driftless Folk School website today.
Today I've uploaded a new tutorial about packing. This is short and just introduces packing and the packing tool. If you're new to the basket weaving process, then you may want to take a look at this information.
I remember some of my first instructors who helped me along the way. If there was ANY daylight between the weavers, they encouraged me to get them packed down.
Good tools make a big difference. I don't expect anyone to jump right out and invest in all sort of tools, but a good packing tool is mighty helpful. I try to have one for each of my students or at least every two students in a larger class of beginners that I teach.
Here is the link, or you can find it in the menu bar above. I hope you find this information helpful. Feel free to download and keep it in a binder.
If you have questions or comments please drop me a line in the comment form. We would love to hear from you if you find this information helpful. You may also e-mail us. You can find that information in the contact information on this website. We would love to see your basket photos or hear about your projects.
Thanks for stopping by and we'll see you soon!