Want to learn a new skill? How about basketry?
I promise. It's really not as hard as it may look! Connie has nearly 24 years of weaving experience, has woven hundreds of baskets and has been teaching on the local level for several years.
With its simple and minimalistic lines this basket is sure to be a great addition to any home. Decorate for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Use it for storage on an open shelf. Catch the mail. Fill it with gift basket items. You have lots of wonderful choices for this basket!
This basket is great for any level of weaver but is especially good for beginners and has an emphasis on laying a rectangular base, shaping corners and lashing on a sturdy rim. The handcrafted leather handles make this a beautiful as well as useful basket!
All levels of weavers are invited to attend this class but keep in mind that basket weaving requires manual dexterity and a moderate amount of strength. Young weavers welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for this class includes instruction and use of specialized tools. Registrations are limited and close on Nov. 1st. Hope to see you there! To register go to Driftless Folk School today.
Approximate finished measurements:
4+ inches deep
Working toward my goals as a more professional weaver and instructor is important to me so I actively seek opportunities to learn new skills. Twenty-four years ago I taught myself to weave using a library book for instruction and while it IS possible to be self taught, I've learned that I acquire skills much faster in and environment where someone who knows the skill can teach me and give me feedback as I learn by doing.
Basketry guild meetings have given me the opportunity to do just that. For example, I've had the booklet "FANCY HANDLES FOR Decorative Woven Baskets" for a long time. I've done some of the handle wraps, but really lacked the confidence to try some of them. Others I did try, but just didn't understand. With some basic instruction from at a guild meeting and now some practice, I'm hooked on the Double Strand Braided Handle.
Connecting with other weavers in a relaxed atmosphere to share skills and ideas has really been a tremendous help to my own growth. In addition it gives me a chance to connect with other weavers and enjoy this wonderful craft. For a partial listing of guilds organized by state go to the National Basketry Organization.
Have a great day and enjoy weaving!