Bee Buzzing Market
Attic Treasures Basketry is always looking for new ways to get the word out in the community that we love beautifully woven baskets. Heck, if there is a basket of rolls on the table when we go out to dinner, my husband will ask if I'm going to examine it to see how it's made. Don't laugh. It's true!
Seriously though, I do my best to weave great baskets and each one is carefully handwoven in my Wisconsin home. My favorite basket to weave is the market basket and I have several right now that I'll be bringing to the Bee Buzzing Market at South & Main in Dalton, WI on June 10th. This is a new adventure for us. I've never done a market like this and I'm really excited about it.
Find out more about the Bee Buzzing Market and South & Main in Dalton on Facebook. While you're there be sure to stop by the Attic Treasures Basketry page to see what we're weaving and be sure to hit the "Like" button to see more of our posts. Thanks for stopping by today and we'll see you again soon.
Horicon Living History Days 2017
Good morning and welcome back to Attic Treasures Basketry. I had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend and I hope that you did as well. After church, we had a wonderful cookout with family. It was a gorgeous day to be outside and enjoy some sunshine! Later we were treated to a late dinner out my one of our daughters and her boyfriend. I really felt honored!
On Friday and Saturday I had the privilege of sharing my skills with the community at Horicon Living History Days at River Bend Park in Horicon, Wisconsin. I've been weaving at this event for several years and always have a great time. Fridays are open to schools so that the children have an opportunity to learn from all the crafts people and re-en-actors. In addition to weaving there are wool spinners, rope makers, blacksmiths and more.
Students that stopped by my station had the opportunity to help weave rows on some mini baskets that I set up earlier in the morning. I enjoy being able to provide a hands on project and answer questions about basket weaving
On Saturday I had a few more children stop by with parents and also worked on a large market basket as I visited with the folks touring the grounds. I have to finish the rims on most of these projects, but here is a sample of our work from the two days.
I couldn't thank my sweet hubby enough for all the hard work helping me to get ready for this event. Also the communities and the committees that host these events put a ton of work into them. Please support these events when they come to your community because they really do bring people in, build business and keep small town America a great place to visit. Time permitting I take requests for demonstrations at other events. Please use the contact form below.
Our next event will be South & Main in Dalton on June 10th. We'll have baskets for sale along with some other neat handmade items. I have a couple of nice sets of nesting baskets that are great for filling with gifts for weddings or bridal showers. There are also some patriotic theme baskets I"m sure you'll love. Visit us on Facebook for more information about this event.
Anyone who sells a product knows that shipping plays a very important role in the seller and buyer relationship. Not only does the package provide suitable protection for transit to another place, but the label provides tracking information that the both the seller and buyer can use to be sure the package arrives in a timely manner.
In addition, each and every basket that leaves my Wisconsin home, is personally packaged by me as carefully as I've spent weaving it. I do my best to provide a sturdy box, sufficient protective packaging material, a clear label, and enough tape to seal the package without being a hindrance to the person opening it.
I also like to add a few personal touches, and usually include a small handmade gift. For large orders this is sometimes a small basket woven from some of the bits and pieces from my shop. For other orders it may be a small item sewn on one of my vintage machines. Often times I add pretty seasonal stickers or cutouts on the outside of the box.
I want the customers I serve to know that I've taken extra care with their order and their package. Income from Attic Treasures Basketry helps us to serve the surrounding community by providing classes and educational programs that promote basketry as an art and tradition. We hope to continue our presentations and serving YOU the customer with a well made product that also arrives in a safe and timely manner. We care about our customers and want you to know that we do.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Yesterday I was putting the finishing touches on this little front porch basket, and was trying to decide what I wanted to use for a finish. Recently I had an inquiry for a white wash finish and I thought I'd try a little Dixie Belle Paint that I had in my crafting stash. I pulled out the white wash glaze and mixed it with a little water and brushed it on my basket with an inexpensive paint brush. Oh yeah! Perfect stuff.
I was really pleased with how well this product soaked in without being clumpy. I've tried spray paints and acrylics before and was never totally happy with them. I also like the fact that there is no smell and the clean up is super easy. I'm not getting paid to advertise this, but no doubt I'll be returning to Dixie Belle for sure.
Be sure and check out my events page. We'll be at Horicon Living History days on May 12th and 13th where I'll be demonstrating basket weaving and will have some items for sale. I'm also planning on having a few things that I've sewn on the Singer Treadle we restored this year. Hope you'll visit us at Horicon Living History Days.
Have a blessed day!
It is a cold, cloudy day today and a great day to weave baskets. Actually, any day is a good day to weave baskets, but weaving always seems to lift my spirits.
This morning I finished a guild project from our spring weave. All I needed to do was to finish the rim, not one of my favorite things to do. The diamond weave basket pattern with space dyed reed was taught by Marla Sunstrom. Guilds are a great way to learn new skills and meet new friends. For a list of basketry guilds in the United States look online for the National Basketry Organization or click on this link for a listing.
My second basket incorporated some wicker techniques from Contemporary Wicker Basketry by Flo Hoppe. I used my left over space dyed reed from the diamond weave basket to make a little colored stripe on the sides. I love the interwoven base on this basket and each one I make gets a little easier. I plan to take it to some of my summer historical demonstrations.
I spent some time working on the website today, making it a little more user friendly and updating my teaching and demonstrating schedule. Our next scheduled event is Horicon Living History Days in May. This is a wonderful event that has grown every year. Stop by the Events page for more details.
Thanks for stopping by today. Hope to see you again soon.
I think spring finally came to Wisconsin, hopefully to stay. I was able to get out into the sunshine a little yesterday which made me very happy, Truth be told, I think my dog was smiling too!
I also felt motivated to work on a new skill, one that took an amazing amount of concentration. I'm no athlete, but I found this quote by Babe Didrikson Zaharias to be fitting.
When I set out to weave this basket, I was a little bit concerned. I had tried this basket once before and it was a complete flop, so I maybe set my expectation a little lower. I've found however, that once is certainly not enough to learn a new skill, so I pulled out my copy of Splint Woven Basketry by Robin Taylor Daugherty. "Be sure the B stakes are on top the C stakes" and then it told me that I was to weave the A stakes across going under the C stakes and over the B stakes. It seemed like so much to try and get right and remember. All the while I was trying to keep all these little hexagons even and shaped correctly. I feel like the book explains it quite well, but it's one basket that is very challenging.
Well, I stuck with it and kept checking if my A's and B's and C's were in the right places. In the end I was pleasantly surprised. I think I have it right! Now I'm ready to try it again. Practice and concentration and more practice.
Thanks for joining me today and keep practicing!
It's going to be a weaving weekend this weekend with Driftless Folk School where we will be teaching the Adirondack Pack Basket class. I'm very excited about this opportunity and looking forward to meeting new people and weaving with them. If you missed this class offering, but are still interested in basket weaving, I have two upcoming classes at Driftless, one scheduled for August and one scheduled for September. The times and details are yet to be announced, but will be in their new catalog which will be out soon.
If your organization would like to host a weaving event, please contact me for details. I have many beginner to intermediate projects that I can teach.
I've added a new basket to the Etsy shop this week. New on Etsy this week is this knitting basket which could also be used for many other purposes. Decorate it with burlap or fabric flowers for a spring embellishment. Add a flower arrangement. So many creative choices!
Have a great week and see you next time!