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!
Hello friends! We're back with the August Free basket pattern. This pattern is a simple little basket and is great for cookies or for a basket of crackers alongside some of our fine Wisconsin cheese. It would also make a fine little gift basket for some homemade canned goods. What do you think you would use it for? Feel free to post in the comments below.
I can't believe it's the end of July already. I've had lots of visits to the website and blog this month and I appreciate the support of all of you who have helped me to grow this site. I hope you had a chance to grab the July pattern and I look forward to offering you more baskets in the future. Thank you so much!
If you were with me last week, I did a short little tutorial on getting rid of those pencil marks in your handwoven basket. Today I have another tutorial for you, but I did it in a little bit different format. I've created a page in the menu bar for basket weaving tutorials. Each graphic on that page will take you to a PDF file. From there you can save them to your computer or even print them out to put in a binder and save for future reference.
Since I find myself working quite often with people new to basket weaving, I wanted to be able to have some of these things available to them. Now when they leave class, they can go back and review. Printing costs are high, so rather than longer handouts, I can add some extra details on the blog and we all save on both money and resources.
Today's tutorial is on weaving the locking row, and here's a little hint. Our free pattern for August uses this technique. You'll want to take a look! We will have that new pattern up on the website in the next couple of days. In the meantime you have a little more time to enjoy the July pattern.
Take care and we'll see you soon!
Center Pencil Marks
We all have them...pencil marks! They show up in the bottom of most newly woven baskets because we're told to put them there.
"Mark spoke centers on rough sides." ..... Right?
It wasn't until I'd been weaving for awhile, that I realized that those pencil marks we all make don't go away on their own. If we get a kit at a class, sometimes the stakes, spokes (whatever name you call them) are marked heavily all the way across. I remember staining a basket once, and then realizing that once I did that, I'd reached the point of NO RETURN on getting out the pencil marks.
I'm as guilty as anyone when it comes to instruction. We give instruction to make the marks and then leave the rest up to the new weaver to figure out on their own.
So this post is just to serve as a gentle reminder. First of all I don't make my pencil marks very dark, or all the way across my stake. I guess this is just a personal preference. You can do what works best for you, but just a small tic mark works.
Now since we've taken the time to weave a beautiful basket, we don't want one little thing to spoil it. Start out by getting rid of the pencil marks. The basket is already a little damp, so I take a terry cloth rag, and wet a corner of it. With the tip of my finger, I just rub until the pencil mark comes off. It doesn't take much effort. Voilà. No more pencil marks. Super simple and makes a huge difference.
That's it for today. I hope this Tuesday tip was helpful.
July is going by fast. Don't forget to get your free July pattern. If you made the July free pattern, I'd love to hear from you. I always welcome comments or suggestions. I've been working on the pattern sheet for August and I'll give a sneak peak next time. I've kept it simple for those that are fairly new to the weaving journey, but anyone can join in. We'll see you real soon.
New Free Basketry Pattern by Connie
I've put the finishing touches on the pattern for the Waste Basket or Home Decor Basket. This is a simple weave basket that can have a number of uses in your home. Use it under the desk or decorate with some seasonal flowers or greens. Here I've used a large coconut shell button that I purchased at a local craft store and decorated it with dried plants and reeds. This pattern will be available free on our website at this link for the rest of July. Enjoy weaving and stop by again soon! Go to the July Free pattern page for the link to this pattern.
Coming Next Week
This simple, yet lovely hand woven wastebasket has been a favorite of mine since I wove it a couple years ago, and I've taken it with me to some shows with some very positive feedback. Truth of it is, that in my home I actually use it for dried arrangements and it works perfect for that as well.
I'm working on a few details and photos so that you'll be able to enjoy weaving this pattern for use in your home. It will be a free pattern for a short time before it is released as our July Pattern. Since this is a holiday week, and we have a "working weekend" planned, look for a link early next week from our landing page.
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