Sunday, July 15, 2012

basket making

Yesterday I took the day off and went on a basket making course with a friend of mine.
Look what I made! Yes, me! I made that basket! All by my self! Oh my goodness I am so proud of it.
I had the most wonderful day. My friend drove us over in the morning and the workshop itself was held in a huge poly tunnel filled with flowers and raspberries and hay bales :-)


 I was so excited I had to try hard not to giggle! It was really fun learning a new craft and something so different to what I usually make. I loved the feel of the willow and the colours and wow the shape and movement once we got weaving.







 The weather was really funny, raining one minute and roasting hot the next so we kept moving in and out of the tunnel like some kind of dance :-)




 We stopped for lunch for an hour and feasted like kings.

 We were a small group, my friend and I and 2 other really lovely ladies, the weaver and her daughter who was helping out. We could really relax and talk openly, we talked about life and work, yoga and meditation, health foods, gardening and crystals. It was simply heaven (especially as no-one interrupted me wanting their nappy changed or nose wiped).
 After lunch we got straight back to work








 I got quite a headache by 5pm, but I was soothed and helped with tea, cake and lavender oil and kind advise about releasing tension and breathing, but I got my basket finished :-)


 It is so beautiful and I will certainly be seen flouncing around the shops with it :-)
 I will also treasure the memory of such a gorgeous day spent with such lovely women folk :-)

29 comments:

  1. That is wonderful! Baskets are definitely on my 'learn to make' list.

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    1. oh Julie, do give it ago, it was so lovely to do and something I will use all the time :-)

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  2. Wow, that's really beautiful and the day sounds like my idea of heaven :)
    (with a family to go home to at the end of course!)

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    1. it was Jane, heaven pure and simple :-)

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  3. Oh Laura, it's wonderful! How lucky you are to have been able to do this workshop. :) Also, my gosh I need to move to Ireland- I am so moved by your photos every single time- can you house 6 more people at your place? ;)

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    1. I can Mel, come on over :-) not sure about the hens though lol :-) I am so so lucky, I loved this so much :-)

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  4. What a wonderful day! And such a fine and useful reminder of the experience. I've never considered basket weaving, but I'll surely remember yours if I ever have the chance. Great seeing you, I'm visiting from KCCO this week.

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    1. i hope you do get the chance, it is so rewarding :-)

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  5. Very impressed, and what a nice space to relax and create!

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    1. it was so lovely, thanks for stopping by :-)

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  6. So lovely! Thank you for the photos, I have had a bunch of basket supplies in my basement for a year, and you've inspired me to do something about that :)

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    1. oh wow jess, I might pop over and help you out ;-p i had a ball making it, have fun :-)

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  7. So beautiful!! I really want to try basket making, I'm so impressed that you made that so quickly! You live in such a beautiful place!!

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    1. i know i didn't imagine I would be able to do something that big that quickly, but I seemed to find a rhythm. I do live in a beautiful place thanks :-)

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  8. Beautiful basket. I love those kinds of days, spent in great company learning a new skill.

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    1. hi, I am still feeling kind of nostalgic for the day, it was very special

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  9. Oh my goodness that is one beautiful basket. My Grandma used to make baskets and I am lucky enough to own and cherish several of them.

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    1. wow, I wonder if mine will last that long, i do hope so :-)

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  10. Wow! Just stumbled across your lovely blog! Basket look amazing, would love to do something like that sometime!
    Bridget

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    1. hello bridget, nice to meet you :-) perhaps there is a local class? really worth it :-)

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  11. That is incredible! I have always wanted to try basket weaving, and you jut inspired me.

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  12. So cool I want to learn to make baskets so bad...your post makes it look easier then I thought!!

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    1. hi fairy, once you find the rhythm it is easy enough, I found the teacher great and that really helped :-)

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  13. This looks so dreamy! And your basket is gorgeous. This is something I've been wanting to try too- just need to find a group of women, childcare and a pretty polytunnel and we'll be set!
    xoxo Taisa

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    1. ...such a short list of things you need to find to get weaving lol!

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  14. Great photos as always, where did you do the basket making it looks fantastic

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    1. hi Tigger it was a Manch, there is a link on the blog post, it was brilliant and the lady doing it Karen will happily teach more classes, she was brilliant :-) x x

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  15. You are right to be proud of that, it's fantastic! I would love to learn basketry, what a practical and beautiful craft to know :)

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