Posts Tagged ‘Basket Weaving’


Knitting, Crochet and Basketmaking

February 28, 2011

After a truly long and exhausting working week in Sydney last week – I was pleased to be back for a well earned rest (and my own bed) on Wednesday night. I am now almost back to myself. However, on Saturday, all exhaustion was forgotten when my sister-in-law and I went to a basket making class at Holmesglen TAFE in Melbourne. I have to admit, I found it quite challenging but fun at the same time – and I was so inspired by the work of our class teacher Jill Taylor. We were taught to make our own “string” which is twisted fibre from all sorts of botanical ingredients mixed with yarn, feathers and other bits and pieces. With our string we then proceeded to each make a small “basket” (or in the case of some students “baskets”) – finishing off with other fibres such as raffia or yarn as needed to complete the project. I am not sure that basket making will become a “must do” project for me, but I really enjoyed the day – and there were some very clever interpretations.

While in Sydney however, I visited the Morris and Sons yarn store in York Street. I had heard about this store and wanted to take a look, and, because I hadn’t taken any knitting with me to Sydney, I was feeling like I needed a yarn “fix”. I was so entranced by the Sydney store, that I decided to visit the Melbourne Store in Collins Street on the weekend. WOW! Absolutely worth a visit. Some really beautiful yarns that I have not seen before… including the Morris yarn range and some gorgeous hand dyed yarns.  They also had some great knitting paraphernalia, ideas, patterns and many, many books.  In the immortal words of Arnie Schwarznegger : I’ll be back.


Basket Weaving

February 12, 2011

My sister in law Margaret and I are about to embark on a basket weaving class.  I had been inspired some years previously when I bought a book – Three Dimensional Embroidery by Janet Edmonds which features THE most inspiring images and techniques for creating gorgeous three dimensional pieces (including thee most amazing vessels woven from wrapped cord).

Janet Edmonds Woven Vessel

I had the tiniest little play using techniques from the book but then life intervened (as it does).  And then last year, I saw the Basket Makers of Victoria at the Bendigo Wool & Sheep Show. Some of the baskets on display were just drop dead gorgeous and I really loved just how wonderfully creative and rustic they were.  I had a fair chat to the ladies who were working the show and they convinced me that it really wasn’t that difficult and I thought again that I’d really like to try my hand but reality kicked in a I thought “who was I kidding” – I really just don’t have time (or space for that matter) for another craft so I left it alone.  But now Margaret has rekindled my interest.  She’s been talking about doing a class for some time and I couldn’t let her do it alone now could I? So we have booked in to do a beginners basket making course at Holmesglen Tafe in Melbourne.

If you fancy yourself doing a basket making class – why not join us.  I am sure it will be so much fun and I am sure we will all be sitting under the trees weaving away in no time.