What do you do on a hot day in July? Expand your world, challenge yourself, take a basket class. This is the bottom of the basket. The test was to weave the basket tight enough so an M & M could be contained inside the basket.
Standing the basket.
Our teacher, who was wonderful, shared that weaving the first three rows of the basket was the most difficult part. She was right and she was right beside each of her students, encouraging, sharing tips, correct mistakes. The water bottle is to keep the reeds pliable so as not to break them. The fillers sticking out at the ends of the basket became a part of the basket called chicken feet. Over under, tighten the weave, keep those corners square.
Here is a sampling of some of the completed baskets. (Mine is the last basket on the left). The handle of the basket is a beautiful oak. The weaving at the top (x's) reminds me of needlework with its cross stitch.
It was a fun class and each and every student left with a completed basket. Am thinking of staining mine with some of the walnuts from our backyard.
Thank you Fran! You are an excellent teacher.