May Your Life Be Like A Basket...Useful...Bountiful...Beautiful...

Basketmaster's Weavings is about my passions, much of which revolves around basket weaving. I weave with reed and I love teaching others to weave. Many of the patterns and styles that I show in the blog are geared to the beginning weaver, or even the brand new weaver. If you have been thinking about wanting to learn to weave, then this blog is for you. Throughout the blog and videos I take you step by step through each and every process of weaving. I want you to be successful in weaving the very first time you try. For the intermediate and advanced weaver, my wish is that you take ideas that I show, mix them up a bit, and incorporate them into your own beautiful creations.

Happy Weaving and Baskets of Blessings to all my visitors,

Nancy

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Monday, December 29, 2008

January 2009 Newsletter--Valentine Basket Class


Basketmaster’s Weavings
January 2009 Newsletter, Issue 3

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!!! I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas and that you are perhaps still getting to enjoy a few days off until January and enjoying having the children home for their Christmas break. We made gingerbread houses, cookies and too many candies. Most importantly we got to spend a beautiful Christmas Eve with family and at a church service in the Phoenix area with Mike’s parents. Surprisingly it was unseasonably cold for Phoenix at this time of the year.

Are you planning your New Year’s Resolutions or goals? My goal or resolution this year is, “Keep ahead of the game.” It is similar to the scout motto, “Be Prepared.” I want to keep ahead of the game in all areas of my life with everything from basket weaving to menu planning, to planning for holidays, vacations, and school activities. I don’t like having my day planned out and discover at the last minute that I need an ingredient from the store to make the evening meal or that my children need something at the last minute to finish a project that is ‘due tomorrow’. I know I won’t achieve this 100% of the time, but this is something I am striving towards. The ultimate goal from doing this is to help promote “Peace In Our Home.”

So, in preparation for Valentine’s Day, the January kit of the month is a round Valentine basket. This is a great basket to fill with cookies or chocolates to give to your special Valentine. The curls on the front are made from reed and we will be making those in class as well. Your color choices will be pink or red. When signing up for class this month, be sure to indicate if you want a pink or red basket. The picture above is in red. This is a beginner basket so no weaving experience is necessary. Cost of the class is $25 and this includes all weaving material needed to weave one basket. Additional kits are $10 and again you have your choice of pink or red colors.

As always, I’m not someone who likes to send attachments with my e-mails so please look at my blog to view the picture of this basket. The link to my blog is below. Just click on it.
January Class Schedule and Kit of the Month

The approximate finished size is 8” in diameter and 4” high.
Class Dates and Times
Saturday, January 3, 9:30 am– 1:00 pm
Friday, January 9, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, January 16, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thursday, January 22, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Again, I provide all the weaving material. What you need to bring are the following:
Tape measure
Dish pan or large bucket to hold water
Old kitchen scissors
Old bath towel
A dozen or so spring type clothespins
A small flat blade screw driver
A great attitude and a smile on your face ;- )
Please wear old clothing to class

Class size is limited. Please call or e-mail me early so I may reserve your spot. Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. I will form a waiting list as needed. At this time, all classes are held in my home in Cabezon, 5 minutes west of St. Thomas Aquinas church. I will send all students specific directions.

Question of the month:
Nancy, You weave with a material called Reed. What is it and where does it come from?
Answer: Reed is in the bamboo family. It is grown in tropical rain forests in coils on the ground. I have read where it can grow up to three feet in one day! It is harvested and stripped of its bark. The bark is called Cane and cane may be a more familiar product to you as it is used in making seats for stools and in other items. The inner portion of the plant is reed. Once the cane is stripped from the outside it is processed into different sizes and shapes that we use in weaving.

Please always remember, that if I’ve failed to mention something in this newsletter that you have a question about, just call or send me an e-mail and I’ll get right back to you with an answer. As I told you last month, I love weaving and I look forward to sharing my joy and enthusiasm of it with you. Here is my contact information:

e-mail: basketmaster_nancy@yahoo.com
blog: http://basketmasterweavings.blogspot.com/

Again, Happy New Year and I hope some of your resolutions this year are to spend some time relaxing, learning and being productive. All of which can be accomplished with basket weaving!

Baskets of Blessings!

Nancy

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas


Dear Weavers,


As Christmas has been fast approaching it is now time for me to devote my full attention to family, friends and all the activities surrounding the true reason for the season. I will be putting my January newsletter on the blog sometime between Christmas and New Years so be sure to look for it then. You can always subscribe to my blog by clicking on the RSS feed link on the sidebar here and will then get automatic notifications when I update my blog.
Just like Christ came to us on earth I pray that he has come to all of your hearts and that you are experiencing his unending love to share with everyone. I wish you a very blessed Merry Christmas.
Love,
Nancy






Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Technique/Tip Tuesday--Take Care of our Hands

My hands can get so dry this time of year and having them in reed water does not help. Here is a simple tip to help keep our basket weaving hands soft. When you put water in your bucket to soak your reed, just put a small squirt of inexpensive hair conditioner into the water and swish it around. When I say a small squirt, I mean about a marble size amount of conditioner to about 2 gallons of water. I keep a sample size bottle of hair conditioner in with my basket weaving tools at all time. This will not hurt the reed and will help keep your hands pretty during the holidays and throughout the winter season.
Happy Weaving!
Love,
Nancy

Friday, December 12, 2008

Victorian Christmas Sleigh


I love this basket. Don't I say that about all my baskets? The title of this pattern is "Victorian Christmas Sleigh". It is an advanced basket that I wove from a pattern written by Mary Skillings. I even taught this as a class several years ago to students who had been weaving with me for a while. The runners are #7 round reed. The jingle bells on the loops add a sweet touch to ring in that Santa is coming. This year I have it sitting up above my kitchen cabinets and it just makes me smile every time I see it.

Enjoy!

Love,

Nancy

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kelly McCausey and Mom Masterminds -- Thank You!!!


Dear Friends,
Merry Christmas Greetings to all of you! I received a wonderful Christmas present yesterday and want to share my news.
As you know from listening to me that I've been focused and dedicated on taking my basket weaving business to the next level. Honestly, when people think of basket weaving, I want people to think of me along with other great weavers such as Grace Kabel. To achieve this I need to learn and do many things such as write a book, market basket weaving, learn about advertising and so forth. With a background as a registered nurse, all details regarding business and publishing are new to me and I am learning. I've taken some small business courses, reading everything I can get my hands on and have listened to some great podcasts. One of my very favorite podcasts and website is http://www.wahmtalkradio.com/
This is run by Kelly McCausey who is honest, good natured and as kind as they come. Now if it sounds familiar to you, it is because I've mentioned her before as I was a guest on podcast #245.
She has seriously taught, inspired and motivated me to move forward with my venture, my dream. I have a huge thank you that I am sending her way because she is out there gifting work at home moms some incredible things that they need to help their businesses. She just put it out there and asked what we all wanted. It was completely open ended. Everyone had different needs so her list was a mile long, but she used her resources and to my knowledge has basically been able to get each mom what she asked for. Honestly, I'm not one to ask for gifts, but I did put it out there that I would like a year subscription to her Mom Mastermind website. http://www.mommasterminds.com/ I've heard such great things about this site that it is FULL of information for the work at home mommy. Well, not only did she give me a year subscription, she gave me a LIFETIME subscription. Can you believe that? My jaw dropped when I saw that. I've had a chance to spend a little time around the site and yes it is full of information that will help me on my business journey. So Kelly McCausey, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will never forget your kindness so baskets of blessings to you!
Love,
Nancy

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Technique/Tip Tuesday - Basket Weaving Tips


There are times when round reed needs to be bent and it can be very frustrating to have a piece of round reed snap in half. A simple solution to keep this from happening is to have in your tool kit a needle nose pliers. When needing a crisp bend in the round reed, pinch it with the pliers first and then bend the reed. This virtually eliminates the risk of the reed breaking. Of course it goes without saying, make sure your reed is plenty wet.

Baskets of Blessings,

Love,

Nancy

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mini Sleigh Basket


I made this basket over 10 years ago and love this little pattern. The pattern came from the Farmer's Wives. http://www.farmerswivesbaskets.com/index.html It was from the Farmer's Wives that I purchased the little wooden base with predrilled holes. I was on their website today and no longer see the pattern which is too bad because I always thought it was awfully sweet. The stakes are made from #4 round and the sleigh runners are made from #6 round. The weaving is 11/64" flat and #2 round. This little basket is just right for holding some Christmas candy. It weaves up quick and easy and makes a great little gift.
Enjoy!
Nancy

Friday, December 5, 2008

Market Basket with Rewoven Border


This basket is made on a D handle and is finished off with a beautiful rewoven border. The strip in the middle is maple and has been embellished with rub-ons.

Enjoy and Blessings,

Nancy

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Berry Basket


A small round berry basket much like this one was my very first basket that I ever made. Here is a simple one I made to teach the boy scouts.
Love,
Nancy

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Basket Cruise News

Yesterday I ran across some fun information that I wanted to share with all of you. In 2010 there is going to be a basket weaving cruise! Some of the instructors teaching on board are favorite weavers of mine. I must confess, I wish I was one of the instructors teaching. Maybe someday I will be famous enough to be asked to do so. Anyway, here is the information link where you can check out all the details.
Enjoy!
Nancy

Monday, December 1, 2008

December Newsletter

Basketmaster’s Weavings
December 2008 Newsletter, Issue 2

Dear Friends,

An early Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The holidays are in full swing with colder weather and Christmas music in the air. Have you finished your shopping for the season? Are you looking for just the right gift? How about something homemade from your very own hands. December’s kit of the month is a Mini Market Basket. This basket is just the right size to hold 6 mini muffins or 2 extra large muffins. It is also perfect for holding a coffee mug and a bag of gourmet coffee. You will have several choices of colors to use when weaving this basket so you may design it to coordinate in any room of the house. This is a beginner basket so no weaving experience is necessary. Cost of the class is $25 and this includes all weaving material needed to weave one basket. Additional kits are $10 and again you have your choice of colors.

I’ve heard from several of you who were unable to attend any of the November classes yet still wanted to make the November kit of the month gift basket. For this month, you will have a choice of baskets that you may make at any of the class times. Just let me know when you sign up if you wish to make the November kit or the December kit. Prices are the same.

I’m not someone who likes to send attachments with my e-mails so please look at my blog to view the picture of this basket. You can scroll back through the blog to see the November basket as well.

December Class Schedule and Kit of the Month
The approximate finished size is 4” x 6” x 6” high.

Class Dates and Times
Friday, December 5, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sunday, December 7, 9:00 am – 12: 30 pm
Friday, December 12, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Again, I provide all the weaving material. What you need to bring are the following:
Tape measure
Dish pan or large bucket to hold water
Old kitchen scissors
Old bath towel
A dozen or so spring type clothespins
A small flat blade screw driver
A scrap of fine grade sand paper
A great attitude and a smile on your face ;- )
Please wear old clothing to class

Class size is limited. Please call or e-mail me early so I may reserve your spot. Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. I will form a waiting list as needed. At this time, all classes are held in my home in Cabezon, 5 minutes west of the church. I will send all students specific directions.

Question of the month:
Nancy, I would like to weave a large basket like some that I’ve seen in your home and on your blog. When will you teach a class for a big basket?
Answer: Great question because I love weaving larger baskets. Here is the thing. Bigger baskets take longer to weave. They can also be more difficult to manage and shape. 95% of my current students are brand new to weaving. I personally feel that new weavers need to weave a handful of easier baskets before moving on. That said, everyone advances at their own pace and I would never want to discourage anyone from stretching their wings and trying something a bit more difficult. At this time, my plans are to offer something more challenging and larger come February or March along with a different beginner basket. You will, at that time, have a choice of two or even three baskets to weave during class. Students desiring to advance in their skills should feel comfortable in the basic basket weaving techniques that are taught in beginner level baskets before moving on to something more challenging.

Please always remember, that if I’ve failed to mention something in this newsletter that you have a question about, just call or send me an e-mail and I’ll get right back to you with an answer. As I told you last month, I love weaving and I look forward to sharing my joy and enthusiasm of it with you. Here is my contact information:
e-mail: basketmaster_nancy@yahoo.com
blog: http://basketmasterweavings.blogspot.com/

May you use this season to bless others and in return have baskets of blessings,
Nancy

Grab a cup of coffee and take time to enjoy some posts from the past