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,
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Today's video I talk a little about reed. It is the background I like to teach before actually beginning weaving. This video runs about 4 minutes. Also, I'm not looking down my nose at anyone in the video, it is just that I wear bifocals. There is a point in the video where I bring the reed close to my face and I have to look at it through the lower part of my glasses to see it. It looks like I've turned up my nose! I'll watch that in the future, I promise.
I may need some help here with those of you who have done video before. For some reason, the sound and the video are off a bit. Kind of annoying to me. If any of you have done videos and up-loaded them onto YouTube, I would be grateful for some tips. Also, I see some blogs where the YouTube screen is directly here on the blog rather than this blogger screen you see above in my video. I'm wondering how you do that as well. As long as I'm asking questions, how do people put so many photos up on one blog post? How do some of you do photo collages? Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for any and all tips.
Blessings and Happy Weaving,
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Thou shalt never weave with dry reed, lest thy reed break; nor soggy reed, lest it turn hairy.
Thou shalt not overlap weavers on corners; too much corner thickness a clumsy basket makes.
Thous shalt identify the smooth and rough sides of each piece of reed and place the rough surface inside the basket.
Thou shalt inspect thy kit and be sure they weavers and thy stakes are correctly identified.
Thou shalt remember that the position of the spokes determines the shape of the basket; spokes, like infants, take constant care and attention.
Thou shalt read thy pattern completely before beginning.
Thou shalt obtain and use sharp pointed tools for cutting; sewing scissors are for cutting fabric.
Thou shalt not become easily discouraged; keep practicing.
Thou shalt pack down before turning down.
Thou shalt cut thy longest lengths of reed first, lest thou come up short.
Thou shalt cut one entire length of reed before starting another; this preventeth waste.
Thou shalt always buy patterns with colored pictures, or if without color photos, then from their creator or a shop that guarantee-eth the authenticity of the pattern, lest thou purchase bootleg patters, which are stolen property.
Thou shalt not store neither thy reed nor they baskets in plastic bags, except for brief periods, lest such become mildewed. Likewise, leave them not outdoors at night, lest the dew fall on them and mildew bloom.
Whenever possible, thou shalt mark thy tools with thine own name, lest they become lost.
Thou shalt always remember an experienced weaver is just a phone call or e-mail message away. Ask for help.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Some fun heart shaped baskets for Valentine's day
Friday, February 13, 2009
I am excited to bring you my very first video that I put up on YouTube. Please contain your excitement because it isn't anything fancy. It is more of a practice run for me in trying out my web cam. I actually made this video several weeks ago, but couldn't figure out how to upload it to YouTube. I'm learning so much about the computer here. My sweet hubby Mike got it uploaded for me so I hope my next attempt goes much smoother.
My plan is to periodically offer instructional videos on basket weaving, or anything else I find interesting and worthy to watch. I love weaving and I feel it is something many people would enjoy, but most people are not exposed to the art of basket weaving. Part of this is because supplies and instructors are not readily available. I hope to be able to demonstrate via my web cam how to weave a basket so if you don't have an instructor nearby, you can learn from my videos. I hope my enthusiasm for weaving will come across in these videos and I will hope you give it a try. My wish is that you enjoy it so much you do search out a weaving teacher in your area to increase your knowledge. For now, the videos will be geared toward the novice with no weaving experience. I do know my lighting is not ideal in this video. I'm working on that, and again this web camming is a new experience for me so have patience please with my budget quality ie. "free videos" and please be kind with your comments.
Here is my short introduction video.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Here is the list:
Coffee filters ..who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing.
1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
2. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.
3. Protect ChinaSeparate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish.
4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter toprevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.
13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them.Soaks out all the grease.
14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Baskets of Blessings,
Monday, February 9, 2009
I just thought I'd share some photos from yesterday's craft show. The top is of me at my booth.
Here is my sweet friend and scrapbooking buddy Mary. Mary is the one who informed me about the craft show. She was selling the C-O-O-L-E-S-T pins and earrings along with a few other items. I wish I would have gotten a close-up of her jewelry which was selling as she had jewelry for every holiday and season and to go with any occasion. Let me tell you, her booth was popular!
It was an enjoyable day and before I forget, I must shout out a big "THANK YOU" to my friends who came to the show. You gals are terrific. Also, to my new friends who stopped by my booth interested in my classes, I look forward to seeing you soon.
Have a great Monday everyone and Happy Weaving!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
When I first started basket weaving, fall 1994, I asked my instructor what book she would recommend for learning more about basket weaving. She recommended without hesitation Splint Woven Basketry by Robin Taylor Daugherty. I immediately went out and got it and for quite a long time it was my basket weaving Bible. Still to this day, I refer to it for tips and advice.
My copy was published in 1986 but it was reprinted in 1999. The review I give you comes from my 1986 copy, but I would have to believe that the 1999 edition is just as valuable if not more so.
Splint Woven Basketry is a perfect book for the novice as well as advanced weaver. The photos and drawings are well done and very descriptive. It is easy to follow along while weaving just through the use of the many photos.
Chapters include: Getting Ready, Ribbed Baskets, Plaited Baskets, Spoked Baskets and Finishing Touches.
The book mainly includes patterns made from reed. There are no coiled or pine needle baskets. Robin includes a very nice variety of approximately 30 patterns and one is even of a doll cradle. Her directions are straightforward and she even has historical notes to explain each style of basket. The difficulty of the patterns range from beginner to advanced.
Though the book is not new, it is timeless and continues to be inspirational to me when designing my baskets. It is certainly the one that first comes to mind when I have students asking about books.
This book is found in many public libraries so if you have trouble getting it at your local bookstore, be sure to check the library for a copy.
It is a softback book and contains 160 pages. ISBN 0-934026-22-x