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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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I am hurt and sad that someone broke into our truck while my girls had it at the mall. Katie is 16 and this is the very first time I've let her drive it to the mall without me. Our mall is a pretty direct shot from our house about 10 minutes away. (yes,I'm an over-protective mama). Katie went with Emily and they took some packages out to the truck, put them under the seat, and then went back in to shop. Katie calls later and says they are leaving the mall and will be home shortly. Then she calls 2 minutes later crying and upset. I was afraid she ran into something and thankfully she did not. Instead someone broke into the lock on the passenger's side and took all their packages and hubby's sunglasses. It's hurtful and it's sad and has led to some long discussions. Their packages totaled about $100. Those poor girls work long and hard hours babysitting and other odd jobs to earn their money. We filed a police report. What is so frustrating is I firmly believe in the golden rule. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." No one in my family would ever EVER steal from someone. In fact, we are just the opposite in giving to those in need. Katie quoted our priest from Sunday who was paraphrasing what Padre Pio said, "They don't believe in hell now, but they will when they get there." I told the children they need to pray for whoever broke into the truck that they find Jesus Christ and turn their lives around. Emily had a Bible diary in the truck that they found, no surprise, they left that in the seat. Sigh...
On a more positive note. I'm involved in something that I'm finding quite fun. It is a Mystery CAL (Crochet a-long). It is an internet group and the leader puts up several rows of crochet instructions that we do. I have no clue what we are making, but we have been informed that it is a garment. I kind of feel like I am doing a mystery basket weave along with my videos. You don't know what I have planned with the basket and how it will turn out until the end! It's a mystery! Anyway, it is fun. I just finished the sample swatch to learn our stitches the other day. I'm going to use the sample as a dishcloth. For the mystery project we are crocheting some long rows of this design.
May you all have a wonderful day and be treated by others with only kindness and goodness.
Monday, June 29, 2009
In this video I show you cutting and tucking of your spokes and how to form your handle. As always, if you want to see all my videos in order you may visit my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/basketmasternancy
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I want to show you the card my children made for Father's Day. It is called a candy bar card. I bought quite a few candy bars and packaged candy with names I thought we could use for the card. The three children worked together and this is what they came up with. Note, you can always cover up letters you don't need and add letters to the front or end of a candy bar name.
The other thing I wanted to tell you about is that over at FaveCrafts they have a free 68 page 4th of July e-book full of recipes and crafts. The crafts are really sweet and include sewing, painting, paper crafts and more. Sorry, no basket weaving but it is cute anyway. Here is the link to download it.
Happy crafting, weaving, cooking, or whatever else you are doing this weekend.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I've been in contact with award winning basket weaver Donna Sakamoto Crispin and do I have some exciting news for you. If you are in the Southwest in the next few of weeks, Donna is going to be having a week long workshop titled "Baskets From Nature" at the Ghost Ranch in Santa Fe! It will be a full schedule of information, learning, weaving and fun. All the information is given below.
The photo above is one of the projects that the advanced students will be working on. It's plaited western red cedar bark with waxed linen in full turn twining.
0714 Baskets from Nature[S9A73a]
Ghost Ranch in Santa Fe
July 14 - 20, 2009
Registration Fee: $775 (includes tuition, housing and most meals) / Commuter Fee: $450After May 15th: $875 / $550
Basketry techniques abound. Learn about growing, collecting, preparation, and weaving. Learn how to twine, plait, coil and make cordage. A variety of materials will be available, including sea grass, Japanese iris leaves, willow bark, day lily leaves, and more.
Make a six-to-seven inch wide twined basket with a combination of sea grass cord and natural materials from Donna’s garden. Learn beginning coiling, using waxed linen and fragrant Midwest sweet grass, gathered last fall.
You will also be introduced to western red cedar that Donna collects from the forest, and processes in the traditional way. We will twine and plait the red cedar strips to form a small basket that you can wear as a necklace. A twined border design in 2 colors of waxed linen threads will form the top 1/3rd of the basket. Experienced students can look forward to more advanced techniques.
Workshop days will be include trips to local museums and galleries to look at baskets. After this week, you will see baskets and plants in a different way.
Donna Sakamoto Crispin, Eugene, OR Donna has been making baskets and teaching basketweaving for 20 years to people of all ages, from 6 years old and up. She has won several awards and has shown her work all over the U.S. and in Japan. For more info, see http://www.donnasakamotocrispin.com/.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Frances, Thank you so much. I truly appreciate it.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Generally speaking, I prefer the children to be at least 13 years old. In working with the scouts, they are sometimes a year or two younger. If that is the case, I personally don't teach more than 4 young scouts at a time. If they are 13 or older, I will teach a class of 6 or 7. Children just need more help than an adult needs so I find it best to keep my class size smaller. My preference is for children to be 13 just because younger children might not have the hand dexterity to weave. Also, younger children just have a shorter attention span and can become easily frustrated if the basket is not coming together like they think it should.
I always start with the square basket. I find that twining can be a bit more confusing so with a square basket there is less twining. Usually what happens is that they will do a 'chase weave' with their round reed rather than twining. If the children, especially the younger ones, are happy with the chase weave, then I leave it and let them know they've done a different type of weaving which is just fine and let them know what a great job they did with the chase weave. If it is caught quickly, I gently correct the mistake and show them proper twining technique.
I have them cut their spokes and stakes from 5/8" flat. Since it is wider, they can weave a bigger basket in a shorter amount of time. I keep the weavers at 3/8" flat except for the rim row being 1/4" flat.
I keep the baskets small. For the square basket, they cut 10 stakes. 5 are horizontal and the other 5 woven in vertically. For the round basket, we cut only 5 spokes.
I like a woven rim and think that is important to teach this. For the outside of the rim I use 3/8" flat/oval and for the inside of the rim I use 3/8" flat. Normally I would always use flat/oval on both the inside and outside of the rim, but that gets thick and harder to manage. It is much easier for children to use flat reed on the inside. You could use flat reed on the outside of the basket as well, but again, I just don't care for the look and I want the children to be happy with their basket.
When lashing the rim in place we only go around the basket one time. We cut a lasher that measures 2 1/2 times around the basket so we are sure to have plenty yet it is not so much that it is difficult to manage.
I always encourage the use of plenty of clothespins as they are our extra helping hands.
I always give lots of praise so that no matter what their basket looks like, those kids think they created a masterpiece. I encourage their scout leader to take pictures of the children with their basket. I also talk to the children about what they are going to use their baskets for. If they don't know what to use it for, I let them know that their mother would just L-O-V-E it.
I have bright colors of dyed reed on hand and I let them pick what color or colors they would like to use.
I have snacks and drinks on hand. Basket weaving is hard work for these little ones and sometimes they need to step away from their project for just a bit. Allow three hours to teach just one of these simple baskets. Three hours is a long time for a child and they need a break. Depending on the ages of the children, if they are younger, consider breaking the class up over two days. What I find is that they children get impatient to finish the basket and then they start to get sloppy with their work. That's when it is time to take a break, have them run outside, or stop the class and continue it another day.
Never ever, EVER discourage a child. If they are struggling say, "You are doing a great job. I like how you did this or that with the basket, but would it be ok if I show you how to do this just a little better." Sometimes you even need to get behind the child and place your hands on the child's hands and show them exactly what you mean. What we say as adults and what children hear are two different things. We may think we are perfectly clear in our explanations, but to a child learning something new it is like we are speaking a foreign language. Many of the words we use in weaving are new to children so don't expect them to remember what the words mean right away.
Don't be afraid to teach children. I promise your heart will shine as you watch the expression on a child's face when they complete their first basket.
Baskets of Blessings,
Monday, June 22, 2009
In this video I show how to weave the sides of a round basket. Remember you can see this and view all my other videos in order so that you may weave along with me on my YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/basketmasternancy
Enjoy and Happy Weaving,
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Have a blessed Sunday,
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
In this video we continue to twine and we are adding four more spokes to our base. This video shows how we incorporate those spokes into our existing base.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
In this video we will be weaving a round berry basket with integrated handle. This video starts explaining the base and how to twine a round base. You can also view it, and my other videos on my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/basketmasternancy
I have to say one more thing. I know that the sound and the picture are not in sync with each other and it drives me nuts, but I have no clue what to do to prevent it. If any of you could tell me, I would be so appreciative. So for now, just look at my hands and the reed and not my mouth as you listen.
Enjoy and Happy Weaving.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Have you heard that over at Baskets of Joy they are having a "My Favorite Basket Ever" contest? You can e-mail Anna over there and enter a picture the most favorite basket you've ever woven. While you are there, be sure to pick up the free pattern of the month that they have. It is a really cute tote made with shaker tape handles and is called an "Errand Basket".
I think I have some shaker tape in my stash that I think will be just perfect for this basket. I'll have to dig out the shaker tape and I'll post a picture when I get it woven. Also, if you don't have all the supplies, you can get them at Baskets of Joy or they sell this kit for just $28. Super cute!
Now, how can I ever decide which is my favorite basket to enter? Don't I always tell you that all my baskets are my favorite? I'm guess I'm going to enter my lamp basket. Not only did I weave this, it is my own design. (FYI, yours doesn't need to be your own design though, just your favorite basket that you wove.) If you decide not to enter, would you be so kind to look over the baskets and if you think mine is the best, vote for me please? If you do enter, let me know because I want to see your basket! You have until July 1st to enter and the winner gets a $50 gift certificate to her store! That alone should motivate many of you to enter. I must say, there are already some really nice entries, but hey, somebody has got to win! Right? Also, wouldn't it be so cool if it were someone who reads my blog? If it's not me, I want it to be one of my blog friends here winning it because I've seen what amazing work some of you do!
Have a really great day today and spend some time outdoors weaving.
Enjoy the birds, enjoy the breeze and enjoy the moment.
Love and Blessings,
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
- 5/8" flat reed
- 3/8" flat reed
- 1/4" flat reed
- 11/64" flat reed
- 3/8" flat/oval reed
- #3 round reed
- Cut your stakes from 5/8" flat reed. Cut 5 stakes at 18" and cut 7 stakes at 15".
- Lay out the 18" stakes horizontally.
- Weave in the 7 remaining 15" stakes vertically doing a basic over-under weave. Base should measure 7" x 5" and everything should be centered up.
- Twine one row with #3 round reed as a keeper row.
- Upset the stakes.
- Using basic over-under weaving for the sides of the basket weave in the following order: Rows 1, 2, and 3 weave 3/8" flat. Rows 4, 5, and 6 weave 11/64" flat (I used dyed reed). Rows 7 and 8 weave 3/8" flat. Row 9 weave 1/4" flat.
- Cut your inside stakes and tuck in your outside stakes.
- Position a rim from 3/8" flat/oval reed on the inside and outside of your top row of weaving. Sandwich a piece of seagrass between the rim pieces.
- Lash rim in place with 11/64" flat reed.
- Trim or singe the hairs and embellish as desired.
I decided my basket would be a recipe basket to hold all the recipes that I tear out of magazines or the newspaper that I want to try. I decorated my little rolling pin with brown and white gingham ribbon and cut out the word "Recipe" using my Cricut cutter with the "Base Camp" cartridge. My rolling pin is wired to the basket.
I hope you enjoy this basket and give it a try, especially if you are new to weaving. If you are a new weaver, this basket is just for you! Follow along with the YouTube videos and it should be a snap. Please let me know when you have woven this or other baskets as I'd love to stop by your blog and see them!
Happy Weaving and Baskets of Blessings,
Monday, June 8, 2009
I haven't been weaving or crafting much lately so not much to write about. I thought I'd take a moment though to tell you "Thank You" for all your sweet comments that you leave me. Thanks for the anniversary wishes earlier this week and thanks for just taking time to read my blog. It means a lot to me to get to know all of you and I consider each of you my friend.
Love and Blessings,
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Next, I want to let you know that Pamela Zimmerman is having a giveaway on her blog Catching the Moon. Paula makes these intricate coiled horeshair baskets. You heard me right, a basket made from horsehair! I can't imagine working on something so tiny. The finished basket fits on her fingertip. Paula even has an Etsy shop HERE where you can see more of her baskets and work in fiber arts. Be sure to visit her blog and sign up for the giveaway and take some time to see her work.
Have a blessed Sunday.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
We stayed here...
And slept and ate here... (Our children, Emily, Timothy, and Katie)And visited here... I was skeptical about taking the time to do the Titanic museum, but it is a must see if you are in the area. You are given an identity of a Titanic passenger as you go through the museum and in the end, you learn if you survived. It was hands on and quite moving. This past week we watched the Titanic movie. The museum was great for both kids as well as adults.
Below is Katie and Emily with the saloon girls after watching their saloon follies show.
Tim being an assistant for a magician. He really got into the magic act.