We have another stunningly beautiful woven heart basket today. Can't you tell Valentine's Day is just around the corner?
I'd like to introduce you to Katherine and Steve Lewis from Dunbar Gardens located in the beautiful state of Washington. Katherine made this incredible heart shaped basket from their red willow and some buff willow. This basket is a traditional French form – a cheese tray in a heart shape and in French is "coeur a fromage".
Katherine is a willow basketmaker and has a small farm where she and her husband Steve grow much of the willow used in her baskets. Katherine started weaving baskets about 19 years ago and eventually chose willow as her material. After taking a few willow basketry classes with visiting European teachers here in the US, she traveled to the UK in 2004 and the UK and France in 2006 to take willow basketmaking courses and learn more about willow basketry. Katherine teaches classes as well as selling her baskets; while Steve grows the willow and sells cuttings for those who want to grow their own.
Along with finding them at Dunbar Gardens, you can also see some of their beautiful work on their blog, Willow Basketmaker.
Thanks Katherine and Steve for letting us see your beautiful basket and letting us know about your work and willow gardens. Katherine, your weaving is so pretty. I hope everyone reading this will take a moment to check out your sites.
Baskets of Blessings,