Wednesday, January 1, 2020

My Best Nine of 2019

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Again almost half of my top posts are from my February class at the John C Campbell Folk School with JoAnn Kelly Catsos. And two of my most liked posts are of baskets by Alice Ogden, with my most popular post being one I shared of Alice's baskets via Martha Stewart's Instagram.

Best of Nine Key

Top Row, Left to Right:
- Alice Ogden 2019 Christmas Ornament - Bottom detail
- Baskets I made in the workshop I hosted for Eric Taylor
- Miniature white oak ribbed basket saved from the trash

Middle Row, Left to Right:
- Basket in process at workshop with JoAnn Kelly Catsos at the John C. Campbell Folk School
- Alice Ogden baskets reposted from Martha Stewart's Instagram
- Basket I wove during my workshop with JoAnn Kelly Catsos at the John C. Campbell Folk School

Bottom Row, Left to Right:
- The previous basket in process at workshop with JoAnn Kelly Catsos at the John C. Campbell Folk School
- The completed basket from the row above I wove during my workshop with JoAnn Kelly Catsos at the John C. Campbell Folk School
- The Nantucket basket I made for my father for Christmas this year.

Here’s to another creative year in 2020.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Alice Ogden 2019 Christmas Ornament - Bottom

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I should have included this pic of the bottom of the 2019 Alice Ogden ornament basket. It’s gorgeous on its own.

Alice Ogden 2019 Christmas Ornament

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2019 Christmas ornament basket from the very talented Alice Ogden. Merry Christmas, happy holidays and here’s to a wonderful 2020.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

My recent find.

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I recently found this lovely small antique white oak ribbed basket. I am going to have to get a larger house soon to display all of these, but I just can't resist these cute smallish baskets.

Monday, August 12, 2019

2019 JoAnn Kelly Catsos Workshop

 Please join us this fall in St. Louis, Missouri for an exciting workshop with JoAnn Kelly Catsos.

Thursday-Sunday, October 17-20, 2019
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1.5" diameter x 7.5" long
This unique project begins with a teleidoscope (like a kaleidoscope but with no moving parts). Using basketmaking techniques, you will weave with precisely prepared black ash splint of contrasting darker heartwood stakes and lighter sapwood weavers. The math behind different twill possibilities will be discussed to create your own one-of-a-kind teleidoscope.

Medium Lightning Bowlt
6" diam. x 2.5" deep

The lightning bowlt pattern on this bowl is striking due to the contrast between the stained brown stakes and the lighter black ash weavers. In a previous workshop we made the original 9.5" diameter version and a special mini 4.25", this time JoAnn has designed a special 6" version just for us to complement the set. If you haven’t made the other two let this one be your start.

6" diam. x approx. 6" tall
You will start weaving the vibrating zig-zag twill pattern on a 6" mushroom mold using stained stakes and lighter black ash weavers. Once you reach the top of the mold you will remove the basket and continue weaving free-form, shaping as you go. The basket will be finished off with hardwood rims and lashed with waxed linen.
Workshop fee for all three baskets

Class fees includes all materials, handouts and use of mold, weaving stand and tools.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Twill experience is required for this class and patience and attention to detail is helpful.

Instructor: JoAnn Kelly Catsos

Contact: Tony Stubblefield
if you would like to receive registration information

Sunday, July 28, 2019

A good day’s work

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A good day’s work. Now that all of the ribs are in it will just be weaving, weaving and more weaving.

While I used to almost exclusively make ribbed baskets, I really hadn't made any in the last 15 years as I was focused on Shaker- and Nantucket-style baskets. In preparation for my week-long class last year at the John C. Campbell Folk School I had to make new samples of the projects we would be doing. This totally rekindled my love of making ribbed baskets and I have really enjoyed getting back into that form.

I am very excited with how this rectangular ribbed basket is turning out.