Thursday, November 15, 2018

Another new place to sit

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Jinx has discovered my basket weaving room and that she can get on the table if she climbs up my leg, to my lap, to the table. She does like to chew on everything, including my weaving materials, so as cute as this picture is she is going to be banned without supervision from getting into things.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Old Basket/New Kitten

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So I got a new kitten last week. She is supper sweet and super chill, but is a little feisty when she wants to be. Besides quickly taking to my other cat and her new home, she has also taken to all of the baskets as well. She loves to sit in any of them that she can get too and apparently on top of, as this has become one of her favorite new places to sit. As long as she doesn't chew on anything I am perfectly fine with her getting into/on top of any of the baskets she wants. The Eric Taylor designed basket behind the one she is pictured sitting in is also one of her favorites. I am having to get after her though as she likes to bite on the handle and rim, which is a definite no-no. I'm never going to be able to keep her out of these, so I might as well train her that chewing on the baskets is definitely against house rules.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Book Binding

Book with Coptic Stitch Binding
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I took another fun class at Perennial last week, this time learning how to do Coptic binding. I have wanted to take this class for awhile now, but for various reasons the timing had never worked. It was surprisingly easier than I expected, but we weren't getting overly complicated with our stitch pattern. I look forward to trying another one.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Black and White Black Ash Basket

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I finally finished up this 9” diam. black ash basket that I started back in April. It was started in a mold than woven free-form for the last half. It features a quadrafoil pattern in the base as well as a rim of quadrafoil. I wasn't initially expecting to make the basket this tall, but after weaving up the base and pinning it to the mold I realized I had a lot of upright length if I wanted to play with it. Fortunately I did a pretty good job of centering my uprights otherwise I would have been screwed. As it was I used up every last bit of my stave/upright length. I literally had 1/16" left on a couple of them by the time I had the rim row woven in. I probably ended at a good point as there was just enough room left in between the uprights to fit my lasher through. If I had gone smaller at the rim I would have had to lash with waxed linen or found a narrower lasher.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Big Hands/Little Baskets

Miniature Black Ash Shaker Cathead Basket

Lashing a one inch black ash Shaker-style kittenhead basket during the JoAnn Kelly Catsos workshop I recently hosted.

All of a sudden my fingers are huge!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Interesting Basket

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I look at this basket every time I go to Artichoke Annie's antique mall outside of Columbia, MO. It is woven of some type of palm frond-type material instead of traditional white oak. The basket had double lids originally, but all that remains are hinge holes in the handle and metal loops on the rim, where there must have been closure hooks. It’s priced at around $300, so I’ve always passed. One of these days (if it is still there) I may break down and buy it.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Two-Tone Painted Basket

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I love this beautiful two-toned painted white oak basket. One of my Dad's pickers found in and thought I would want to add it to my collection. He was right!

This basket is a nice smallish size, maybe 13” L x 7” W x 13” H (without handle).

It is always hard to describe the relative size of a basket as there really aren't standard sizes to use as a basis. At first I was going to call this a "small basket", but that makes it sound like it is miniature or something you could hold in the palm of your hand. I think it is easier to describe baskets on either end of the size scale. I think most people would understand and picture the correct scale of a particular basket if you called it "miniature" or "big/large". Even though are still relative terms, but at least you know somebody is getting the gist of what you are try to describe. Now "medium" or "small" start getting into a really gray area. In comparison to a basket you would take to market, this basket is small, but in relative to a basket you would go pick blackberries in, this would be large. If you were comparing this to a basket you wanted to hold magazines, then it would be "medium". I honestly don't think I have cleared anything up here with my explanation...