Sunday, 27 April 2008

Basket Making Course

I have had a great day out today, learning the skill of Basket Making. Or rather, trying to do it, having fun, and needing another lesson to improve on what I learned! Here is the base made and the uprights in place.

My friend Nanny working on her basket. Nanny's husband is the Manager for Lluest Horse and Pony Trust http://www.lluesthorseandponytrust.org.uk/

We were fortunate that one of the Trustees and a friend of hers, who had both travelled from Gloucestershire, were Basket Making experts and shared their knowledge with us. The money raised by this course has gone towards the upkeep of the horses and ponies and it is planned that there will be future craft courses too. Whooppee!

This young lady (Karen I think is is) soon got the hang of things.

Mine with the sides loosely held in place. This willow ring kept slipping, so I ended up with a far more generously-proportioned basket than anyone else!

This is Nanny's stylish basket (got the Champers on chill yet Nanny?)

And this is my effort, decidedly on the wonk! It is big enough to hold my sewing bits and bobs for when I sit down of an evening, so I shan't complain. I hope there will be a follow-up course so I can improve next time.

6 comments:

hen said...

Fantastic basket, especially for a first go!!

Kelli said...

You did a wonderful job, Jennie! I like the colors of willow you used, very pretty! Now you will have to find something special to put inside of it!
~Kelli

MammyT said...

Looks like a fairly typical first basket to me! Mine is wonky too. I'll show it to you sometime.
Nancy

MrsL said...

Looking good - hard ont he hands, though isn't it? Just about to have a go with rushes here, hope it's a bit easier on the hands. Well done both, impressed. Watch out, though, it can get a bit addictive!!

Pixiedust said...

Great basket BB, look forward to seeing basket no2.

LBP said...

I think you did a marvelous job!

Blessings

Linda