One of Good For Ewe's first customers (actually, my very first customer) is a little basket shop in Greenfield, Indiana with a yarn room. I've been telling the owner for about 2 years how I'm going to take a basket class...after I finish a few more projects. And then I was out there last week and she was dyeing some pastel reeds that were really talking to me. So I signed myself up. I also talked to my web-girl, Lauren, and signed her up too. So bright and early this morning I picked her up and we headed out to Greenfield.
I'm not sure why I had been putting it off- I guess I didn't realize what a fast project it was and didn't need yet another ongoing project. Margaret was a really great teacher and was so helpful in showing the steps for right handed weavers (Lauren) and left handed weavers (me). As she started the next step she explained more about the "anatomy" of the basket and why this step is important and why it goes like this. We started with a quick lecture on reeds- what they are, why they're used, how the plant becomes a basket and how to take care of it when it's done and woven.
First we made our base...
*I'm using loom-weaving terms. Does that work for basket weaving? I don't know enough about basket terminology to use it, so I'm just going with the weaving I know.
I'm sure she thinks I'm a little bit nuts and should probably have gone with 1-2 colors, but this is my basket, darn it! (Later on my mom called it my Easter basket and my friend Greg called it my Gay Pride basket)
A few more rounds of the natural reed and we began the top, which you really need 5 hands to do. Since I only have 2, it was awkward and time consuming, but all in all, I'm really pleased with my first basket.
I'd love to do a little more basket weaving in the future, but I don't see it taking over my life the way knitting has (and quilting is starting to). I mean seriously- how many baskets do you need? But if you have 3 hours to kill and want a project that you can actually finish in one sitting...this is the way to go.