from the serious business of basketry!! And this is what I played with today. I know it's still weaving but there you go!! Tomorrow I will start playing more seriously with some paper clay etc and build myself a little fishing shack! I need to have a break from the continuous weaving of baskets!!
............. just completed for a commission. The raven needing a home measures 45mm high so the cage had to be a little larger than I would normally make. However, a fabulous challenge and I'm glad that I managed to complete it. It measures 80mm long, 60mm deep and 75mm high. The perch is free standing, which would make it a lot easier for placement of the raven.
The trays are lipped with a two-rod, three stroke plaited border and the lids are both woven with a Japanese diamond weave, one with an even number of stakes and the other with odd. A little bit of play time for me!
Where has 2016 gone!? I seem to have been immersed in this haze of making baskets as fast as I can and all of a sudden we're almost half way through the year! My last show was Sydney at the beginning of this month and what a fabulous show it was for me. I came home almost empty handed and now I'm back on the whirly-gig of making. I have decided not to trade at any more shows this year as now I am in work mode for the Tom Bishop Show in Chicago in 2017. It has been on my bucket list for some time now - but now it means I have to work twice as hard!!
I was recently asked to do a commission - and the first photo is the full size version. It is a French vintage picnic basket and looks amazing!
It took me days to sort out - but I got it in the end - and was very happy with the results. The following pics are of my 1:12th replica.
....finally finished! I am so pleased with the results. Here they are pictured together - slightly different and using different techniques.
The first cradle - representing 30 hours of work. It is finished with a three-rod plain border and a three-row follow-on trac. Decorated with a celtic knot at each end of the cradle and a ribbon bow on each side.
I'm quite happy with the result. I've already started my next one.
My second rocking cradle - this time decorated with tiny beads and some blue silk ribbon bows - and finished with a two-rod, three-stroke plaited border worked directly on the basket - no glued borders here!! Again - lots of hours!