Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Basket Weaving 101

Remember I told y'all I wanted to weave baskets? That I truly wanted to take a lesson? Well I did! Lookit!

Pretty, huh?

Let's back up.

Friday morning I drove from Tulsa to Wellston. I have no clue where Wellston is. It's in the middle of nowhere and there are cows everywhere. There's even a Moo something-or-other Cafe. The wind whips through like nobody's business. I love Wellston.

In Wellston, I met Marcia, owner of Oklahoma Basket Supplies, teacher of weaving. Y'know, I was so focused on learning and getting home before the kids got off the bus (epic fail on my part) that I didn't get a photo of Marcia. Sorry.

What I did get photos of was the process. So as not to bore y'all to tears, I'll just jot a line or two about each one.

The cane and reed for the stakes and the weavers are natural and smoked. No, I'm not smoking anything. The rounded bits and pieces for making the baskets are colored and not colored. 'That better?

I got the bottom of the basket woven and secured at the corners.

Starting up the side walls of the baskets.

Bad Monkey! Mr. Monkeysuit earned a time-out, horning in on my work.

All I need to finish is the rim!

Here's a shot of her shop.

These are baskets that the basket making guild has made and filled for a local battered woman's shelter.

Cool, huh? Then I raced like a mad woman to get home. Still missed the kids getting off the bus. Next time I'll just plan to stay later so I can eat at that Moo Cafe and take more pictures. That, and I think I'll need to stay later anyway. There's a really cool picnic basket I want to learn to make. Gorgeous.

The process - well the process took several hours, what with me just learning and all. Everything had to be soaked, so it wouldn't break while was weaving or bending. There's still finish work to do, once it's fully dry (which it is). I'm looking forward to more!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've a monkey to reprimand.

Until I write again ...


P.S. My friend-I've-never-met, Connie Pomboooooooo, is having another contest for a book giveaway. Head over and leave her a comment!


Nancy at said...

Wow Flea that turned out really great! I went to the website of where you went and I've taken a couple of classes from Marcia, the owner, when I lived in Kansas. Probably I took the classes in the Kansas City area or maybe even St. Louis. It's been too long ago to remember. I'm sure she wouldn't remember me but I remember her and I have some of her patterns. That was neat to see the inside of her store. Flea, be sure to link up with my blog post today on McKlinky to send people your way.

Karen said...

Jealous here - next time I'll make the trip and basket weave with you. I love that they're making and filling for the women's shelter. What a great idea!

Unknown said...

wow your basket is really nice! and I agree that is so awesome about the baskets for a womens shelter

Mental P Mama said...

That is just awesome. Heartwarming. Awesome.

Trisha said...

Nice job! Your first basket and it turned out very,very nice! At one point it did look like a very appropriate "jail" for a certain rambunctious monkey!

Juliana/A Hand Woven Life said...

I am totally impressed by how gorgeous your first basket turned out! It sure looks like you've been doing this for YEARS! GREAT JOB!

Barkley's Mommy said...

Wow! Your very first weaving project and you produced such a beautiful basket! Welcome to the wonderful world of weaving addiction :-)

judi/Gmj said...

You did it, you really did it!
Bravo Flea!!!

Lori said...

How cool!

Memaw's memories said...

I am so proud of you. It lookes really good. I'm afraid my first one would be quite lopsided.

Keep up the good work.

CanadianMama said...

Okay, I gotta admit, I was totally making fun of you on this one but your basked is really pretty!

imbeingheldhostage said...

It must take you an awful long time to complete anything with that silly monkey around. It probably doesn't help that you have to keep stopping to take pictures ;-)

Wonderful basket, girl. You accomplish anything you set your mind to, don't you!

Daryl said...

Wow ... so cool

MaBunny said...

wow Flea! What a pretty basket! You go girl! Mr Monkeysuit looked like he was having a grand time too!

Warty Mammal said...

How did I miss this post?

That is a wonderful basket. You pretty clearly have a talent for this, making something so crisp and professional-looking on your very first try. Thank you for sharing a little of the process!