Our second weaving session was taken up with round work, starting with some structures that will be used to cover unsightly items around the site. We used boards with pre-drilled holes to start the structures off and made a simple but effective top by folding over the remaining willow withies.
Laura is randing having stated with a three rod wale which makes the structure really strong.
Martin is adding uprights for a super strong final border.
The weavers added Repps Meadow willow for a decorative touch.
The finished (upside down) covers.
Installing the cover…
And here’s the result. Good job!
In the afternoon we made wigwams for plant supports. We left them up near the visitors centre because they look so good.
Our first AGM as a charity was held last November.
It was a great time to celebrate our achievements so far and look to future projects. Have a look at the report of our chair of trustees, Jerry Walker. WITHY ARTS Annual Report from the Chair of Trustees
Wednesday saw the private view of the exhibition at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse where members of both basket-making groups came together with friends, families and Withy Arts project workers and trustees to celebrate their success at the opening of the exhibition.
The baskets look beautiful and have had many appreciative comments from museum staff and visitors already.
Joan’s sister Heather was able to come along to see her lovely work.
The new Withy Arts banners look splendid and gave a special feel to the exhibition.
If you get the chance, the exhibition is open every day until Sunday 29th October 2017. Our thanks to Paul and Miriam at Gressenhall for their help setting up.