We’ve been making small things for Easter – egg baskets and a decorative platter all in cane.
The group at Headway are putting their new found skills to use weaving some beautiful things out of cane and willow. We have also had the chance to look at one of the baskets from Time and Tide Museum to compare the techniques we are using with those of the past.
Joan has nearly finished her basket.
Janet has finished hers and started on an egg basket.
Owen has been weaving with willow, making an obelisk and a tension plate.
For the past few weeks we’ve been working with people at Norfolk and Waveney Headway We are starting from scratch learning weaving techniques, using cane. Group members started with baskets on a base which Sarah had already fixed the uprights into.
Week 2 and Michael joins the group. The others start their baskets from scratch weaving their uprights into the bases.
For the past couple of weeks group members have been making baskets using willow. First tackling the base…
…then weaving between the uprights…
…and finally making the border…
Here are three of the finished baskets
Withy Arts’ new project, Catching the Memories and Passing on the Skills, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, has just started. One of the aims of this year long project is to teach participants the skills of basket making which were so important to Great Yarmouth’s past. The fishing industry used baskets in great quantities until plastic took over and for this reason, Great Yarmouth was a place of skilled craftsmanship.
For the first few weeks participants have been learning the basics of weaving in both willow and cane and in the process, made some beautiful objects, pictured below.
And finally, cane work…
The public involvement day was a roaring success. The weather was good so there were lots of people in the park enjoying the sunshine. Many people came to see the demonstrations and find out more about what the volunteers have been up to and learn about willow.
Several of our younger visitors helped with the scribble weave sculptures.
or made willow stars
The toilet block hurdle and the garden enclosure were both finished.
The new hurdle for the bin enclosure was started and volunteers demonstrated willow fish making and how to make the covers
We even had a canine visitor who was more interested in the water in the bucket than the willow itself to be honest.
Proud volunteers and Withy Arts workers at the end of a delightful project.
This was the last of our practical sessions weaving together. All the skills have been passed on and the volunteers are ready to weave without us.
Everyone made willow fish at home and a beautiful shoal came back as diverse as their creators.
Stuart and Eunice installed their covers…
Those who hadn’t had the chance to learn the flower and the tension plate did some catching up…
and preparations continued for the Public Involvement Day; all spare hands made progress with the spheres so that they are ready for people to add their scribble weave to…
Pete put a window in his sphere.
And Graeme tried it on for size!