The final group we’re working with on this project have now finished their frame baskets, constructed in the style of the Great Yarmouth herring swill.
Not only did we weave baskets during the session, we also laughed a lot, learned some words in Spanish, and there was basket head balancing….
Withy Arts trustees and supporters had a go at making baskets themselves on Sunday – some lovely work was produced!
Today was our final session working at Headway. The group have made some beautiful Swill-style baskets…
Impressive work, particularly as nobody in this group had any previous experience working with willow.
The group are looking forward to a return visit to the Time & Tide Museum, where they will now be able to examine baskets in the Museum’s collection with a willow-weaver’s eye!
We’ve been at Headway, having a play with willow and string in preparation for making swill-style baskets over the next few weeks.
The group were justifiably pleased with their willow plates – and we can’t wait to get stated on the baskets!
We visited the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth with the group we are working with from Headway.
We had great fun exploring the museum, and looking at the baskets…
Bob is holding one the museum’s Swill baskets in his right hand, and one of the smaller baskets we’ll be making, based on the same weaving technique, in his left.
We made some beautiful willow tension plates with GFS Platform’s SNAP group…
and the girls were very happy with the finished pieces…
We went on to make some wool gods eyes, getting a bit of practise in before we add willow gods eyes to the baskets we’re making.
Today was our final session with the cran weaving group.
We added splints and sticks to mimic the reinforcement in the Quarter Cran baskets we have seen in the Time & Tide Museum collection.
Rather than the horizontal row of weaving halfway up the basket side, some of the group decided to create a ‘wave’ of weaving sweeping in a spiral from bottom to top…
All the baskets looked very beautiful, and the basket makers felt very satisfied with their work.
This week was our final week working with the group at Herbie’s.
Swill style baskets were completed and fun was had by all. Many thanks to everyone at Herbie’s, you’ve made us feel so welcome.
We continued the basket weaving we started with a group of women a couple of weeks ago. The designs are based on the traditional Quarter Cran herring basket.
We wove basket sides, sharing conversation, laughter and some peaceful silence.
As well as the satisfaction that comes from making a useful, beautiful item, everyone described the feelings of calm and relaxation that they experienced throughout the workshop – it was a great session.
Another busy session at Herbie’s, with plenty of baskets on the go…
Here’s an example, this one made by David…
He’ll finish it next week.
And as we are making fishing baskets we thought we would bring some fish to share – kippers.
Not much left at the end of the session!