Today we marked the end of ‘Letter to Myself’, the stitching project inspired by Lorina Bulwer, by visiting her grave and leaving a stitched message of thanks.
Some of us had written personal messages on the fabric.
Such a seemingly insignificant grave for someone who has been in our thoughts a lot over the past few months. We hope our gift shows that Lorina is still remembered, and her work celebrated.
Our new project has started; we are working with two groups of women using a number of textile techniques to create pieces inspired by the panels made by Lorina Bulwer.
We made textured felt from wallpaper paste and cotton wool. We’ll incorporate the finished felted elements into panels when they have dried
We also made panels with strips of fabric
We also made prints using a gelatine plate.
Hazel and Felicity really enjoyed working together
We had a great day working together; the Broads Authority Friday Group volunteers and the artists from Barrington Farm. We cut and bundled willow which the artists took back to the farm to work with. Apart from a very dramatic shower which interrupted the day and gave us the perfect excuse for a rest and a cuppa we were busy for hours.
Today we headed to Barrington Farm, laden with freshly cut willow from Repps Meadow (thanks to Broads Authority volunteers)…
We then spent some happy hours weaving with the artists at Barrington Farm, introducing the artists to the medium. The room was buzzing with creative energy, and after some initial experimentation willow sculptures of all shapes and sizes began to emerge!
We were delighted when Karolina brought her gods eye back to Saturday’s session – she had been working on it at home and completely covered the sticks with weaving!
We have been using gods eyes, woven in willow, to attach the swill basket frame to the handle. This picture shows the two materials, wool and willow, side by side…
Having made willow plates last week the group we are working with at Headway moved on to make a start on their frame baskets, based on Great Yarmouth’s herring Swill.
We have been finding ways to support baskets during weaving – our experimental jig was a success!
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.
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.