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Completing cran baskets

Today was our final session with the cran weaving group.

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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…

top view cran

All the baskets looked very beautiful, and the basket makers felt very satisfied with their work.

Cran Weaving

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.

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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.

Time & Tide Museum

For the Weaving Connections project we are working with Great Yarmouth’s Time and Tide Museum. We’re visiting the museum with some groups and taking baskets from the museum’s collection to others.

The museum has a beautiful collection of crans and swills, the two baskets we will be looking at during this project.

baskets at T&T

They look great in the museum’s displays, but we have also been able to take the baskets to those people who are unable to visit the museum.

baskets at Herbie's

Here’s Clare in one of our group’s venues with some of the Museum’s baskets – a cran and a swill – and some of our own modern interpretations of those baskets. It’s great to be able to offer people the opportunity to have a really good look at these artefacts!

New Project!

We’ve been fortunate enough to be awarded Heritage Lottery funding to work with four groups of Great Yarmouth people exploring baskets from the town’s herring fishing industry. The project is called Weaving Connections.

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Weaving Connections will run from October to December 2015, finishing with a display in Great Yarmouth’s Time and Tide Museum on December 13th.