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….
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 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!
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.
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!
This week’s workshop at Herbie’s was very busy, as more people made willow plates and others started on the frames of their willow baskets, based on Great Yarmouth’s swill.
Janet hadn’t worked with willow before, yet she made this beautiful plate.
And Austin put his plate to immediate use…
Austin was a natural with the willow, and straightaway made a start on a swill basket…
He’ll do more weaving next week. Here’s a swill that James was working on, alongside one of Time & Tide museum’s original baskets…
…even at this early stage you can already see that the style of weave is similar. It’s great to be exploring the town’s heritage in such a hands-on way!
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.
Weaving Connections will run from October to December 2015, finishing with a display in Great Yarmouth’s Time and Tide Museum on December 13th.
We’ve come to the end of our training. What a fantastic three days with the wonderful Mike Hubbard. Here are the fruits of our labours, 2 lovely hampers and 2 gorgeous crans. We have learned so much. Not least our square work is much more square!
Mike gave us so much help recreating the cran. We are delighted with the results.
Having completed our picnic hampers….
… we moved on to the cran.
The pictures, above, show Sarah perfecting the technique known as ‘underfoot base’ where you hold the cross pieces which make the foundation of a round basket under your feet while you work with them. It’s very physical and feels like a strong thing to do.
We finish our crans tomorrow.