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Letter to Myself; new beginnings

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.




Completing cran baskets

Today was our final session with the cran weaving group.

cran spiral sides crans bordering down

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.

Reflections on our training

We spent last week with Mike Hubbard, master basket maker, in Cornwall, learning from his vast experience, patience and good humour.

We went with the aim of recreating the cran basket; used in the herring fishing industry in Great Yarmouth. Doing this work revealed lots about the cran itself; the original we took with us was made of cane, not willow, so there were distinct differences in their making. Not least of which is that cane is much longer and the same diameter all along its length so there are fewer joins than in a willow basket.

crans recreated2

We also took a swill basket with us and had a really useful discussion about how we will go about making one of those.

IMG_1126    Crans and the swill

Our days spent training with Mike are behind us. Both of us were very much looking forward to it that it feels sad that it’s over. However we hope to learn with Mike again and will make the best use of everything he’s taught us in the next project

                                        Clare and Sarah sitting on their cransSitting on our upturned crans before the handles went on