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!
Withy Arts trustees and supporters had a go at making baskets themselves on Sunday – some lovely work was produced!
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…
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 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.
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!
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!
Today we spent a very enjoyable few hours weaving willow with a lovely group of women. First we made some willow tension plates….
Then we made basket bases
Next time we’ll make a start on the sides, as we weave baskets based on the Quarter Cran, used in Great Yarmouth’s herring fishing heyday.
We spent a very enjoyable morning looking at heritage fishing baskets and making willow plates with people at Herbie’s on Monday.
This was the first of our Weaving Connections sessions with the group and an introduction to willow working.
Clare worked with Steve as he made this rather lovely willow plate.
Next week we are going to make a start on some swill baskets!