Thursday, May 26, 2011

Basket-ing

I don't often post about it but each Thursday I go off to my children's school to help out with Junior Landcare, an environmental program that engages kids in growing vegetebles, preparing food with fresh produce and crafting from nature. This week a visitor came to do an exciting talk on basket making and I just couldn't resist racing back home to grab the camera so I could take a few snaps... (Yes, I was pretty excited!)


A beautiful display of all things baskety greeted the children. The bag in the centre front is an Aboriginal made bag used for carrying foraged food.

The basket weaver refered to the free form egg-shaped baskets below as 'wild baskets' as they follow no formal rules of structure. I just love the look of these!


There were woven items from several different countries including Canada, North America and Papua New Guinea.


The weaver enjoys using all sorts of vegetation when basket making including rampant vines, long strappy grasses, straw and even discarded corn husks and leaves!

Pine needle 'crumbing down' brush
And there was twine! Twisted yarny type twine!! This was made with dried flax or other grasses that had been allowed to dry out (to shrink the fibres), then moistened overnight in a damp towel. Being damp, they are much more pliable and don't snap and break with the twisting, which is all done by hand.

I can't get enough of  those variegated effects!
After the presentation, the kids were encouraged to make a birds nest with small creeper vines, weaving some of the damp grass through the nest and lining the inside with soft wool.


There were even tiny little 'birds' to go into the nests...
So cute!

The youngest was so proud of her nest but we ran out of time for a photo. I'll try to post one tomorrow...

3 comments:

  1. What a wonderful afternoon and how lovely to be able to go back to school and share in all the fun bits - no wonder you ran home for your camera, thank you for sharing these :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Years ago..feels like a lifetime ago now.. I was a weaver ,I worked on a marae back home in NZ making food baskets etc.nice seeing these pics

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks, Jo, it was so interesting seeing all the different styles of baskets and gleaning some beginner tips from a pro.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences, Joyfulhomemaker..how wonderful that must've been!

    ReplyDelete

Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...