still working with fiber but in a totally new way. it doesn’t grow nearly as fast as the silly toys I make but it is satisfying to weave over and under and watch the colors interact with each other. Saturday I took a class in weaving a very unique basket designed by Steve Pauloski. Steve and Karen are great teachers and I quickly got the hang of weaving the reed over and under to form the sides of my bowl.
the great thing about this class was that it was impossible to not make a beautiful basket. the contrast of the jute and the colored reeds with the bleached bones is so unique and beautiful and made each of our bowls look great. Steve and Karen teach classes all over so if you ever get a chance to take a class jump on it you will not be sorry. in fact Steve Pauloski is teaching a class in May at East Troy Basketry
even unfinished my basket looks good enough to hang on the wall. the hardest part of any project for me is picking out the colors but as I looked around the table at everyone’s bowls there were no bad choices. each color looked fantastic. I was stunned by the simplicity and how calming it is to weave. Some of the techniques are familiar to me like the use of short rows to shape. I have a second skeleton to experiment with when I finish the first. I am thinking of all the wonderful colors I can add from my garden. I can see how addicting this might become.