OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAstill working with fiber but in a totally new way. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAit 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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASaturday 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.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe 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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAeven 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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI 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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI 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.


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4 Responses to wove

  1. Peg says:

    so beautiful; and wonderful photos!

  2. Linda M. says:

    very unique and beautiful. That is the first time I saw a deer antler incorporated into the ribs of a basket. Terrific design element. I know exactly where that basket shop is in East Troy, we drive by it on HWY 20 when taking the scenic drive to the freeway from our house. I’ll have to keep the class in mind.
    Snow is still on the ground from last night. But the good news is the temps are on the rise for the rest of the week.
    Have fun with your new talent. They look super.

  3. Pia says:

    This is really neat! I want to try now, surely one can do this with branches if there’s a lack of antlers?!

  4. Linda M. says:

    Yes, I am sure you can. I have a large egg basket made completely from branches. And have seen frames made from branches too. I always thought the bright red bendable, willow like branches from dog woods would be perfect for this. Myself, have not ventured into basket weaving, allthough I love baskets,

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