I’m a soft fiber person. I like anything to do with wool roving and yarn, cotton fabrics, silk–felting, knitting, dyeing…I’ve taken a basketry class for a while now and for some reason I can’t seem to get interested in making handmade baskets. I mainly go to basketry class to visit with the fun and interesting “regulars” in the class and I love to see the beautiful handmade baskets that they create. The woman below is making a beautifully woven rainmaker toy. Amazing…
Here’s a few more examples of the beautiful handmade baskets my fellow classmates are making…
But even though I may not feel inspired to create beautiful baskets like these, I am so grateful that I do know the basics of basketry. Recently, I bought several poinsettia plants for Christmas that came in plain plastic pots and I didn’t have any baskets or other Christmas colored containers to put them in. I briefly thought about going to a thrift store to buy baskets and then stick them into a dye pot…(too much time and work!)
It suddenly dawned on me that I know how to MAKE baskets for the poinsettias! I even had some green basket reed!
The baskets didn’t take long at all to make–I did it while chatting with my mom who was visiting. The baskets certainly aren’t perfect and my basketry might scold me for crooked spokes, but to me, they work. They cover the plastic pots and add a bit of Christmas color to our decorations.
Many Waldorf high school offer basketry classes and I think it’s a great. Basic basket making skills can come in handy!
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