Friday, October 13, 2006

Basket Making

My neighbor taught me how to make a basket. She was going to teach a couple of other ladies and asked me if I wanted to sit in and make one as well. I told her I would. This first picture is the finished basket that I made that day. We dyed it with walnut stain.
















This was a very fun thing to do and I enjoyed it immensely. It took us about 5 hours to make that first basket. There is some prep work with measuring out reed and marking and cutting. Then you have to soak it in warm water before you work with it. She had cooked up some walnut hulls and then strained them. When the baskets were finished she put the gallon of stain in two trash bags with a basket and shook it real good (like Shake-N-Bake). Then you simply have to let the basket dry. After all the baskets were dyed then she saved the stain that was left over for future basket staining. This basket is called a hearth basket and is pretty big. I immediately wanted to make another one while it was fresh in my mind. She had enough materials for me to make one so I just paid her for the materials and in the next couple of days I made another basket. The picture below shows what it looks like near the beginning. I made some errors but was able to fix them without having to run across the road and ask for help from her.















Here are pictures of the second basket I made (all by myself - :) whoohoo!!) but it has not been stained yet. I plan to get some walnuts and make a batch of walnut stain for myself to have on hand.




Next we are going to make a potato basket, a melon basket, and an egg basket! I find that basket making is challenging and in ways it is relaxing. There is some weaving to do and that is relaxing. Goofing up is not relaxing!! In the baskets we make all ends must be hid, there is no glueing, staples, or tacks. All natural, even the stain. She said that once you make a basket that you will never look at baskets the same way again. It's true. There is a lot of work involved when you do it by hand.

11 Comments:

Blogger Sue said...

I am so impressed! Both baskets are beautiful and so useful! What lovely gifts they would make!

1:32 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

These are beautiful!! Really really FABULOUS....I love that you made these....!

1:32 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

Oh wow, you did an excellent job! One would never think this was your first try!! The baskets really are beautiful and what a accomplishment to know you made them yourself:-)

1:33 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Wow...great work!!!
:-D

3:41 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

The baskets are really good. Woohoo for you.
ps I was going to make fun of basket making but I just couldn't. You really did a nice job..

4:02 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Rachel...You are so talented and I can't believe that this is your first try. Your baskets are so amazing and beautiful. You need to make some for Christmas gifts. You know the guy who helps you mow...fill one with goodies and be sure to tell them that you made the basket yourself. They'll cherish it forever.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Those are beautiful! Absolutely amazing. I'm very impressed.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Rachel
Way to go!! That is amazing.
You might have the makings of another career here.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

So, there really is a course named Basket Weaving 101. You do good work!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Your baskets are just beautiful! This is something I have wanted to learn. Maybe someday....
My goodness it is hard to imagine you only had help with the first. They all look very professional!!!

1:16 PM  
Blogger juryizout said...

Very nice! Now we gotta get you quilting! LOL!

I'm impressed how clean your stove is! Looks like you could do surgery on it!

6:27 AM  

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