Friday, 19 December 2014
Learning an Old Country Craft
I have completed my second basket, this time a nice big sturdy shopper. Very wonky, I still don't seem to be able to weave straight but I love it. It was not until I started making my baskets that I realised the difference between the cheap ones that you can buy in the shops and those made by basketmakers who do not skimp on materials. Even though it isn't the best looking, my basket feels really strong and should last me for years and years. I will be signing up for a new course next year, just not sure how I will fit it in as I would love to do a spinning course as well. Bring on retirement!
Many people would have made their living from basket making in the past (of course some still do). It must have been hard work doing it all day every day. It is hard on your hands and in winter cutting and soaking the materials would have taken its toll. For me it is a lovely hobby.
It's a bit hectic here but in a lovely way as I've been catching up with friends to exchange cards, little gifts and share a meal. All this socialising leaves little time to actually get things done but the list is gradually getting ticked off. Wreaths still to be made to take to the cemetery and a cake to decorate. I haven't decorated a Xmas cake for more years than I can remember so should be interesting! Xmas decs are still in the box and the Xmas tree is still out in the garden. Oh well it will all get done I'm not getting stressed about it. As long as we all having something to eat, something to open and time together it will be fine.
I hope your preparations are going well and not too stressful.