Monday, 4 March 2013
Arrows and braids
I've finished a couple of new baskets this week; both have now gone on to new homes where I hope they'll fit in and be useful. Both have taught me new skills, which is always a good thing, I think. Neither ended up entirely as planned but I think that's why I enjoy weaving; there is a certain element of letting the basket evolve - with guidance, obviously - I didn't set out to weave an elephant and end up with a bucket!
The first is just a simple little basket, plain but for the braided accent on the side which I do love, but which left a few unhideable ends inside and meant that I needed to add a liner - no great hardship with this lovely linen. I'm thinking the size means it would be useful for embroidery threads or small cotton reels or maybe seed packets. Certainly not grocery shopping.
The second one is larger and was originally going to have a handle but at the end I decided not to add one. It is tightly woven with very narrow reed so there was an element of awkwardness in the shaping and it did take longer than anticipated to make.
I added a band of three rod arrow for interest - both in the appearance if the basket and because I really like weaving it. I think next time I'd move the band slightly higher up the side to balance the shape but still, I am pleased with the way it turned out. It's a good size for storing balls of crochet cotton, which can only be a good thing in my book!
I did a bit of travelling weaving this weekend: a revelation as I've never thought of it as a very portable hobby. Turns out it can be, but it required a level of organisation I am not usually known for! More on that another time.
As ever, I can see as much that I did wrong as right with these two; do you do that? And how on earth do you get past it, if you ever do?