|Posing outside Debbie's enviable studio|
|Base before trimming|
One of the people who sells the loveliest varieties is Debbie Hall, of Salix Arts, which is about a 20 minute drive from me. She is also a very talented artist and a wonderful teacher, so when I saw her offering a day course to make her new handbag basket design, I leaped at the chance. A few weekends back, on a very sunny Saturday a group of us gathered and worked together to produce a variety of interpretations of her design.
This oval shaped basket is a bit more complicated to set up than a round basket but actually ended up producing wonderful results, possibly because we were all expecting it to be tricky and thus concentrated extra hard on each stage.
|Looking more like a basket now|
One of the best parts of weaving for me is how using different colours and different weaves produces very different baskets. Mine is clearly related to Debbie's original and to the others produced on the day, but it isn't the same shape or size as any of them. And initially that bothered me, and I felt a little disappointed with myself - but now I have used it more I realise that while it's too big to be a handbag, it is an incredibly useful shopper/picnic basket. And I love the fact that the while the handle on the original is firmly fixed in place, my handle swings jauntily.
|Just the right size!|
I will make this style again, and I'll definitely use a branch handle again, but I think I can guarantee it won't look exactly like this first one - and that's just fine with me!
I must admit, I cook in much the same way - but what about you? Do you like to put your own stamp on projects? Or do you only feel you've succeeded if you reproduce an item exactly according to the instructions? I'd love to hear!