Sunday, 21 August 2016

After three days off making baskets........

I have managed to finish one!!

Not too shabby, methinks!!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Some well deserved play time.............

from the serious business of basketry!!  And this is what I played with today.  I know it's still weaving but there you go!!  Tomorrow I will start playing more seriously with some paper clay etc and build myself a little fishing shack!  I need to have a break from the continuous weaving of baskets!!

As someone said - the fairies can live here!!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A Raven's cage.................

............. just completed for a commission.  The raven needing a home measures 45mm high so the cage had to be a little larger than I would normally make.  However, a fabulous challenge and I'm glad that I managed to complete it.  It measures 80mm long, 60mm deep and 75mm high.  The perch is free standing, which would make it a lot easier for placement of the raven.
I'm quite happy with the result.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

A swing cradle completed.

I haven't made one of these in quite a while -

I'm quite happy with the outcome.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

More bottles finished........... last.  They were half completed for a while, waiting for me to get my act together - and I finally managed to finish them.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Shopping trolleys...............

.........recently completed.

I was very happy with the results!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Dome Lidded Trays.......

The trays are lipped with a two-rod, three stroke plaited border and the lids are both woven with a Japanese diamond weave, one with an even number of stakes and the other with odd.  A little bit of play time for me!

Friday, 15 July 2016

A batch of bird cages

These birdcages are the result of this week's work.

I must apologise for the poor quality of the pictures - makes it hard to see the blackbirds housed in the baskets - made by Audrey Hughes, New Zealand.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

.........and the work continues!

A selection of bird/fowl carriers,  a couple of "vintage" bottles, some bird cages with love birds by Audrey Hughes of New Zealand.  These have kept me busy for a little while!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Chicago International 2017 - my work begins.......

This show has been on my bucket list for a long time and I finally applied for a spot - and I got in!!
So exciting - and yet so "OMG - what have I done!!"  I shall be making and making for the rest of the year just to have enough stock - but it will all be worth it in the end.

I am taking a miniaturist friend with me so we shall have the best time.

A very small start has been made -

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

A new basket!

Where has 2016 gone!?  I seem to have been immersed in this haze of making baskets as fast as I can and all of a sudden we're almost half way through the year!  My last show was Sydney at the beginning of this month and what a fabulous show it was for me.  I came home almost empty handed and now I'm back on the whirly-gig of making.  I have decided not to trade at any more shows this year as now I am in work mode for the Tom Bishop Show in Chicago in 2017.  It has been on my bucket list for some time now - but now it means I have to work twice as hard!!

I was recently asked to do a commission - and the first photo is the full size version.  It is a French vintage picnic basket and looks amazing!

It took me days to sort out - but I got it in the end - and was very happy with the results.  The following pics are of my 1:12th replica.

I was really happy with the results!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Wishing all my Blogland followers..........

I wish you all a prosperous, safe and healthy 2016.  Have fun!!

Monday, 28 December 2015

Some brain-free activity..........

.......over the christmas break.  Somehow, they always manage to turn out nicely when you don't have to engage the brain too much.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A couple of Rocking Cradles........

....finally finished!  I am so pleased with the results.  Here they are pictured together - slightly different and using different techniques.

The first cradle - representing 30 hours of work. It is finished with a three-rod plain border and a three-row follow-on trac. Decorated with a celtic knot at each end of the cradle and a ribbon bow on each side.
I'm quite happy with the result. I've already started my next one.

My second rocking cradle - this time decorated with tiny beads and some blue silk ribbon bows - and finished with a two-rod, three-stroke plaited border worked directly on the basket - no glued borders here!! Again - lots of hours!