Saturday, December 19, 2015

Time To Make The Baskets

Dating as far back to the 3rd millennium and based on available evidence, the most significant and primary characteristics of basket making has remained the same up to present day.

The symbolism of the basket in ancient cultures has been seen as representing many things, the feminine, part of the creation myth, or even symbolic of the Creator. Perhaps this is why so many feel a deep connection with the basket.

I have been a lover of baskets, as far back as I can remember.  When my family would visit my grandmother, her house was full of different baskets, woven from reeds, and wicker that she'd bought from Mi'gmaq women who would go from house to house selling their beautiful work. Some of these I still have, and I love them so much.

Winter has a way of causing me to gear down. There are positives and negatives to this, but I have come to accept that it is part of my natural rhythm and creating baskets is a comforting and I think life affirming activity to do in the dead of Winter.

I started making baskets again after recently seeing a photo of one particular basket, and I thought I can make that. Ooo big job! Basket making can be taxing and time consuming, relaxing but Winter is a good time to be creating baskets or doing anything creative. Thing is for me, I have to find the right materials and the best technique, which I haven't quite found yet, but I keep exploring and practicing my skills.

Here's a picture of the basket I found online. This one will be my next big project. It'll take me a while I'm sure!

Customize-able  Rope Basket - By Esther Chandler

In the meantime this is what I've been working on over the past couple weeks week using float rope and crochet to assemble.


thesycamoretree said...

Wow, I am IMPRESSED! That basket is lovely. :)

Unknown said...

I can hardly wait to get at itBev! Going to start tomorrow, now I figured out what rope and what I'll put it together with. I've got some beautiful soft, flexible and thick float rope, coloured baby blue, and some nice darker blue strong cotton to put it together.Might take my a month or more, but I'll get 'er done and when I do I'll post it!

Ellen said...

This looks so great Catherine!!

Unknown said...

Thank you Ellen. Oh my God I've been at the big basket all day! It doesn't look exactly like the photo I posted, as it is more oval. I should be finished tomorrow and I'll be sure to post it! Eek I'm almost a basket case!Lol