I returned to Oklahoma Basket Supply yesterday and came home with a LOT of new supplies. I should insert here that I didn’t actually make sure that I had what I needed for any specific pattern. Ahem.
So today, I made my first Market Basket.
The market basket is quite a different animal than a rib basket. What with all that upsetting and clipping and sore fingers. However, I persevered and I’m quite pleased with the result. Now don’t get me wrong here…..there are definitely mistakes in it. I know there are. And I could easily point them out. But I won’t. That would just take all the fun out of it.
So I used a pattern….sort of. As mentioned previously, I didn’t have all the right sizes of reed, so I did what they do in football. I punted. I used what I had. Therein lies some of the reasons for the previously mentioned mistakes. But I digress. Because the thing I like about basket weaving is that it’s so easy to be creative and throw in your own curve balls here and there…just to keep things interesting. Besides, who wants to just copy someone else’s work? It’s all about being creative. Right? Right. And punting too… it’s about punting.
So here we have it: My first Market Basket.
And here’s how it came about:
- Beautiful rolls of Natural and Smoked Reed
- After all the pieces are cut to size and soaked, the reeds are laid out.
- The weaving begins.
- Upsetting the reeds so weaving the sides can begin.
- The closeup of the handle is thrown in just because I liked the shallow depth of field on the shot. A piece of smoked reed was glued to the handle before the weaving was started.
- Smaller natural reed was used to form a pattern. (This varied a lot from the directions I had.)
- After the pattern was complete, more rows of smoked reed were added.
- Lashing was added to the top in forming the rim. It’s harder than it looks because it’s holding two strong pieces of thicker reed in place to form the top edge of the basket.
And there you have it. I’ll be happy to answer any questions….if I can.
Once again, I must add that the photos were taken with my Nikon D300 and the fantastic Nikkor 85mm 1.4D lens. It offers up the most amazing bokeh to any photo. I said it.
And if you’re looking for a portrait lens….it can’t be beat. You’ll find it gives you gorgeous, natural colors.