Monday, 4 April 2011

This weeks projects.

Spring has sprung so it's time to, well....just get on with things I suppose! First target for this week - to make at least two egg baskets, it'll be Easter soon after all. I've started - this is the "God's eye" weave that holds the handle and rim together.


I fancy using some bright colours for the body of the basket, so the next step is to dye a load of round and flat reed. Any suggestions anyone?

Second target is to make a new rail and at least start the weaving on this pretty stool. I say "start" the weaving because it's so close and fine I have a feeling that it will take a couple of weeks at least to finish.


This was a great piece to take apart, a true insight into how the experts carried out their craft a hundred or so years ago. They cheated so well you couldn't see the joins, brilliant!!!

15 comments:

WILLIE........! said...

Suggestions.....oooooh! oooooh!
PINK............! :0)

Wendy said...

Wow, those baskets will be fab! So interesting to see the traditional basket weaving. Will be iterested to see the chair when finished too. Thanks so much for taking part in Handmade Monday - lovely to have you join in x

Ros Made Me said...

Wow! I am really in awe of people who can weave seats and keep their nails... I have several rush seated chair in my house but my fave is a little child's seat that sits in the bathroom. Thanks for sharing on Handmade Monday.

loody said...

I have done gods eyes with wool...never imagined that it could be used for baskets....looks great!!

Picto said...

my kitchen chairs have woven seats and I love them..... I may have to pick your brains on the best way to clean them. x

For colour suggestions type in 'rainbow eucalyptus' into google search and go to 'images', the colours of the bark are wonderful.

Jan x

The Seat Bottomer said...

Thanks everyone!

Willie, just for you I'll make some PINK!

Wendy I'll post some pics of the finished bits hopefully later this week, just depends on how the week pans out, you know how it is!

Ros, the nails are such a help with weaving! Mind you I had to cut half an inch off this weekend, they were more like claws that the cat would have been proud of!

Loody, the God's eye weave is just sooo useful.

Jan, you're very welcome to pick my brain, (assuming you can find any hehe)! I'll have a look at the rainbow eucalyptus, sounds interesting, thanks.

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

Wow, is all I can say! I wouldn't know where to begin with that weaving. People like you amaze me!! (In a good way)
Happy Monday
Rebecca x

Carolee Crafts said...

Pastel lemon, pink, blue and green or maybe lavender, so many to choose from

Anna said...

Very impressive x

cj said...

I really love the how the baskets are coming along.

It must give you a real sense of acheivement to be able to sympathetically restore a piece of furniture like this :)

Rachael said...

Your crafting looks very interesting. It's nice to see read and see something out of the norm.

Susie said...

This is stunning and impressive stuff! We have several old caned and woven chairs. One in particular (a rocker) we had redone years ago. Lots of work, but so worth it. I would love to be able to, and so admire anyone who does it! Gosh, wow, I am so impressed!

Suzanne said...

Your baskets look like they're coming on great, bet they look brill in lots of colours.
Hugs SUe x

Charters said...

Its good to see talents like this being kept alive; I can imagine it must take a lot of dedication to arrive at the finished article. Lovely work.

Mrs A. said...

That chair will be some undertaking to do. hope we can see the finished project.