Katherine has recently been working on making willow basket purses. (Or what do you call a small basket with a lid and a shoulder strap? Shoulder basket, hand basket, or purse?) Anyway, she had two inspirations for working with this form. First, she often carries a purse she made from red cedar bark around and inevitably gets asked if she sells those too. So she was thinking she ought to be wearing a willow basket. Second, she saw a photo of a lovely small basket that David Drew had made and was using.
She made the small square version from buff willow in the photo above. Next she made one a bit larger and using some green willow for the side weave. We decided this might make a nice camera basket; so we lined it with some foam padding. We will be adding these baskets to our selection at Dunbar Gardens.
Katherine has also been working with an oval version. It is a simpler basket with less stakes and simpler side weave. It might allow her to offer this basket as a two day class to intermediate skilled willow weavers with enough time for people to finish. Information about future classes will be posted on our website. Stay tuned.