Yesterday was the first of 4 one day courses (spread over 4 weeks) on basket making at our Arts Centre. There were 8 of us, 7 ladies and one gentleman and I went with my walking friend BP.
We spent most of the day making the rush mat (ideal for hot casseroles etc) and the last hour plaiting to make these 3 hearts for decorations. They are still drying out but I hope to decorate them a little for presents.
Next week we will attempt a small 3 dimensional container and the last 2 weeks will be working with willow (a lot harder on the hands apparently).
By the end of the day, everyone had finished their mat and most had done at least 1 heart – or else plaited their rush ready to make them. It was great fun, the teacher Nadine was brilliant. The only let down was the fact we were in the oldest part of the building with no windows. It has low beams, and if you are above 5' 7” have to mind your head.