Didn't post yesterday as I was just too tired after completing my last basket making class. As it had to be postponed for a week, there were only 3 of us. Apparently it should have been 5 but as the Arts Centre had had a power surge, all their security and fire alarms were inoperative. We could hear the phones ringing (presumably them) but no-one was allowed in to answer them.
Fortunately for us, the place we were in is basically a storage shed with no alarm so they let us continue. The staff spent a lot of the time in there with us as it was the only place that also had heat and light.
Anyway, a very good time was had but I think it was the hardest start to a basket. We made a small Sciathog (an Irish potato straining basket). This is one of the easiest baskets to make but one of the hardest to start, really requires an octopus as a helper!
Anyway, here is mine – not too bad methinks for a first attempt. It was flatter as I am such a tight weaver (you should see my knitting) but I am very pleased with it.
By 2.00pm, I could barely move my very sore fingers so the tutor Nadine, showed me how to make 2 ply cordage:
as well as a sennet (not sure of this spelling) which is a 4 ply plait in the round: