“Live each day as if your life had just begun.” ~Johann Wolfgang Von
If you read “About Me”, you know that I once wove baskets and did art shows around the country. It all started when one of my cousins said I could make baskets cheaper than this store was selling them for. Next thing I knew, I had signed up for basket weaving classes and literally became addicted to it; so much so that I quit a teacher’s aide job I had at the time to concentrate on weaving baskets and doing craft shows. I soon discovered that I belonged in juried art shows because that’s where my baskets were more appreciated and people were willing to spend more for them. I gave up weaving about 17 years ago when I discovered how much more I enjoyed painting.
I shared about this in one of my old postings more than three years ago, but I discovered some old photos when I was working on our family wall gallery and decided to share some of these with you. The basket above was my very first basket I ever made.
These are a couple of photos of my booth set up at a few of the shows I did.
Most of the shows were in northern Michigan, suburbs of Chicago, Mt. Vernon, IL, Minneapolis, Stone Mountain, GA, Ohio and Indiana.
This is one of my favorites that I made at a basket weaving convention, called Wild Goose Chase. I dyed all my own reeds. The one above has black dyed reed with all the vibrant colors woven into it.
I loved weaving the twill baskets because they were such a challenge and I love how they look.
If you’re familiar with Nantucket baskets, this happens to be a small one. It’s woven on a wooden form and has a wood base, along with a wood lid. I keep some of my favorite jewelry in it.
These are woven on a wooden form, also, but have leaves and fiber woven into it.
I eventually started weaving strips of veneer into some of the baskets and then painting on them.
Over time, I got to the point where I enjoyed the painting more than the weaving. LOL!
This is me about 17 years ago at one of my last art shows, which was in East Jordan, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Charlevoix.
I finally got rid of my weaving supplies, but before I did, I wove this cradle and gave it to our granddaughter. I had had the wooden base for years, just sitting around.
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