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natural materials

October 3rd, 2010 at 21:43

Ever since I’ve started gardening, specifically vegetable gardening and trying to eat what we grow and grow what we eat, I’ve connected with the source of it all, Earth, in a more conscious way. I’ve come to be more aware of the change in the seasons, and try to live by them and with them. On my search to connect with the here and now of food production, I’ve started to go down to our local farmers market. There is a stall there that sells hand woven baskets. They are beautiful and I was going to order one of the baskets for my harvesting to enjoy picking my vegetables even more so. The lady in charge of the weaving is a very kind person and invited me over to her workshop a couple of days later. And while I had hoped to order a basket from her she suggested I make my own! She gave me a book and said I could get all the necessary materials from her.

So here I am. Today I decided to do a trial basket with the weeds (rushes and dock leaf) from our meadow. Let me tell you it’s no mean feat to pick rushes let alone weave a basket with such tough supervision (he wanted to play and didn’t like the fact that I had different ideas about what should be done).

a tiny basket big enough to a few cherry tomatoes

This book is great. I’ve never weaved a basket before. I’m glad I did this trial run before embarking on the big one over the winter months. Everything was explained really well apart from the fact that I had to guess the meaning of some of the vocabulary used in the instructions ( I only read the section about frame basket making and not the entire book). What do you think the following words mean:

Slype the butt of a rod on the belly for about 5 inches.

I pick and use the gifts I am handed from nature a lot more so than before I started gardening. I hope to continue to experiment with materials from my garden in my garden (fences and trellises), in my art (driftwood pieces, beach pebbles, wood carving, pottery) and maybe even make useful things like a hand woven harvest basket over the coming months.

Thank you Leah for setting these thought provoking and wonderful themes every month.

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3 Responses to “natural materials”

  1. Skytimes Says:

    Yay, winter project popping up everywhere. Love the wee basket and have no idea what that sentence means. Sounds kinda dirty to me… well, that’s me.

    Love the sulky face of the cat… don’t they have the greatest expressions? Will have my sister’s cat for a holiday soon, can’t wait for the company.

  2. Amy Says:

    What a lovely little basket! So cute.

    I keep shaking my head to think of you and my cousin, in close proximity…. what fun you two would have!!!! Canning, basket weaving, gardening, jelly making, knitting….did you see she just made homemade laundry soap???

    Have you read the book by Barbara Kingsolover “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”? Love that book! About their family trying to eat local for a year. And I love her writing too.

  3. forward tumble Says:

    Yes! Great book.
    I just saw her post on laundry soap, I hope she’ll start on regular soap , soon. I need some advice LOL but am tooo busy to research it myself.
    I sometimes wonder what it would be like to have you (and beth) as a neighbor, too! Would we be sit together crafting, chatting, making things like in the old days, when those where the classic homemaker chores and things where done in each others company, like weaving, wool spinning etc…

    I wonder what the future holds, all sorts of things can happen… LOL

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