Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day 28 - Basketry Sample

Today was the first day of a biennial weekend of classes put on by the Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild and sponsored by the San Diego Botanical Gardens in Encinitas. My friend Mollie is a member of the guild, but she was unable to go to the class she had signed up for today, so I got to go in her place. Yay for me! It was a class in making a rainstick, taught by Jennifer Wool from the Bay area. We used a heavy-duty cardboard mailing tube as the rainstick and wove reed, cane and basket stuff (that's a technical term) over it to cover up the cardboard. I've done very little weaving, but Jennifer's instructions were good and she was very patient. I didn't finish but I have all the supplies and I'm confident I can finish with her instructions. Just for fun, and also so I can remember the process better, I took some scrap pieces of the reed we used and split it into little skinny strips, then used them as the "spokes" for a mini sample of the beginning of the bottom of the rainstick. For the weavers, I used waxed linen cord. So that is my ATC for today!
Go make art!