Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I have just scheduled workshops for September, October, November and December and you can see the details on my website under Workshops and Events
The weather has been perfect this year for growing willow here and I look forward to an exceptional harvest next winter. It is not so easy to take photos in the field that will show just how large some of the willow is, but the other day I had some help. With people walking in the field by the willow I was able to capture – from a distance – just how tall some of the varieties are growing.
Right behind the two ladies are Salix miyabeana and S var ‘Daves Green’ and further down is S x ‘Americana’
I have been practising some of the techniques that Anne Mette taught at the classes here last month (see previous 3 blog posts) as I am preparing for the upcoming markets.
The Tatza baskets (Polish bread baskets) are fun to make and pretty. Using the same technique they can be made to look quite different depending on number of rods used, colours and variations in the pattern.
The baskets in the photo on the right are baskets on a Catalan base.
As it is not common that you receive any written instructions at a willow basketry class, I usually take lots of notes and photos (just love digital cameras).
Unfortunately – as I was the hostess and go to at the classes as well as participating as a student – I didn’t take the time to take notes and only a few pics. That is why you can see my little notebook on the table next to the base of the basket that I made, while I still remembered a lot, after the classes. So what I missed during the days of classes, I caught up on a few days later.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Also a two-day class we enjoyed making frame baskets of different styles, sizes and designs. Furthermore a few students who didn’t make it into our “Baskets on a Catalan Base” class were making a purse on a Catalan base during this class.
Anne Mette taught us the basics of making big rings of willow for the hoops of the baskets. Most of us succeeded somewhat with the rings, but when any of us had a challenge, Anne Mette’s strong hands and expertise from making hundreds of these rings quickly and seemingly without much effort magically fixed the ring.
For the rings I had cut some fresh rods of Salix dasyclados that has not been cut down the last two years and now have the strength, flexibility and tension that make for good rings. The rods had been cut 2 weeks before the class and were stored in the shade behind the barn.
Cathryn working concentrated on her beautiful tray and in front of the barn with the finished product. Great job!
These four baskets are basically the same although the shapes vary from almost round to oval and the sizing is different. The basket to the right has a random weave which looks very beautiful and will be finished off with bands of willow bark woven in between some of the willow.
As I mentioned in my earlier postings about Anne Mette’s classes here, it was a delight to watch how Anne Mette is able to cater to the needs of both the beginner and more experienced willow basket weaver. I believe that everyone went home full of inspiration and with some new skills learned.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Once again we started out in the barn working on the Catalan base for our baskets. The Catalan base is beautiful and very versatile and baskets were made of different designs from a large, beautiful oval basket to purses of various shapes and weaving techniques.
Later we moved out to work in the shade of our old weeping willow and the heat wasn’t quite as unbearable there.
By the end of the day you feel kind of “sticky” and Anne Mette and Jane decided to go for a swim in the lake. You can barely see their heads as two little, black dots in the picture.
In addition to the willow weaving experience of this class old friends enjoyed the opportunity to spend time together doing one of the things that they like - making willow baskets – while chatting and exchanging news.
Everyone had a great time learning new skills and enjoying each other’s company.
Most of us chose to make a purse during this class and here is an example of an open, fitched purse.
Other purses had a closed weave and patterns were created using different weaving techinques and different willow varieties for colour:
Really, working and creating with willow is absolutely wonderful
Monday, July 29, 2013
As we were working on our second baskets Anne Mette was able to keep an eye on all of us from the swing at the center of the tree. A wonderful start to 6 days of weaving.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Last month I had the opportunity to combine visits with family and friends while in Denmark with willow weaving sessions. Although Denmark is a very small country, I believe that they have some of the very most talented willow artists in Europe and I spent a few days learning from the best and discussing opportunities.
Anne Mette Hjornholm, who will be teaching here at Lakeshore Willows for 6 days in July, offered to teach me a technique new to me. Unfortunately I didn't have room in my suitcase to bring my basket home; but it found a home at my daughter's house. This week I am making a couple more to get a better feel for it.
Anne Mette's studio is like a candy shop when you like willow basketry and art. Take a tour of her website - you can choose English text - to see some of her beautiful work.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
After a long time coming I finally took the time to set up a website and I hope you like it: www.lakeshorewillows.com
This, of course, means that there will be some changes to the blog as information will be placed on the website and WILLOWS will revert to being a blog with references to the website.
Words and photos by Lene Rasmussen,Willows.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
What an amazing opportunity! One of Europe's most talented willow artists - Anne Mette Hjornholm - will be visiting Lakeshore Willows again this summer to teach willow basketry classes..
During the 6 days of classes a wide variety of designs and techniques will be taught and your project will be tailored after your preferences and skill level.
Each class will have a theme
(click on photos to enlarge)
Friday the Tatza basket is taught. This is also called a Polish Bread basket. You will make 2-3 baskets of this type during this one day class.
Saturday and Sunday a wide variety of designs of baskets and purses made on a Catalan base will be available for you to choose from.
Monday and Tuesday again, a wide variety of designs of baskets, trays and sculptural designs "frame baskets with or without frames" will be available for you to choose from.
Wednesday you will learn the
Burkina technique and make 2-4 small, charming baskets at this one day class.
More information about the classes - and a registration form - can be found under the tab "Hjornholm 2013 class" at the top and don't forget to check out Anne Mette's web-site Hjornholm Pil - now also an English version.
Last year Anne Mette's class was filled within one week! So if you want to take one or more of this year's classes, make sure to register NOW.
Words and photos by Lene Rasmussen,Willows.