My new creation is finished and photographed. I have now finished three vessels and will start on another three or four this week. It has been such a pleasure to actually enjoy going to the studio again, it’s been waaaay too long.
This vessel was supposed to be woven with red velvet. Much to my surprise, it just did not work, even though I gave it every chance in the world. I must have woven and rewoven it seven or eight times before I finally admitted that it wasn’t right. But what a relief when I began to weave some jute and fabric and it looked so good! Needless to say, this one took a lot of time to weave, even though I was weaving up to four strands at a time. So far, this is the biggest basket I have made. The height is 20″ and the circumference is 18″.
What to put inside also created some frustration, there were several different ideas that didn’t pan out (but might make it into another basket). Finally, even though I sometimes think rock sculptures have gotten a little cliché, I put one in the bottom of the vessel. The forest floor appeared soon after.