Lid #3

Base Rim Finished

Base Rim Finished

Main structure Finished

Main structure Finished

Basket with Unfinished Lid

Basket with Unfinished Lid

OK, so I never went back to Lid #2.  I stuck with Lid#3 knowing I would not finish it by today.  But I have to do it right.

This is going to be an enclosed lid which I have never seen before.  Which is why I’m am struggling here.  It has a 4″ round slotted wood base which sits inside the basked rim.  It also has a lashed rim around the base to sit on the basket rim.   I admit it’s a little odd but it works.  This is shown in the first picture.

The second picture shows the lid with the main structure finished.  It will have a 3″ round slotted wood base attached at the top; in theory, because I have no idea how I’m going to do it.

Also, I made the lid the opposite colors of the basket.  Stakes natural and weavers grey.  I don’t like it!  So I’ll be ripping out the weavers and redoing them in natural.

The last picture shows the lid on the basket which gives you the overall shape.  I think it is pleasing.  Although the top will be flat, I plan on putting something on top.  It will need a handle.

If anyone has any comments ideas or opinions I would love to hear them.

Bean Pot

Bean PotPeople used to pick their beans in this form of basket.  I especially like the wire handles that are made for this basket. Of course from the beginning of time humans used baskets to carry, store and cook in.  Today, we still do that but they are also used as an art form or a basket craft.  You have to agree that baskets are beautiful.  Well, at least, I think so.

Round Basket

Round Swing Handle Basket

Round Swing Handle Basket

Wood Swing Bean Pot

This basket is also a Bean Pot style. I changed the shaping and put an oak swing handle on it. This handle sands up silky smooth. It’s stained a dark chocolate brown but looking at it now maybe I should have stained he ear attachments also. I prefer to put the handle ears on the outside vs. the inside of the rim. They give an architectural highlight that does’nt appear when hiding them on the inside. The color combination tends toward a harvest look but I did’nt do it for that reason. I just like the colors.

Lid #2

Well I’m having real problems with this lid. I was on my 3rd lid today but when I left my weekly basket club, it was less done then when I brought it in 3 hours earlier!

In the end, I think that this 3rd lid will really work. I just cannot finish by Saturday.

I have gone back to the 2nd lid! Ha! Maybe, with some changes, I can have it finished by the end of the day tomorrow. If not, oh well, no lid for Saturday’s show and tell.

I’ll get back to you tomorrow.

Lid #1

Cathead with Funny Lid

Cathead with Funny Lid

I need to make a lid for a basket by next Saturday. My monthly date with the Tennessee Tri-State Basketry Guild has a “Show and Tell” about lids. Since I’ve never made one, it’s going to be tricky. I’m going to make one for the Large Cathead Basket I just finished. Been working on one (shown here) but it just looks like an upside down basket or a bell sitting atop. Definitely not a lid! And messy looking to boot! No, this one’s a wash. Have another idea. Will keep you posted.

Large Cathead

I have finished the basket I was working on. It came out a little smaller than I thought but is still quite large at 12″x13″x13″ and I am very happy with it. The others I have made do not have very prominent feet (or ears).
I used a pattern from a book of Billie Ruth Suddith’s. She is one of North Carolina‘s best known weavers. She designed the original Carolina Snowflake but is also known for her cathead baskets.
A member of the Toe River Arts Council, Mrs. Suddith was one of about 40 artists who opened their studios to the general public 2 weeks ago. Getting to meet her was an honor.
Mrs. Suddith’s instructions for the cathead base are the clearest and most comprehensive I’ve come across and I was able to make very deep feet (or ears) which I have been wanting to do. Also is she uses a much smaller reed than I’ve seen in other patterns.

So on to the next project!
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Cat Head Samples

Cat Head Samples

The “Cat Head” basket has four pointed ‘feet’ on which it sits. When held upside down, the feet give the impression of ears, and so, the “Cat Head”.
This basket was first created by the Shakers who used molds. Now we can create them without molds in many shapes and any size. The baskets shown are about 10x10x6. I am working on one that will be about 15x15x20. Quite large! I’ll let you know how it goes.