Lg. Cat Head w/Lid
I have finally finished the lid for this basket! It was touch and go there for a while. After throwing out the 1st lid, and giving up on the 2nd lid I was determined to make a lid and make it right. Since I was making it without a pattern or anything else to study I found it to be ‘extreeemly’ difficult.
What I ended up with is an enclosed pyramid. With a flat top. Or an upside down top! Ha! And, hey, I really like it. But I won’t be doing another one anytime soon!
Just trying to explain this thing is difficult. Like, does saying I put a base on the bottom and ended with a base on the top make any sense? Let me know because that’s what I did. After I found the finial for the top online, Ha!, I knew what I wanted the finished product to look like. And so, this lid will forever be called “The Third Lid”. At least in my mind’s eye!
Let me know what you think.
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!