Thursday, July 28, 2016

Visit Attic Treasures Basketry at Our New Site!

Attic Treasures Basketry has moved.

We are in the growth process so we decided to change things up a bit. Please turn your attention to our new site at where you'll find class and demonstration schedules, links to our Etsy Shop, newsletter sign-up and more.

We are looking forward to new things such as an online shop with secure ordering. For now you may still contact me through the Etsy site or by E-mail. 

This site will continue to work for archived information, however we're uncertain at this time if new content will be added. Thanks! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Weaving the Wicker Jar Vase Basket

There is a great sense of accomplishment when you start out on a project and it turns out even better than expected. Today I wanted to share a little bit about my latest basket project and perhaps you'll want to try one of your own.

You may need to familiarize yourself with some of the techniques of wicker weaving and one of the best ways to do that, in my opinion, are the excellent books by Flo Hoppe. Maybe I've said this before, but I checked out Flo's book, Contemporary Wicker Basketry, oodles of times before I actually decided to try some wicker work. It wasn't until the beginning of this year that I finally purchased a copy of another book by Flo, Wicker Basketry. In addition to that, I purchased her spiral weaving instructional video from the National Basketry Organization. I think this really was the turning point where I said, "I really need to try this!"

I'm really enjoying this journey and try to add a new technique each time I do a basket. Today I used the four over four overlaid base, Japanese weave, 3 rod arrow, twining, and a basic rolled border. Some of these techniques I already knew, but they all came together for a sweet little basket.

My purpose in weaving this basket was to make a jar cover and up cycle some of the glass jars that we get when we purchase some of our favorite fruit spread. They aren't quite like a Mason Jar pint, but they're almost the same size and would work great for a little flower vase except for the fact that they're kind of on the plain side.

The project began with eight pieces of #5 round reed. I did the 4 over 4 overlaid base. After four rounds with a #3 round weaver to secure the slath, I started the Japanese weave base (over 2, under 1, separating the spokes as I went along) This is really a very easy technique. One piece of advice would be to keep your work around the base as tight as possible. I'm not perfect at it yet, but it's getting better. You also want to dome up the base toward the inside of the basket.

When I got to about three inches of weaving on the base, I ended it and then upstaked the sides. I held this in place with a elastic hairband at the top until I was ready to start working on the sides. Yep, I sprayed the stakes with water while my jar was in there. Oops!

Now comes the fun part, trying different techniques for the sides. I did a three rod arrow at the bottom, twining through the center, arrow accent row, and five more rows of twining. I finished it off with a basic rolled border. While weaving I did quite a bit of shaping to give the basket a little belly and then curve it outward at the top. It's pretty subtle, but I like the gentle curve.

For the stain I mixed Ebony and Red Oak Minwax. The ceramic button is from Glaze Girl Designs on Etsy. I'm already thinking about weaving another basket like it, and using a white wash on it.

So glad you stopped by today! Hope you'll check out my summer schedule of demonstrations and classes. If you are in southeastern Wisconsin and enjoy living history, you won't want to miss Horicon Living History Days, May 6-8, 2016. In addition to a beautiful historic home, a school house and outbuildings, there will be spinning, basketry, a black smith, candle making, daily living demonstrations and so much more!

Until next time...have a great time weaving!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Wicker Pin Cushion Baskets

Coming soon to my Etsy Shop!

Adventures in Wicker Weaving

It all started when my husband didn't know what to get me for Christmas. Having seen Flo Hoppe's new Spiral Weave Wicker Basket video at the National Basketry Organization store, I knew that's what I wanted to ask for. I also thought it would be nice to have a book or two. knowing that the library has Contemporary Wicker Basketry, I decided on Wicker Basketry.

Flo is a wonderful instructor in these books and the video, although I have to admit. I've checked out Contemporary Wicker Basketry at least five times, studied it a little and chickened out every time. Now I'm not sure what I was quite so afraid of.  I'm having a great time with all the learning!

So here are my projects to date. Today I'm working on a couple of fun pin cushion baskets from Contemporary Wicker Basketry. More pictures later. Have a wonderful and creative day!

Square bottom basket from Contemporary Wicker Basketry
Inside bottom of square wicker weaving.

Child Basket from Wicker Basketry by Flo Hoppe

Child Basket with alternate handle, from Wicker Basketry by Flo Hoppe

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Basket Weaving Opportunities at Driftless Folk School

I'm very excited to announce the opening of registrations for upcoming classes at Driftless Folk School in Wisconsin. In particular I'm really excited to have the opportunity to teach this market basket class. Hope you'll take a look and consider joining us this summer at Driftless Folk School

Saturday, January 30, 2016

New Grandbaby!

Attic Treasure Basketry is taking a little time off to celebrate the birth of a new grandson and catch up on custom orders. See you soon!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dyeing Basketry Reed

Dyeing basketry reed can open up a whole world of wonderful design possibilities when weaving your baskets. I used to buy colored reed, and then I decided to start dyeing my own. You'll find much more flexibility dyeing your own reed and it adds a whole new dimension to an already enjoyable craft.

I really like to do this outside, but Wisconsin winters really don't allow it and for lack of a better place, I usually end up in the kitchen. My family has become used to NOT trying the interesting looking recipes I've created.