Welsh Basketmakers South Wales Group – January Meeting

A massive thanks to Deb for taking notes, typing them up and sending them to me in an e-mail  – a lot harder  to lose than an envelope, although I promise I still have this month’s safe!  We had a great meeting with more than 20 people attending to agree the programme for this year and weave some beautiful willow hearts from fresh Black Maul and Flanders Red willow.  Yvonne brought some gorgeous organic willow for our basketmakers to pounce on.  Anyway, here is the programme for this year, expect there will be changes on the way but it will be a more relaxing way to do things I think.  Again thanks to everyone for offering to help.

Dates and Activities for 2011

The Group agreed a list of activities for the forthcoming year and agreed dates for the monthly meeting.

N.B  Unless otherwise stated we are hoping that all meetings will be held at Colwinston Village hall – fab venue with easily sweepable floors and loads of car parking.  One summer meeting will be held at Kathy’s house in Cardiff Bay – to be confirmed.

January 31st Fresh Willow Hearts 7.00 – 9.00 pm
February 28th Hoops for frame baskets – Knife skills and using skeins   Material costs £1 per frame 7.00 – 9.00 pm
March 28th Weaving Materials from the Hedgerows At Pencoed Organics 

Final details to be agreed.  The main aim of the meeting will be to improve material recognition and identifying the most useful hedgerow materials for weaving

7.00 – 9.00 pm
April (actual date Tues, May 3rd) Bases – practice your round, oval or square bases for finishing baskets at home. 

Material Costs – £1 per base

7.00 – 9.00 pm
May (actual date Mon, June 6th) Plant supports 

Material Costs – £5 per plant support

7.00 – 9.00 pm
June 27th Borders 7.00 – 9.00 pm
July and Aug No monthly meetings due to summer holidays, however there will be a picnic at Dunraven – date to be arranged 

 

Sept 26th Corn dollies – weave your own dragonfly, bodkin cover or anything else made using a corn dolly weave 7.00 – 9.00 pm
October 31st Angels and trees – 3 dimensional tree or angel from white or buff willow 7.00 – 9.00 pm
November 28th Christmas party 7.00 – 9.00 pm
December No monthly meeting

Getting Organised

At the first group meeting, we decided to keep things informal.  However as things have progressed and as the group has increased in numbers, there is the need to formalise a few things to ensure the smooth running of the group.  At the moment we need help with refreshment rotas, keeping notes of the meeting and collecting funds.  Details are as follows:-

Refreshment rotas

We agreed to have a rota for providing refreshments – tea, coffee and biscuits/cake.  We will arrange the rota at every meeting and pass on the tea/coffee making equipment to those next on the rota for the following month.  Kathy agreed to sort out February (with Ann to help although she doesn’t know yet!)

Keeping Notes

We have agreed to keep a few notes from each meeting particularly where we have agreed actions.  These will then be posted on our blog.

Funds

There is a minimum charge of £2.50 at each meeting for the cost of the hall and materials.  Sarah kindly undertook this at the January meeting and has agreed to carry on doing this for future meetings.

Basket making and other willow events

Wool and Willow Festival 2011 – Llanidloes  (http://www.woolandwillowfestival.org/)

Dates for this year’s festival are 28th May to 25th June.  Set up is on Friday 27th May.

Out to Learn Willow are running a workshop making Framed Baskets for the garden or kitchen on 17th June

Prue Thimbleby will be running a workshop for willow and recycled materials on 3rd June.

We also have a stall for exhibiting our work – this is for everyone and Maggie will be in touch with further details shortly.  If anyone is interested in selling any of their work then contact Clare and Mel as we also have a table for selling willow items.

Basket makers Association Summer Meeting – Cheltenham  17th June 2011

We agreed that we would like to attend the AGM and it would be sensible to organise a minibus for a number of us to attend.  Unfortunately it clashes with Clare and Mel teaching and stewarding at the Wool and Willow Festival but other group members may well fancy a day out

Deb will be in touch to organise numbers and minibus hire.

Next meeting

28th February 2011, 7.00 p.m.  Colwinston Village Hall (to be confirmed when booked)

Looking forward to seeing you all again next month, if you have a sharp knife such as an Opinel knife or fixed blade penknife please bring it with you along with a piece of leather or suede to protect your knee!

Advertisements

Love the Living Willow!

We are now on Twitter (Lovingthewillow) and just getting used to having a way of communicating with everyone on a daily basis (or minutely basis if we like!).  Had a lovely couple of weeks with new basket courses running, harvesting vast quantities of  willow in the pouring rain for some great jobs in the weeks ahead.  We have planted a basketry willow ‘fedge’ around the allotment at Wick Primary school.  This will provide craft material for their Christmas projects next year, nothing like planning ahead!  We have planted an ‘S’ shaped tunnel with the children of Cyfartha Junior school and completed some maintenance jobs at schools in Cardiff and St Donats Castle, maintenance of course is an essential part of working with living willow.

The rest of the days have been spent organising the next few week’s work.  A lovely Woodland Willow Playground in an urban school in Merthyr, basket courses at Crafts in the Bay in Cardiff, an African Village in Berkshire complete with woven mud hut in the centre, a communities first workshop in the valleys,  willow wigwams and tunnels in Chepstow, training for Bridgend Youth Services, yet more harvesting, more maintenance and 11 more intrepid beginner basketmakers for our course on 22nd January at the Model House in Llantrisant.  That course is (1 more than) full but why not join us on 26th January at All Saint Church to see what it is all about!

What a great start to the Year – thought January would be a peaceful month for getting on with some basketry commissions of our own – ha, ha!

Happy New Year – Basketry Courses for 2011

PROGRESSIVE BASKETRY – BEGINNERS
A series of six basket making courses running every two months throughout the year designed to build your skills in basketmaking. Courses are suitable for complete beginners and can be booked individually.  You will take home a completed basket at the end of each course.
Choose from:
1.  Small round fruit or bread basket
Learn to weave a small round base using a pairing weave, then how to stake up a willow basket and learn a 3 rod wale weave.
2.  Frame basket for the kitchen
Learn how to weave an oval basket on a frame and how to make frames and ribs for a completely individual kitchen basket.
3.  Small fruit picking basket with handle
Small round base revised, new weave introduced – english randing, small handle inserted
4.  Frame basket for the garden
Frame baskets revisited, weaving a larger basket with handle to make a lovely garden trug.
5   Bowl shaped round basket
Round bases revisited, controlling the shape of your basket while weaving.
6.  Oval basket
Learn how to weave an oval base to make a small oval egg basket.
Course 1 – Wednesday 26th January 2011
Course 2 – Wednesday 30th March 2011
Course 3 – Wednesday 25th May 2011
Course 4 – Wednesday 27th July 2011
Course 5 – Wednesday 28th September 2011
Course 6 – Wednesday 30th November 2011 

All courses are one day courses, 9.30am-4.30pm and cost £50 per course.
Courses will be held at All Saints Church, Southerndown, Vale of Glamorgan.
Courses can be booked independently, deposits required 28 days prior to course date
————————————————————————————————
PROGRESSIVE BASKETRY – INTERMEDIATES
A series of six progressive basket making courses running every two months throughout the year. Courses are suitable for those who have some experience in basket making and want to further their skills.

Choose from:
1  Frame baskets with handles
Learn how to make hoops with interlocking handles for frame baskets and weave a small collecting basket.
2  Oval shopper with handle liners
Oval bases revisited, weave a larger oval basket with handle liners.  Try one or two more baskets as homework and bring to the next course to learn how to insert and wrap handles into baskets.

3  Inserting and wrapping handles into previously made baskets
4  Welsh shopper
Learn how to make a traditional welsh frame basket using formas from basketmaker D J Davies. with a double handle.
5  Fitching
Learn traditional French fitching on a round  base
6  Square baskets – 2 days  Day 1 – square bases
Day 2 weaving the body of the basket.  Focus on practising control of weaves.
Course 1 – Thursday 27th January 2011
Course 2 – Thursday 24th March 2011
Course 3 – Thursday 26th May 2011
Course 4 – Thursday 28th July 2011
Course 5 – Thursday 29th September 2011
Course 6 – Thursday 1st December 2011 & Friday 2nd December

All courses are one day courses except for square baskets which is a two day course, 9.30am-4.30pm and cost £50 per course, squares, £100. Courses can be booked independently, deposits required 28 days prior to course date.

We really look forward to seeing you all again on some of these courses!