Gypsies and Shoppers day two

Gypsy baskets

Vale Adult Learners took on the Gypsy Basket challenge last month and after a fair amount of sighing, the odd curse or two and cries of please no more packing, beautiful shaped baskets unfolded.

Welsh Shoppers round two

The second day of the welsh shopper course took place last month. It was a pretty cold day and once again we were all huddled around the fire at the Heritage Coast Centre. With hoops, handles and ribs all dried out it was a day of weaving the basket. It’s quite a tricky basket if you keep the traditional weave going and try and shape the basket at the same time. Also helps if you’re told how to start the basket off properly in the first place, I blame brain freeze…

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Welsh Basketmaker’s South Wales Group Update

The next few weeks are very busy and Mel and I are on holiday for a week from Friday so we need to get a bit organised this week – can’t believe it is nearly June!

Wool and Willow Festival

http://www.woolandwillowfestival.org/

As everyone knows this starts on Friday this week . Mel has got 2 items so far to take with her for our group display, it is looking a little bare! We would love it if you would consider lending us just one of your favourite things you have made – basket or any other item for display at the festival. Some beautiful work has been produced by our group (and I am simply thinking of everyone’s first baskets at this point) and we would like to show it off! Let me know if you can provide something and we can arrange to pick it up before Friday morning when we leave to set up. The item will be on display for a month and we will pick it back up and return it to you then.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is to be held on Monday June 6th at Colwinston Village hall and we will be making conical plant supports. We need a week to prepare the willow for this so we need to know if you are attending by Thursday this week at the latest. Everyone very welcome.

Flatholm Trip

The long day for Flatholm Island falls this year on a weekend when both Mel and I are tied up (Mel is in London and I am working with Les on the Cyntell course). Everyone had such a fantastic time on this trip last year that I wondered if you would still like to go as a group anyway. The cost for the trip would be £34 per person which includes food. The date would be Saturday 17th September – maximum 15 places on Lewis Alexander Depart 0845 Return 2045. It is easy to arrange a trip but we would need a volunteer to liaise with Natalie regarding booking this trip, let me know if you are interested.

Basketmakers Association Summer Meeting

We are also planning a trip to this event in Cheltenham on 18th June.
If you would like to come on the trip, please email me or Deb at deborah.hill@wales.gov.uk by Thursday this week as well so that we can see if we need to hire a minibus or just car share during the day. It should be a lovely day out and gives us an opportunity to meet other basket makers from all around the country.

Lots to respond to here so I look forward to hearing from you!