And when I say “a few hours” it really is for a few hours.
Part of my job description as the Basketmaker’s Wife involves helping Eric with his patterns for exhibit baskets. (Exhibit baskets are special. For his other baskets, he’s on his own…)
He creates preliminary sketches on grid paper and then I electronically reproduce all into one drawing. Then Eric is able to make changes on my computer. And when I say “changes on my computer” that means him sitting next to me, looking over my shoulder, telling me what square to move where.
I know what you’re asking, “Lynne, how can you calmly (y’all are assuming with the word ‘calmly’) sit there and move around a bunch of squares. That must be grueling.”
All I can say is that I gladly do it with no complaints, mind you… as long as my glass of wine is refreshed without me even asking.
About six months ago, Eric created this little basket and only a few students were able to make it—his special “ginuea pig group.” He’s thinking of offering it as a basket to teach however, it still has no name.
Mr. Basketmaker usually comes up with titles instantly. Today he told me to name this basket.
So I decided to delegate and texted this quick pic to my mom and put her in charge of the task.
What did she come up with? Petite Star. I texted back “No. Keep trying.”
She then texted back “Treasure Catcher.” I typed back “How about Wish Catcher because it’s small?” She replied “No, I like treasure catcher better.”
Her other ideas: Wish Upon a Star, Little Dipper, Rings & Things, Tiny Treasure…
After a bit more of back and forth I ran all the ideas by Mr. Basketmaker and he settled with…
“Little Rings & Things” with the intention of making a larger version titled simply “Rings & Things.”
Thanks Mom! Now onto another basket to name…
For the month of February is a basket woven by Peggy McLeer.
Of course a basket with a “heart” in the middle has to be used for the month of February! AND… it would have been nice to post this on Valentine’s Day. But hey… February is a busy month—Not only was it the GBA Convention AND the Super Bowl (Yah Patriots!), four family birthdays occur this month: my mother-in-law, my father and two nephews in addition to this weekend’s Winter Weave in Ohio. It’s really a miracle I actually posted this during February!
This awesome photo was taken by Suzanne Marvin.