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The Summer Weekend Guinea Pigs

Before Mr. Basketmaker taught his two full-week workshops for the first time here in Tennessee, he had a “soft open” of sorts in the way of two mini 3-day Weekend Classes. Here’s some quick pics that I skipped posting this summer…

Here’s Miss Sue J. putting the finishing touches on one of Eric’s Cottage Gardener baskets…



The first weekend it was great weather with plenty of porch time with lots of sniffing going on…

Guess Jaxson finds weaving relaxing as well…

Here’s Eric attaching the handle to the little gardener basket…summer-basket-workshop-2015-basket-small
Below is Miss Donna finishing up her Cottage Napkin Basket. She got to hang out in the workshop with our nephew Ben. I think in this photo below I got done kicking him out of this particular workstation…  I think I said something along the lines of “Hey, get your butt out of that chair, it’s for students.” And he said “I’m a student!” And I corrected myself, “I mean a ‘paying’ student!”



Oops… took this next pic too soon! One of the baskets are missing the handles…


Here’s Eric attaching them…


All the summer workshops went very well and we had fun meeting new students, visiting with prior students and catching up with the regulars.

Hope to see everyone again next summer!


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Sixteen Baskets.

That’s how many baskets “The Goddesses” made in 5 1/2 days. One word… AhMazing!

Here’s the whole group…

And a few close-ups…



The group was also able to fit in these tiny little baskets in addition to their two main baskets…


They can be left as is or add the optional “cushion” to make it a Pin Cushion Basket similar to the one peeking out at the right.

It was a great two weeks of workshops! Now I need to sleep… for awhile…


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Yes, the Goddesses have Crunch Time Too!

The “Basket Goddesses” week is winding down. It’s a mad dash to finish….


Above is one of the Boxcar Baskets in progress. Below is Connie’s “exhibit basket” right after the rims have been added and clamped…

Here’s Suzanne’s basket that is next in line for the rims to be “clamped in”…goddess-basket-crunch-exhibit

Here’s Diana’s basket, rims are in and next are the first steps to the handle installation…


Here’s Mr. Basketmaker working on the attachment of the handle to Kathy’s Wine Carrier Basket…


Below is Connie working on installing the first weaver of her small pin cushion basket…


I like this shot because it shows Kathy in action (she’s an ‘on-the-go’ kind of gal)… getting her pin cushion basket off and running…


Here’s Suzanne nailing in her rims right before sundown. And will you look at that pattern! I was a first-hand witness at how challenging this pattern was (my studio/office was a few steps above the weaving area… let’s say I could see, and hear, everything).


The Goddesses were still hard at work in Eric’s workshop even though it was very dark outside…


Here’s a pic I took outside, as I was looking into Eric’s workshop. It was overcast and almost pitch dark except for the light radiating from the window…



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