Julie Gurr-Willowweaver

Contemporary and Traditional Basketry

Author: Julie (page 2 of 3)

Baskets From Found Materials Week 14 – Moss and Wool

This week as in week 5 I used hair moss that I collected on Arran……

Hair Moss

Hair Moss

…….together with some odd strands of wool that I found at home.

Strands of Wool

Strands of Wool

I made the moss into rope and coiled it into a bowl shape sowing the coils together with the wool. The result was very nice!

Basket from Hair Moss and Wool

Basket from Hair Moss and Wool

 

Baskets From Found Materials Week 13 – More Telephone Wire

This week I am using telephone wire again.

 

Shallow Basket made from Telephone Wires

Shallow Basket made from Telephone Wires

I guess now that everything is wireless we do not have such a need for telephone cables and, this week, I still had lots left after making baskets with them last week, and the week before. Like last week I stripped these down to reveal several multicoloured wires.

Multicoloured Telephone Wires

Multicoloured Telephone Wires

As I was pleased with last week’s basket I decided to use the same random weave style. I wanted to refine my technique and see if I could control the shape to make it wider and shallower. I also decided to be more selective with the coloured wires I used and went for a ‘rasta’ feel with red, yellow, green, and black.

Shallow Basket made from Telephone Wires

Shallow Basket made from Telephone Wires

The result was indeed shallower and wider, and also accidentally ended up with an interesting kidney bean shape!

Looking down on the telephone wire basket

Looking down on the basket

 

 

 

Baskets From Found Materials Week 12 – Telephone Wire

Basket From Telephone Wire

Basket From Telephone Wire

You may remember that last week I made a basket using some old telephone cables. I still had loads of these left over and so decided to see if I could find a further use for them. I peeled off the plastic cable coating of one to see what was inside.

coiled baskets 225Four fine wires, themselves with a plastic coating were revealed and each was a different colour. Amazing!

Telephone Cable Showing Multicoloured Wires Inside

Telephone Cable Showing Multicoloured Wires Inside

I found that other cables had different coloured wires inside and so ended up with red, green, black, white, yellow, blue, and gold wires. Experimenting with these I ended up with a small, multicoloured, random weave basket.

Basket From Telephone Wire

Basket From Telephone Wire

Definitely something I would like to experiment with more!

Baskets From Found Materials Week 11 – Telephone Cable and Garden Tie Wire

I have just recently moved home and while packing found some old cables and wires stored at the back of cupboards. I thought these would be useful for baskets in the future and rather than throwing them out decided to keep them. I have used some of them for this weeks basket.

Basket made from Telephone Cable and Garden Tie Wire

Basket made from Telephone Cable and Garden Tie Wire

I used a length of telephone cable…..

Telephone Cables

Telephone Cables

……coiled around and tied with garden tie wire …….

Garden Tie Wire

Garden Tie Wire

……to create a small basket.

Basket made from Telephone Cable and Garden Tie Wire

Basket made from Telephone Cable and Garden Tie Wire

The twist of the wire between the coils of telephone cable creates an open weave and quite an interesting effect.

Looking Down on Telephone Cable Basket

Looking Down on Telephone Cable Basket

I ran out of the garden tie wire but if I had more I could continue this technique to make a larger basket.

Baskets From Found Materials Week 10 – Fish Net and Other Stuff

Fish Net Basket

Fish Net Basket

This week I used an old fish net that I found on the beach as the main framework for the basket.

Old Fish Net Found On The Beach

Old Fish Net Found On The Beach

The net was made into a cylindrical shape and then string made from natural materials found on Arran, plus strands of beach rope, were woven randomly into it. Here are some of the materials I used.

Seaweed

Seaweed

Cordyline Trees

Cordyline Leaves

Hair Moss

Hair Moss

Rope Found on the Beach

Rope Found on the Beach

The result was a hanging basket about 10 inches deep.

Fish Net Basket

Fish Net Basket

 

 

Baskets From Found Materials Week 9 – Rushes and Carpet

Basket made from Carpet Thread and Rush Rope

Basket made from Carpet Thread and Rush Rope

This week I used some more of the rope made from rushes that I used for the basket in week 6.

Rope Made From Field Rush

Rope Made From Field Rush

I also used part of some old strips of carpet found in a skip.

Strip Of Carpet

Strip Of Carpet

I removed strips of synthetic thread, from the woven back of the carpet, in order to get a material that I could use for sowing.

Synthetic Thread Removed From Carpet Strips

Lengths of Synthetic Thread Removed From Carpet Strips

This proved to be a great material for holding the rush rope together in coils to create a small basket.

Basket made from Carpet Thread and Rush Rope

Basket made from Carpet Thread and Rush Rope

 

 

 

Baskets From Found Materials Week 8 – Electrical Wire

Basket Made From Electrical Wire

Basket Made From Electrical Wire

This week I have been clearing out my house because I am moving soon. I found a load of old electrical leads that I had kept because I thought they might be useful one day.

A Selection Of Old Electrical Leads

A Selection Of Old Electrical Leads

Of course every new appliance that you buy has a lead along with it so I never needed them for electricity. But they looked like they might be perfect for turning into a basket! First of all I stripped off the outer plastic layer of the cable to reveal the three coloured inner wires.

Three Inner Wires Inside The Electric Cable

Three Inner Wires Inside The Electric Cable

Then I started the basket with a circle of wire around which I looped more wire, coiling the looping stitch around itself until the basket was the desired shape and size.

Basket made from looped Electrical Wire

Basket Made From Looped Electrical Wire

The result was a good fruit bowl sized basket.

Baskets From Found Materials Week 7 – Tinsel and Cardboard

Well, my basket this week is very seasonal.

A very Christmassy Basket

A very Christmassy Basket

The main structure of the basket comes from a section of an empty Pringles tube. The cardboard tube was cut to length and then the sides were divided into sixteen strips.

Pringles Tube cut into strips

Pringles Tube cut into strips

This was woven with some tinsel and a length of gold beads that I had left over from my Christmas decorations.

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

The result is an amazingly sparkly basket. Just right for this time of year!

Basket made from a Pringles Packet and Christmas Decorations

Basket made from a Pringles Packet and Christmas Decorations

Happy Christmas Everyone!

 

Baskets From Found Materials Week 6 – Rush and Rope

This week I made a basket using rope made out of rushes and some bits of synthetic rope I found when clearing out my loft.

The rushes I used are soft (or field rush) which grows on wet bits of land.

Soft Rush - Juncus Effuses

Soft Rush – Juncus Effuses

This was made into rope and then I used a tying technique with the orange bits of rope to make a small basket.

Basket made from Rush and Rope

Basket made from Rush and Rope

 

Baskets From Found Materials Week 5 – Moss and Grass

This week I went back to using natural materials rather than man made and made another tiny basket about 2 inches high.

I used hair moss which grows in clumps and has stems up to two foot long. Hair moss grows on wet, boggy ground and so there is an abundance of it on the Isle of Arran where I live.

Hair Moss

Hair Moss

The moss was coiled and sown with lengths of this ornamental grass I have growing in my garden

Ornamental Grass

Ornamental Grass

Here is the final result

Basket Made From Hair Moss And Grass

Basket Made From Hair Moss And Grass

 

 

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