Posted by: bschutzgruber | August 20, 2017

AGWSD Summer School – Day 5 and 6

Day 5 – Coiled Baskets and Making Cords
After a late night weaving… with the added exciting entertainment of the sound of heavy helicopters circling and hovering over/near the college campus multiple times as I worked in the wee hours (I kept looking out the window expecting to see floodlights panning the grounds! Apparently there is a military base near by and they were doing night training)… my Friday morning was a bit slow when it came to learning a new basket so I spent my time checking over the lace basket and correcting some weaving errors, getting the ends knotted and taking the basket off the block.

The shifu paper is lovely to work with and I still need to give it a ‘haircut’ and do some finishing work on the ends.

In the afternoon I finished the edge of the Perigord garlic basket.  This one has been woven and unwoven sooooo many times but I think I FINALLY got it and will hold a nice size clove of  garlic.

At this point I was up to starting on the days projects of making cord and doing a coiled basket.  I chose to do a knotted coiled basket using cord and waxed linen thread. By end of day it was about the size of my thumbnail.

 

Day 6 – Last Day
We only have the morning to work on things and Averil gave us one last project to try. We dyed chair cane and worked on a small twill pouch.

  

Then it was time to display all our work for the afternoon walkabout.
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There were 18 courses offered this year and the work that was created was amazing and the felters won the prize for the most creative signage.

Here’s just a taste of what the others did…
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4pm it was back to the workrooms to pack and clean up then it was off to the Gala Dinner.

All in all…. this week has been not only Simply Special as the theme stated…
it was Simply Spectacular!

Next Summer School – Leeds in 2019

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  1. Thanks for posting such a detailed description of Summer School. I’m overwhelmed by the number of basket techniques you learned in just 5 days–well done!


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