Sunday, April 7, 2013

Change of Plans

I have had to come to terms with the fact that my cap is getting too big.  So, I am altering my original design pattern.  I have had to make the tough decision to leave some of my original elements/design out.  I continued to work closely with Verna today on my technique and forever pulling my sticks closer and tighter.  A lot of it has to do with the size of weaver and overlay material.
It is Spring and time to start gathering our materials.  You can feel the excitement in a room full of basketweavers, getting ready for another season of being outdoors by the river and in the mountains gathering our materials to carry us through until next year.  I stopped on my way home to check the willow.  A friendly Forest Service Law Enforcement officer stopped to question me about what I was doing. He was quite curious about my willow sticks in hand.  I smiled and said, “I’m a basketweaver, and it’s time to gather willow.” I explained to him how in the Spring when the plants start to grow and put on new growth, the sap is flowing allowing the bark to peel easily from the sticks.  He smiled, shook my hand and went on his way.
This is what the inside of my cap looks like. 
My materials soaking, waiting for Verna to arrive.

This is what my cap looks like today. 

Peeled a few "test" willow sticks today.

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