Lockdown week 2

Our basketry tutor at City Lit managed to send through some photos and instructions on coiling around a solid core. I ordered some sash cord online and have a plentiful stash of knitting yarns, so here are a couple of samples.

Starting and finishing is the trickiest – I need more practice on this!

Does this pattern look familiar? Not that I’m obsessed or anything! 😉

I also managed to finish another straw vessel for the exhibition “In Search of (Im)possibilities”, whenever it happens (see last post). This one is random weave with a coiled border.

In the garden, spring continues to progress. Last week I spotted what I thought was a furry ginger bee with a long proboscis feeding on the forget me nots. (You can see my video on Instagram.)

Image: Richard Bartz

Turns out it’s a bee-fly, which is a parasite. The fly larva fastens on to a real bee grub and sucks all the fluids out of it. However, it apparently has little impact on bee numbers, and it’s fascinating to watch.

Ever Supportive Partner has been working from home, and his stained glass classes have been cancelled. With no other outlet for his creative urges, he’s taken to wiring together all the offcuts of my cane platters. I think I may have competition! 🙂

Finally, this week’s kimono from the Victoria and Albert exhibition is an outer kimono (uchikake) that would have been worn over another kimono. The long sleeves mean the weater was young and unmarried.

Dating from the early 19th century, the kimono is made of silk satin and combines shibori, paste resist dyeing (yuzen), and silk embroidery.

Stay well!


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9 thoughts on “Lockdown week 2”

  1. Glad you’re keeping busy and you got some of your classwork. I thought I would have my next class cancelled but we’re going to use Zoom to meet. Should be interesting. Love everything you’re creating and I like that repeat pattern 🙂

  2. It is good to keep busy. I really like your coiled mats. I have a penchant for round things and curves. You may be right about your partner giving you some competition. His sculptures are great. I would have those in the garden. My partner is not a creative, but he has taken to going to the woods and collecting firewood from the bits of trees they left lying around after some logging where we walk the dogs. I now have parts of tree stumps placed strategically around my very small garden. 🙂

  3. Kim you’ve certainly been busy producing your lovely blue & white coiled mat (great pattern) & your straw vessel. ESP’s work is good & must be an encouragement for you.

  4. Your basketry course is certainly providing you with a variety of tasks Kim. Love the blue and white piece. You’ll have to find a way of slowing down ESPs progress. Is he doing ALL the shopping and cooking yet???
    I’m enjoying having time to do some decorating jobs around the house, using up existing materials, so making do with what I’ve got – my complete loss of income means I can’t risk sending off for 3 rolls of stunning wallpaper @£90 a roll 😫 Also doing some embroidery, then today my Flamenco teacher begins daily Flamenco Fitness classes on Zoom! Should be fun 💃🏻💃🏻

    1. Haha – sadly ESP is not doing all the shopping and cooking yet, but I’ll keep working on it! 🙂

      I think a lot of people (including me) are using this time as an opportunity to find out what they have in their stash (I knew it would come in useful some day!). Your daily flamenco fitness classes sound fun. I might have to resort to getting my bike fixed! 😉

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