February 17, 2008
Sweet Grass Basketry
At Nadine Spier's in-home class I learned how to make a basket with sweet grass and waxed linen thread. I can't remember what the center stone is, but the grey and lavender colors attracted me. I love it with the purple thread. My tendency is to overly-secure my work, so I was pulling the thread too tight, causing grass breakage when stitching through the previous row. Gotta loosen up! The technique is time-consuming and fulfilling. This will be a shallow bowl to hang on the wall. Pal Hiromi worked on a similar sweet grass project using a luminous tiger eye center. Our teacher's work is primarily done with pine needles which she grows on her property. After this I want to try working with pine needles too. I wonder if my Mother knows specifically what kinds of pine trees she has in her garden? Maybe I'll use those in my next basket.