Monday, February 23, 2009

Woodland Weaver

Woodland Weaver has been a loom weaver for 26 years. She lives in a quiet corner of Essex County, in a Carolinian woodland. During her weaving career, she has woven hundreds of rugs, scarves, towels, etc., always aiming for unique designs and colour combinations.

She has always dabbled in baskets, and every time there was a basket workshop at a weaving conference, she would take the class, because she was fascinated by the 3-D and textural feel of basketry. After joining the Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild a few years ago, she has been able to further develop a love for basketry, and actually feels she almost knows what she is doing some of the time. But like learning complicated weave structures for the loom, basketry is never simple, and is an endless learning experience. With the kind donation of willow cuttings from a fellow basketmaker, she has started her own willow bed at the edge of the pond, and had a reasonable harvest this past fall, despite the rabbits. Woodland Weaver took on the job of WeaveScape editor for the basketry guild in 2008.

Woodland Weaver's husband is retiring in a couple of years and her 4 sons are slowly leaving the nest. They have bought another woodland home in southwestern Nova Scotia, and are looking forward to moving there in a few years. The new willow bed will be planted this spring, and Woodland Weaver looks forward to many years of weaving anything and everything, overlooking the sunsets on the Sable River.

1 comment:

willows3_us said...

Hi fellow basket makers,
Time is flying by and it will soon be time for our March meeting. I'm looking forward to sharing my gourd coiling techniques with you. It's a great way to learn how to use your basket-making and weaving skills.
See you soon.