Two days with guest instructor, Dolores von Rosen and learning to create her own hexagonal overlay weave market basket, what could be better? A class of 14 students set to work adding stakes to a large oval wooden base. As members worked through the process, a unique basket emerged.
A few of the students with their finished baskets.
Since there was a limit of 14 for Dolores' class, an additional one day workshop was offered to accommodate other guild members. They wove a large market basket in gorgeous colours hand dyed by instructor, Linda Dobinson. Some had finished their basket by the end of the day, quite an accomplishment.
Here is an excerpt from an account written by member Ruth Ann Wilhelm and published in the guild newsletter, WeaveScape.
As I was working at weaving the hexagonal outer wall of the basket that Dolores von Rosen, our friend from South Carolina, had been teaching, I felt joy in seeing the coming together, the understanding of how the spoke-weavers intermingled to become the final product. It was a moment of delight! I quietly shared the thought with Maggie, saying that I didn’t want to say it out loud when others were struggling with broken spokes. But the truth is that I, too, had the same problem with two of my spokes and did the repair work. Those broken spokes did not dim the creative pleasure of it all coming together. And as we laughed about it the whole group knew my feelings!
There was the Rainbow Market Basket made by Linda, to be filled with goodies from the rest of us, as our donation to the facility that is our home for creativity once a month. I love it!
Some of the other talk in the room made reference to the grey hairs…too bad that there are not more young women to join us…and maybe they will when their hair turns and they have time after finishing child-rearing. Maybe they’ll follow in their mothers’ creative footsteps as some of us have done.
There is the comforting and solid stream of connection through the ages, women creating, sharing, giving…and the wonder of each and all of our “new” creations of the day!