A Rope Coiling We Must Go

A week on Rope Coils…. Continuing to work on baskets for Christmas orders and having a couple of Rope Coils on order I decided to spend the rest of the week working on others for stock. Still love making this robust, chunky, arty style of basket. Not quite sure where the technique itself originates. The […]

Willows, willows, lovely willows

  Very pleased with these large garden baskets which I made last week, three for the U.S and three for stock (two sold already). I used 5 different willows in them, Petite Grisette, Nigricians, Faucille, Belge Rouge and Dickie Meadows. The willows were all at their best and worked perfectly, despite being harder to make […]

Issigeac Foire Paniers Vannerie

Great day at this renowned and very well attended basketry festival in the Perigord Poupre. Issigeac is a bastide town in the Dordogne and hosts the Foire Paniers Vannerie every year on the third Sunday of July. We have attended every year since living in France and this year there were around 40 basketmakers from […]

Willow Basket Making Courses and Basket Market, Bouxurulles. Vosges.

Spent a productive 4 days in Bouxurulles, Vosges, France. Great to meet up with some old basketmaking friends and make some new contacts with students. Taught an Asparagus basket on day one using the English stake up method and ‘blunt, square corners’. Eight very capable French students. Vegetable gatherer on day two with the English […]

Anglia News Comes to the Dordogne

  With Brexit on everyone’s lips, we were approached by Anglia TV to ask if we would take part in a short film for the Anglia News about expats in Europe and how Brexit was likely to impact on us.  Natalie Gray spent the day with us filming both our home and work life.  Obviously, […]