5 Reasons to be PASSIONATE about Basketry

Basketry | Jill Choate Basketry

After almost 30 years of weaving over and under I have to ask myself WHY have I stayed with basketry?  Here's what I came up with....

  • First off, basketry is meditative.  Nothing better than listening to a good book on tape on weaving the hours away in the studio. 
     

  • Secondly, basketry is pure creative flow.  I love the inspiration process of coming up with a new basket design and the math required behind making the design happen.   Once I've figured it out in MY brain how do I convey that knowledge to others in a manner that they will understand? 
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  • Third, basketry is FUN!  Give me a group of women, a potluck, and a basket project and we're in for a fun day of enjoying a girls day out mini-retreat.
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  • Fourth, basketry is like woven love.  Personally, I love to give and receive hand crafted gifts.  Whether it's a basket, a quilt, or something that is hand knitted there is always a story and lots of love behind the gift.  To me those types of gifts are my are my most treasured items.

Basketry | Jill Choate Basketry

  • Fifth, every basketry project is a one of a kind.  If 5 people make the same basket each one of them will be unique.   Every basket maker knows  a store bought basket is just not the same thing.

To sum it up basketry is STILL just a lot of fun time spent with friends sharing and gaining knowledge at the same time.  

Here's some ways to join me in class:

  1. Join us for the Western Pleasure Basket Retreat.  CLICK HERE for info.

  2. Host a workshop with your group or guild.  CLICK HERE for info.

  3. Schedule a one-on-one Studio class.  CLICK HERE for info. 

  4. Take an online course through Teachable (coming this fall).  



        Jill Choate
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        2 Responses

        Jill
        Jill

        September 05, 2019

        John Zasada, I stand corrected! I have many men weavers in class and did not mention them in this article. Sound weavers and very dedicated to the craft even though they don’t harvest their own materials to my knowledge. – JMC

        john zasada
        john zasada

        September 05, 2019

        to bad you don’t mention that men can and do enjoy basketry in your 5 points—-and maybe a much purer style as the male basket makers i know harvest all of their own materials from plants in their area. to me it is the whole process that really counts—-find materials, harvest, process/store, and weave—-and understand how all this is done sustainably. i know that you are familiar with all that it takes to make baskets with materials from the “wild”. but do you tell the women that take your classes how the materials they use is harvested etc?
        i do enjoy your emails and one day might even venture west for a class……thanks

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