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?
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.
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.
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.