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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Basket Weaving

Last autumn I took a basket making course, every sunday over 5 weeks. It's something I've always wanted to try, it was a great distraction from everyday life and it was very satisfying to finish the course with something I had made in my hands. Come to think of it, that's what started me on the whole cushion making thing: I hadn't done anything like it for a long time and I wanted more!

Where I live, in Central Italy, we are still not far removed from the times when craft was a matter of practical life, as opposed to a passtime. Gianni, our teacher, makes baskets and sells them at local markets, people use them bacause they are still the most practical thing: they're light and let air circulate, protecting your fruit or mushrooms or whatever is inside.

Gianni told a story about a time when he was walking along a river bed with his father. They came accross a tomato plant growing wild, full of ripe tomatoes. They had nothing to put them in so his father promptly got to work making a basket.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Starfish Pillow

Every week I'm going to be highlighting one of my designs, first up is the Starfish Pillow.
Like most of my designs it was inspired by the natural forms of starfish, as well as the lovely blue and turquoise shades of felt. For a summery feel the main body of the pillow is in fresh white cotton.

If I ever have a beach house, this pillow is going in it!

For more information and photos just check out my Etsy shop.