I love it when i get an email like this:
"The package came today...The basket is everything I could have hoped for. It is so beautiful....Ruth"
Another memory. My favorite part about making horsehair baskets is not the coiling...nor the finished basket. It is not the amazement and excitement of people finding a tiny basket dangling from my phone...it is when someone receives their Memory Basket.
Ruth told me last year about her beautiful longtime friend, Lady. They had a wonderful relationship, the kind that comes from love and trust. When I heard that Lady had died, I was very sad. Ruth's blogpost about her loss had me sobbing, but smiling, too. What wonderful memories Ruth had of her companion!
I was hoping she would contact me to let me make a memory basket for her in remembrance of Lady, and she did. An artist, Ruth had definite ideas about what she wanted, a great sense of color and style, and I felt so privileged to be entrusted with Lady's tail hair.
Having just taught a class in random weave (bird's nest style) basketry at the North Carolina Basketmaker's Association convention, I told my students i would show them more pictures of the Cat Hidey-Hole or Small Animal Bed.
(This was one of the baskets they had a choice of weaving in the class.)
Woven of pullit vine rattan, which resembles bamboo.
The open spaces allow the cat to see through, and for you to hang toys or fibers, if you wish. It is minimalist and airy, open and yet gives your furry little friend a nook to rest in.
Sometimes two little friends. Great in the garden or living room. Put a towel inside, or visit LittleKittysVille to order your own custom cushion!
I am a fiber artist, wife, and mother. My Catching the Moon series of weavings is largely about my life and the pursuit of dreams. See my Catching the Moon series on my website. I generally use basketry techniques, but love to mix media and techniques. I also use this blog to highlight my online guild, The Pine Needle Group (www.PineNeedleGroup.com )Thanks for reading my blog!