We are very lucky, at our beautiful school, to have the talents of so many clever people who are willing to share their skills. Yesterday Sonia, the upper primary and high school craft teacher, came to show us how to weave a small basket or disk with sea grass using lazy squaw stitch.
Weaving is taught in class nine and these pictures are a few of the samples Sonia brought along to show us.
It is amazing how much sea grass you use; the tiny little rainbow one in the middle took two metres and the ones with handles about five! They are woven together with an 8ply cotton yarn, except the large rainbow one at the back which Sonia used fleece for (she dyed it, pulled off lengths and then rolled them on her knee til the fleece would fit through her wool needle and away she wove - it was quite fluffy and soft.
Once you get started it is simple and quite meditative, here are some of the efforts of the morning - fabulous aren't they?
I made one of these little baskets a few years ago so wanted to do something a bit different. Remember all those little bees? Well I made them a home, ready for summer. (I had to kinda make it up as I went along but I am pretty please with how it turned out).