Weaving a Picnic Basket with Inkle loom handles
Instructor Ruth Howe has a passion for combining crafts into a finished project, and out of that passion this workshop project was born. The handsome and sturdy 10″ x 13″ picnic basket that you will make in this workshop has a wooden rim and solid wooden elevated base and feet (to protect the handles).
In the first class students choose the accent color for their basket and the complementing colors for the Inkle band. They will then warp an Inkle loom for a 1″ band. (Students will have until the third class to weave the band, at which time it will be woven into place before finishing the basket.)
Ruth Howe is a fiber artist who has had a needle and thread in her hand since the age of five, when she helped embroider her baby brother’s christening gown. She grew up sewing clothes for herself and the porcelain dolls which she also made. Her fascination with fiber expanded to knitting, crocheting and eventually how cloth was made. An orphan loom that needed a home, a one-week weaving class in 1973 and the rest is history.