Last week I decided to make my friend Margot a belated birthday gift. She is very crafty herself and I wanted to make her something handmade so I thought I would have a go at wrapping rocks with basket material. I have literally been collecting rocks for years and have jars and jars full of them. Plus I used to be a basket maker and have a plethora of unused reed that has not seen the light of day since we moved here twelve years ago.
I have had this idea in my head since I saw the work of Del Webber on Artisaway.com (if you haven't visited Elsa Mora's website you must go!). Del's craftsmanship is amazing and I would love to learn how to do some of the more complicated wrapping techniques.
As you can see below I ended up making three so far, but hopefully this is only the beginning. I would like to experiment with working in metal pieces or buttons.
I also loved photographing these. Everything came together perfectly. I have owned (and never used) these place mats for years and my mom had just given us a flower arrangement for our anniversary that included chrysanthemums. It is so much fun to arrange all the elements and to see how they interact and come together to create something totally new. Also, the light on the back porch was lovely and although you can't hear it through the photos, cicadas were singing in the background. The photo below is one of my favorites...maybe because it reminds me of a piece of sushi.
As I was weaving around the rock below it reminded me of making God's eyes when I was young. I can still picture my awkward and wonky creation hanging on the family room wall. I think it hung there for decades.
I usually like to end with a quote but I couldn't find anything that perfectly suited this post so I wrote a short poem.
Around smooth stones
I spin cocoons
The stone and I transform