We had a great workshop with Jackie Abrams over two days (she had condensed a five day workshop into two days for us). 

Jackie is an extremely experienced and competent basket tutor from rural Vermont in the US. It is her first visit to UK but she has taught in US, Australia, NZ and Africa. The cathead basket (which Jackie has developed in paper) is derived from the 19th century Shakers and named because of the corners of the base which make the basket, when turned upside down, look like the head of a cat with pointy ears.

We started by painting both sides of 360 gsm Arches watercolour paper with acrylic paint.

When this was dry, we cut it into strips with the aid of a pasta machine!The strips were two different sizes, one for the base and stakes and the thinner ones for the weavers.

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