Jill M. Rohrbach
I love our fireplace, and since today is the first day of autumn, we are getting closer to the need to use it, which is why the basket weaving class at Ozark Folkways
caught my eye. The class is tomorrow (Sept. 24) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You get to choose between making a garden basket, or a hearth basket.
The garden basket is rectangular, woven on a wooden handle, and finished with curl trim. The hearth basket is finished with a braided trim made from round reed, and is a bit more technical to complete.
Actually, since we put in a garden this year, and we have a wood fireplace, the idea of making both baskets appeals to me. But, since I purchased a basket for collecting our vegetables from the garden, (as well as an egg basket for the breakfast treasures from our six chickens), I don’t have a need to make one of those.
Wouldn’t it be fun to have a basket that you made yourself holding kindling on the hearth? If you’re interested in giving it a try, the cost is $35. The tools you will use are craft scissors, tape measure, small flathead screwdriver, water basin, clothespins, pencils, and an old towel. Bring your own sack lunch for this full day of fun. To reserve your space and for more information, contact Ozark Folkways at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 479-634-3791.