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Re: tickled that we are back onl line: the grapefruit basket


From: Karen Chilman (ChilArt_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 13 2003 - 09:29:40 PDT

Would love to see pictures!
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  From: Randy Menninghaus
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  Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2003 12:00 AM
  Subject: tickled that we are back onl line: the grapefruit basket

  Earlier this summer I had my Art teacher friends over for an end of the year celebration. I had heard of the "grapefruit" basket and asked a friend to demonstrate. I had a variety of basket making bits that some one had donated . This was an amazing little craft experience. The success level was very high. Large grapefruits work best, and I suspect watermelons, cantaloupes and other fruits and veggies, large rocks etc. that have an interesting shape. You wet the reed. We used a lot of fairly thin round reed cut in about 2 yard lengths. One begins by looping around the center of the grape fruit ( I would pull and go in opposite direction) There is no traditional weaving but following the form and just trying to get enough tension on the reed., You can go under and over certain intersections I found I use a half hitch to gain tension. When you run out of reed tuck it in and start again. After a while you begin to leave abut a 1/3 unwoven. that's where you pop the grapefruit out. you can take it out as soon as you have enough structure that there seems to be a form started. We used a variety of other materials yarns, ribbons, dried plant materials feathers. We used really large rocks as well, but you had to really flex to get the rock out. Once the basket is free from the grapefruit... you go in and weave as much as you like I picked intersections and did spider webby things. I would recommend getting two or three people together and experimenting. I have some jpg's available and could send images to people who would like visuals. I am planning to use it as a nontraditional basket with my Art 3 students this fall. Randy in central Maine