it’s no secret that I love a good nantucket style basket and love spotting them in antique malls and vintage shops. but… I told myself I couldn’t add any more to my collection until I made one of my own. so for my birthday last year, Bob and the kids gave me a gift card to take classes at Graymist Studio in Cambridge. but between my schedule, the limited class sizes, and popularity, it’s been really hard to get into any classes but I finally got a few booked for this october.
the shop is gorgeous and filled with so many wonderful handmade items and the basket-making supplies are displayed beautifully. but those 2-hour classes FLY by so I concentrated on weaving and saved the browsing until the end. I chose to make a 5” basket with a cherry lid and can honestly say that all you need are 3 workshops. Akemi is the incredibly patient instructor who moves between the four students, working on four different projects, at four different skill levels, and offers hands-on help the entire time.
there’s some technique involved but once you get to the weaving it’s pretty meditative. I was originally thinking that I’d make the one and be done but I have an idea and it’s going to take a bunch more workshops. 😬 it’s by no means an inexpensive hobby/craft but they’re truly heirlooms.
classes are in the Graymist
shop every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 - 11:00a. again, they fill up REAL quick but the next month’s classes are posted at the end of each month so good luck!