Our first winner in the 17th Century Traditional Basket category is Joanna Enzmann of Massachusetts, she used a second boarder of woven beads in a sampler alphabet to embellish her basket. As Joanna mentioned, there just wasn't enough room for the last letter - Z - around the piece. But no matter, it is lovely!
Katie Strachan (she entered twice) won a copy of Robe for her entry called Anniversary Basket. Katie
This basket was inspired by the themes of love and courting couples on many historic baskets. It made me think that a basket might be the perfect gift for an important anniversary. In the 17th century baskets were made by young girls celebrating young, beginning love – an engagement, perhaps a marriage or a christening. It seemed fitting that so many years later, a decorated basket would be made to celebrate love fulfilled – my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary.
In designing this basket I adapted historic elements – netted bottom and sides, sprays of peyote stitched flowers and leaves decorating the interior of the basket – to the modern tastes of the recipient. I was inspired specifically by the MFA Boston basket (fittingly, labeled as a “gift basket”), its slightly darker color scheme and the sparkle of the beads. The first elements I beaded for my basket – the pair of
You can see how her flowers can be put into the basket in multiple ways in the following photos. I also added a close up of the rose which I really liked! The folding of a beaded formation was really neat!
More winners tomorrow!