Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Oh, What Wonderful Baskets We Weave!

By Junior, of Junior's Farm
MPL Special Feline Correspondent,
Arts & Crafts News Beat

Baskets From Junior's Farm held two successful basket weaving classes in the Bonita Marley Community Room at Mooresville Public Library last Saturday (March 12) and today (March 16).  Participants enjoyed learning to create a craft 'n carry basket with nothing but reed, chewing gum, and a hairpin.  (Okay, I made up those last two things.)  Reed of various shapes and sizes, along with some kinda rope-like thing, were the only materials necessary to create these functional and attractive baskets.

Courtesy of Scowl-Face, here are some marginally acceptable photos of last Saturday's session.  All persons pictured have graciously permitted us to post these photos.

Corky Mayo and The Lady With the Red Hair wrestle with a tough weave

MPL Staffer Nancy Cassidy reinforces some colorful loops
 MPL Staffer Donna Miller ensures that her basket has a sturdy bottom

 The baskets steadily progress!

 From reed to riches, basket-wise

I readily admit that basket weaving seems incomprehensibly difficult to me.  How these ladies are able to take a bundle of reed strips and intertwine them to create a completely useful household item is magical and truly amazing.  But they assured this reporter that it is not as tough as it looks.  Once one learns how to prepare the reed and handle its intricate interlacing, then the basket just leaps together.  You're done before you know it.

Baskets From Junior's Farm plans to hold additional basket weaving classes at the Library, so check our online calendar periodically (or call us at [317] 831-7323--ask for Meghan), or drop us an email at to check for future class scheduling.  Try it for yourself!  You'll have fun, and you'll create something uniquely your own, and beautiful, for good measure.

Wishing I could weave but will settle for sleeping in a basket,

Junior, of Junior's Farm
(Jeune de la Ferme de Jeune)
MPL Special Correspondent
Arts & Crafts News Beat

P.S.  Click here to enjoy "Goodnight, Irene," a wonderful song by Lead Belly (real name, Huddie William Ledbetter), which was covered by the legendary American folk musical group, The Weavers.  Here's the URL, if the previous hyperlink goes on the fritz.  (There's political stuff on the website, too, but you may prefer to disregard it.  Or not.  Your choice.  But watch the video--it is a stellar performance by a truly great folk quartet.)
P.P.S.  Cauli Le Chat wants me to add that she calls Nancy "Touch-Tone Lady" and Donna "Super Sub."  She has her reasons, presumably.  Cauli is a deep lake to plumb, and her logic baffles people and felines alike.  Mostly people.


  1. Jeune,

    I was going to call Nancy "Touch-Tone Sally," a roundabout reference to the song title, "Mustang Sally," but MPL already has its own Sally, who is an artist, and whose special "Cauli" name is Saillie de la Aquarelles.

  2. Cauli,

    Not to nitpick, but your French is straight out of Google Translater.

  3. Hey, MPL Readers' Advisory Person,

    Literal translation is "Sally of the Watercolors." In French, it's poetry. Even in English, it has a resplendent glow.

  4. Junior,

    What about the basket handles? These, plus the reed, were the requisite materials.

  5. Hey, MPL Readers' Advisory Person,

    It's spelled "translator." See the big books by what used to be ready reference at the Library? Those are dictionaries. You can check spelling with them.

    If you don't check your spelling, I won't let you use that Blog log-in again. It's called tough love.


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