Author Archives: Steph

Information from David Chappell

A recent email message from David Chappell, who had been looking at the site, included a photo of his great great grandfather James Yates from Culross making what seem to be round egg or shopping baskets.  Images like this are …Continue reading “Information from David Chappell”

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Ceramic Fishwives of the Forth Littoral

From about 1750 until the 1930s Scotland’s potteries were producing utilitarian and decorative wares including fishermen and fisherwives.Continue reading “Ceramic Fishwives of the Forth Littoral”

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The Mystery of the Woven Cane Coastguard Helmets

A few years ago I was asked to make a replica of a cane coastguards helmet that the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum had on display. They wanted a replica that they could use on school visits and that the …Continue reading “The Mystery of the Woven Cane Coastguard Helmets”

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Julie visits Arran Heritage Museum, November 2012

Visit to Isle of Arran Heritage Museum Last week I spent a day at Isle of Arran Heritage museum to see what I could find out about the use of baskets on Arran, where I live, and also to see …Continue reading “Julie visits Arran Heritage Museum, November 2012”

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SBC Autumn gathering, Lewis, 16-21st October 2012

Participants of the Creel course, Lionel, Isle of Lewis 2012

Members of the Scottish Basketmakers Circle came from many places and travelled many miles to arrive at the very northerly point of the Isle of Lewis. This was to attend one of three courses on offer plus the AGM.Our accommodation …Continue reading “SBC Autumn gathering, Lewis, 16-21st October 2012”

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The Woven Communities Symposium August 29th-30th

WEDNESDAY, 29 AUGUST 2012 Day One at the ‘Woven Communities’ basketry symposium I’ve been lucky enough to take a few days off work to travel up to Scotland for a two day symposium on basketmaking at the University of St. …Continue reading “The Woven Communities Symposium August 29th-30th”

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At last the Plata Mhuillin, Leith Customs House August 9th

Collected by Erskine Beveridge, the plata mhuillin or plata shil from Heisker, or the Monach Isles, had an old brown label inside suggesting that this wonderful grain basket, so densely woven that it protected its contents from sea and spay, …Continue reading “At last the Plata Mhuillin, Leith Customs House August 9th”

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Research trip to Shetland, 2-7th August 2012

Steph and Jon were due to fly to Shetland on 2nd August and spend Thursday afternoon and all Friday with Ian Tait from the museum, looking at material in the stores. The plan was to follow this with a trip …Continue reading “Research trip to Shetland, 2-7th August 2012”

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Leith Customs House 26th July

Today, Lyndsay and Irene Mackay were in the stores. Irene is a former curator of the National Museum, who really systematised the basketry collection. The photographs we feature on this site from NMS were all commissioned in her time, and …Continue reading “Leith Customs House 26th July”

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Kittochside – the National Museum of Rural Life. A visit with Lise Bech, 25th July

The National Museum of Rural Life lies south of Glasgow, in the Central Belt and is a part of the National Museum of Scotland. It has been built up on what was formerly a working farm, and so in many …Continue reading “Kittochside – the National Museum of Rural Life. A visit with Lise Bech, 25th July”

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