Dates to look out for

Fender, Scottish Fisheries Museum

8th-12th July Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride, including: 8th July Tattie sculls and ropes 9th July Horse ‘woodies’ and hairst knots 10th July Fruit baskets and punnets 11th July SWRI reminiscence event 12th July Rural heritage reminiscence afternoon   …Continue reading “Dates to look out for”

Report from Woven Communities 2 July 8th 2016

SBC basketeers with creels on Lewis

We have now done all the research sessions in our partner museums – this constitutes the first stage of phase 2 of the Woven Communities project. Dawn and Steph went to the Highland Folk Museum at the end of April, …Continue reading “Report from Woven Communities 2 July 8th 2016”

Events at the Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

Reminiscense Day Flyer

You are invited to a Basketry Reminiscence Afternoon at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride on Tuesday 12th July 2016. Bring a Basket! The afternoon will include: a talk about baskets in rural life a basketmaking demonstration a …Continue reading “Events at the Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride”

Woven Communities 2: the Warp and the Weft gets new funding

John White making an Ose basket frame. School of Scottish Studies,1959

Great news! In late February, the Woven Communities team – Liz, Julie Dawn and Steph – learned that we had been funded by the AHRC to do phase 2 of the Woven Communities project. This means that we can take …Continue reading “Woven Communities 2: the Warp and the Weft gets new funding”

Grace Darling’s domestic baskets

Grace Darling brothers basket 3

Grace Darling’s role in saving lives after a shipwreck on the Farne Islands is well known and a National Lifeboat Museum has a collection of items associated with her at Bamburgh.  As well as the fishing cobble in which she …Continue reading “Grace Darling’s domestic baskets”

Newhaven Fishwife’s back creel

Liz fishwives 1

Newhaven Fishwife’s Back Creel  Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’? They’re bonnie fish and halesome farin’; Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’, New drawn frae the Forth? When ye were sleepin’ on your pillows, Dream’d ye aught o’ our puir fellows, Darkling …Continue reading “Newhaven Fishwife’s back creel”

Bannock baskets – some questions

Bannock basket Arachle, Argyll. Highland Folk Museum

Our recent conversation with Denise Franck – see last blog – brought up some new questions about bannock baskets. I had always thought that these were small bread-baskets, used to hold bread on the table at mealtimes. Go to many …Continue reading “Bannock baskets – some questions”

Grandma Hailstone’s well-travelled basket


Basket correspondence with Denise Franck, September 2015. ‘The basket … was owned by my Scottish great-great grandmother from Muiravonside, Scotland, possibly 1850′s. The basket was damaged, but I was hoping to glean some information that would help me understand our …Continue reading “Grandma Hailstone’s well-travelled basket”

Willow, horse harnesses and a gaelic saying

  Sometimes languages have sayings in them that originate from past times when life was different. Apparently the gaelic language has such a saying originating from when horses were used for transport and their harnesses were made from willow ‘Is …Continue reading “Willow, horse harnesses and a gaelic saying”

Making oak swills

swill course

Those of us lucky enough to get a place on the oak swill course in Arbroath in October were in for a treat. It involved new tools, techniques and materials to most of us. It was a fascinating insight into …Continue reading “Making oak swills”