Southern Scotland extends eastwards across from Wigtownshire through Dumfries and the Borders to East Lothian. It includes both some of the most fertile agricultural regions and also the most important urban centres in Scotland. As with other lowland parts of Scotland, working baskets such as tattie sculls predominated in rural areas, while towns and cities developed a need for baskets for transport, industry, and in urban housing. This  was therefore the main area where basket works developed and baskets were sometimes made in very large numbers to satisfy these needs.

National Museum of Rural Life, Kittochside

By Stephanie Bunn 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 …Continue reading “National Museum of Rural Life, Kittochside”

Woven split wood basketry

Spale basket side-view, Hope MacDougall Collection

This basket has a huge variety of names. These include tatty baskets , tatty swales, oak swales, oak spales, spale-oak, scuttle, slop, skelk, wisket, spelk, swill, skep, skulls or sculls. It seems that some were made in Scotland but mainly they were made in the Lakes in the …Continue reading “Woven split wood basketry”

Dumfries Museum by Julie Gurr

Earlier this year I arranged to view baskets that were held by Dumfries Museum. When I told them about the research on basketry being done by the Scottish Basketmakers’ Circle the staff at the museum were extremely helpful and collected …Continue reading “Dumfries Museum by Julie Gurr”