by Marsha Leavitt
Email: marsha at mlbasketdesigns.com
* Unique baskets and art from paper, pine needles, reed and other natural materials
* Basket weaving classes
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I have been teaching basket weaving for many years with infinite patience and guaranteed results. Check out examples of baskets students have woven - click on the Menu tab (top left) and select Student Baskets page.
During the Covid pandemic: I will be fully vaccinated by April 4. Yippee!!! Hoping to start teaching again. I had to give up my studio so will be teaching at home (on my screen porch). Maximum of 4 students at a time. Let me know you are interested and we can schedule at your convenience!
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Fabulous student work from a pine needle class
The latest in the art category
Title: Opposites Attract
In the Art category - North Meets South:
Northern ash, likens, and bracket fungus meets Southern palm, pine and philodendron
And some more art sold
Just spent 3 days at the PA Gourd Festival. I made these 4 gourds. I carved, braided, couched, dyed, wove, coiled, wood burned, gold leaf, strung and sawed my way through 4 classes. What a blast!!! June 2019
These hangers are quite fun to make. I'm working on a dragon right now.
This 3 are from the Northeast Basketmakers Guild annual Gathering April 27 -29 2018
With my travels in Feb and March 2018 I haven't been weaving very much lately. However this "Creature from the Deep" joined my pine needle (and gourd) creations this winter.
These new baskets are a collaboration of several people. They are made from pieces of cherry given to me by a friend, woodburned design by my partner, walnut slices cut by another friend, pine needles needles gathered by a third friend and iris leaves from my garden. I love the community effort!
Coiling with pine needles and Siberian iris leaves.
Some stay-at-home creations. I am definitely keeping busy. Thank goodness I can go up to the studio. *Sadly had to give up the studio. My tiny house is now jammed with stuff. Hasn't stopped me from creating!!
Paper basket are colorful and quite strong. I use many in the studio and at home for holding all sorts of materials.
I'm playing with paper again.
This basket makes me think of a boat.
This pine needle basket is titled Ocean. This basket won 3rd place in the professional division at the NBG Gathering 2018. Very proud!!
Title: Catching Stars
Pine needle built on a ceramic base with waxed linen
knot-less netting and bead "stars".
This wall hanging is made from palm inflorescence.
This basket is a collaboration with a ceramic artist whose studio is next to mine. He made the base and the top is pine needles with philodendron sheath "flowers". Titled: Emergence