Bunny Creek Baskets
Bunny Creek Baskets was born when I had a piece of driftwood that was just begging to be part of a basket. Every time I looked at it, I knew it desperately needed to be part of a basket. Then it hit me. I could use the coiled basket technique I had learned many years ago to create the perfect basket. Everyone who saw it loved it and friends began to ask if I would make them a basket.
As I experimented more and more with different shapes, I realized that my best inspiration came from pottery and from that inspiration yarn pottery evolved. People, including potters, who see my work from a distance think it is ceramic pottery.
I create yarn pottery using a traditional coiled basket technique. However, I use parachute cord and yarn, which are definitely non-traditional materials. In addition to pottery, my inspiration for shapes comes from glass ware and my imagination. I wrap the yarn around the parachute cord core to create the coils that I form into various shapes. If you think that yarn pottery must be floppy since it's made from yarn and parachute cord, you're wrong. I have developed a technique that makes each piece quite strong and rigid. The decorative finishing techniques I use are my own creations. I continually experiment with new shapes and designs.
I use a wide range of yarns to create these treasures; anything from acrylic to silk. As long as I think that the colors will work well and the yarn holds up to being pulled on, I'll try it. I am always on the lookout for a new, unique yarn that I can't wait to turn into an extraordinary piece of art. In fact, my sofa is covered with new yarns I can't wait to try! (Fortunately my husband prefers his recliner, so I can get away with the yarn-covered sofa.)
I always use washable yarn so that you can gently spot clean it if necessary, and so that you can put your yarn pottery on the kitchen or bathroom counter with no worries about getting it wet. That doesn't mean, however, that they are water tight. If you want to put cut flowers into a piece of yarn pottery, just insert a glass jar into it.
I work from my home studio in Yelm, WA.