Announcement Welcome to Granny's Basket Shop! I craft each of these practical and beautiful baskets by hand. All my baskets are individually dyed using stain made by crushing walnuts and soaking them until the color is perfect, creating a warm, rustic appearance. I sometimes incorporate colored weavers or hand-painted designs into certain baskets. These country baskets make wonderful heirloom gifts.
Welcome to Granny's Basket Shop! I craft each of these practical and beautiful baskets by hand. All my baskets are individually dyed using stain made by crushing walnuts and soaking them until the color is perfect, creating a warm, rustic appearance. I sometimes incorporate colored weavers or hand-painted designs into certain baskets. These country baskets make wonderful heirloom gifts.
rgallowa1 on May 24, 2016
I used this basket to hold greeting cards at a retirement party, and then gave the basket with the cards to the honoree. She was thrilled as was I--beautiful craftsmanship by a talented artist.
Welcome to my workshop in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia...
I started making baskets about 30 or so years ago after reading a local newspaper advertisement about basket-making classes. My neighbor and I decided we'd give it a try and see if we could do it.
We went to class once a week for two hours, and it took about three classes to make a basket since we were just learning.
My first basket was an 8-inch egg basket, and it looked just like one my daddy made about 80 years ago.
I guess I got the knack of making baskets from my daddy. He got sticks from the woods and would sit there and whittle out a basket when he was curing tobacco at the barn.
After I got the hang of making an egg basket, I made a "granny basket" and started ordering material to make more.
One day I saw a man at the farmers' market in Raleigh selling his baskets, and I asked him to cut me some long strips of white oak. I measured exactly how wide and tall I wanted each handle made, and from then on my husband would cut, bend, and staple the strips for me so I could make my own handles.
The handles were used as part of weaving a magazine basket, Jeremiah basket, two-pint basket, ribbon basket, egg baskets of all sizes, market basket, cottage basket, mustard basket, potato masher basket, candle basket, trash basket, and utensil basket. It depends on the size how long it takes to make each basket.
All the baskets are handmade out of ash and white oak. They're all different...some have colored weavers, some I've painted apples and hearts on, but all are dipped in my homemade walnut stain.
You could find me at craft shows in South Boston, Williamsburg, Callands, and Lynchburg. I've had lots of people come to my house to buy baskets, and one girl bought one of everything I've ever made; she has a house full of my baskets!
I've loved making baskets and still like to do it...although I'm not as fast as I used to be. Now I teach my granddaughters as they watch me make these heirloom crafts.
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Mildred "Granny" Daniel
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