In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Calling It Done”, Martin is determined to create a basket for Mr. Brown to gather eggs. He manages to create something durable and well-suited to the purpose, but struggles to know when to call it done. I’m sure we can all relate; we’ve all found ourselves at one time or another in the middle of a project struggling to call it finished, knowing that there are still ways that it can be changed or improved.
Work through the process of calling it done with your little one as you make a woven berry basket. Will you cover the whole basket or just a part? Go all one direction with your yarn or several? Use one color or more than one? Weave a little bit and then decide when to step away; like Martin, you’ll need to choose when to call it done.
You Will Need
Plastic Berry Basket
Large Yarn Needle
What To Do
Start by cutting a length of yarn a yard or so in length. Thread the yarn through the eye of your large yarn needle.
At a corner of the basket, tie a knot attaching the end of the yarn to the basket.
For younger ones, it might be easier to have the yarn work as a double-strand, with both ends tied to the basket, that way the end of the yarn won’t slip out through the eye of the needle.
Weave your yarn around your basket. In and out. Over and under. Up and down.
When you’ve come to the end of your length of yarn, tie it again to the basket with a simple knot. Then begin again with another length of yarn, or don’t. Call it done whenever you’d like.
Once your weaving is finished, push all the knots to the center of the basket and trim the yarn ends.
Find something special to put in your new woven basket!
Explore More & Make Connections
Do you have any other baskets in your home? What materials are they made out of? Who do you suppose made them?
About the Authors
Andrea Folsom describes herself as a writer, editor, creative maker, and eternal optimist. She is passionate about learning and sharing new creative techniques, making beautiful spaces, and talking about the social-emotional benefits of creativity and art. She runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Danielle Reiner.
Danielle Reiner describes herself as a creative, a maker, and a mama. At the heart of her story is creativity, though that hasn’t always been the case. She rediscovered her deeply hidden creativity early in adulthood – with a ball of yarn and a couple of knitting needles – and hasn't stopped since. Danielle also runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Andrea Folsom.