Learning a new craft is teaching me more than a new set of skills. It is teaching me about my attitude to learning, creativity and more importantly, making mistakes.
I set to work making another kete/basket. Each time I set myself a new challenge while trying to improve on the basic techniques. On this one I was wanting to make a ridge at the base and near the top with a horizontal twill between.
It all went well until near the top when it quickly became clear that I should have done one less row of twill as I was runing out of material. As I tried to finish off I pulled the ridge too tight in one place so that when I completed the kete and turned it right side out . . . bugger! There were the offending tight bits right in the front. Now aside from saying “bugger” I found myself thinking about what I could do to use this mistake . . . I did not berate myself, the IC (Inner Critic) did not even get a say!
So what to do, what to do? It should have looked like this on both sides albeit with a wider band at the top.
Using the principle of enough of anything can look good it now looks like this on the front.
As if it wasn’t enough to add the fringing (shredded harakeke/flax) I broke out the beads that have sat in a bag since I left Thailand 5 years ago and went a little bonkers . . . and I think putting the beads in took almost as long as weaving the kete.
So what did I learn? Yes, enough of anything can look good (but I sort of knew than already), a mistake can lead somewhere interesting if you embrace it, time is of no consequence whan you’re having fun and I know to do another round of taki tahi (one under, one over weave) before I finish off.
Often times I’ll ask, “what’s the worst that could happen?” The answer, in this case was I might need to undo some of it it and the weave up the last few rounds however my mucking around worked . . . a treat . . . even if I do say so myself.
Learning is such a pleasure when we choose to participate.