Meet the Maker - Lisa McClure

I started making baskets last year. Thanks to Ruth’s online tutorials- they inspired my corona craft obsession, the perfect pastime during the extensive Melbourne lockdown.

I lost my lovely husband three years ago and live with our 3 wonderful teenagers in Melbourne’s inner east - it’s a bit of a mad house with too many pets and a large garden. I work part time in a fabulous providore in Fitzroy. Needless to say there’s not a lot of time for deliberate creativity.

My family has had a tough few years and creativity was largely stymied for a long time. In Melbourne’s strict covid lockdown I’ve had plenty of time to reflect. The anxiety has bubbled and risen, the boredom had cast a blanket over us all.

Basket making has been a godsend. It is a tactile, calming process akin to meditation. Stitching keeps me in the moment, a methodical, careful process that creates beauty & purpose, and tempers my anxiety. I’m new at this but loving the creative outlet, enjoying the natural colour palette & materials and finding pleasure in the simplicity of an ancient craft.

Upcycling really appeals to me, so textile coiled baskets hit the spot. I love using beautiful cherished bits of fabric. I find this technique most challenging and I’m still learning but pieces I’ve made are very special and make lovely, much appreciated gifts.

I also love raffia baskets and I'd never used raffia before, it's wonderful to use a natural fibre, I love the texture and the rustling sound it makes when you are stitching. I've had fun with colours and techniques and have even managed to stitch some old bottles into vases.

Here are some more images of Lisa's work - her instagram profile is

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We buy our raffia from The Raffia Connection and String Harvest

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