When we first arrived in Cortambert we were invited by Pascale to join her vannerie group. The first year we went out into the woods and collected our own hazel and willow to make the typical Burgundian wicker baskets. In 2012 we had a trip out to a warehouse in Meximieux near Lyon and brought home all colours and thickness of rattan. Of this we made bird feeders, table mats and bowls. After a couple of years interest dwindled as there is a limit to the number of woven things you can use and have room for, so ‘vannerie’ became ‘handicrafts’ encompassing painting, needlework, model making, in fact anything you can think of particularly if it’s messy.
Our mission at the moment is to prepare for the Loto Gourmand which will take place in Cortambert on Sunday March 13th. The prizes will be baskets of hams, wines and terrines, all beautifully presented in cellophane and decorated with ribbons. Last year we did rattan baskets decorated with stuffed animals. This year the challenge is to decorate hessian bags and wooden oyster boxes.
The handicrafts group…
…hard at work
A pile of oyster boxes left to dry
Some of the decorations on the bags
Marie Antoinette modelling her ‘kissing’ bag
And what works of art they are. The winners of the Loto will be very lucky.
Handicrafts sessions are every Wednesday and alternate Saturday afternoons. If anyone feels like popping in for a session I’m sure they would be made most welcome.
The Loto Gourmand, Sunday 13th March at the foyer rural Cortambert.