basket weaving on my mind…
Posted in australia, handmade, interiors November 3rd, 2009 by pia


How incredibly inspiring is this home of basket maker Harriet Goodall? Set in a small town near the beautiful Southern Highlands in New South Wales (Australia), Harriet and her husband Mat have set up home in this rented cottage and have filled it with all sort of found and handmade objects.



I’m not going to go into it further because Sohi magazine has the whole scoop here – I suggest you make a cuppa, and read every word.

Not to mention this new magazine Sohi looks completely wonderful and I really really want to get my hands on a copy – it has my ethos aaaaall over it. If anyone out there has copies, and you live in or near Sydney, could you save/collect them for me? I want to devour every page when I get back there. Perhaps I need to move to the Southern Highlands to get a copy. I will if I have to.


PS seriously thinking about basket making. Not that I need another project but wow, don’t you think it would be a fabulous hobby?

PPS if anyone knows more about Harriet Goodall (I can’t find her in the web), please tell me more, I’m very interested in her work.


images by Todd Sutherland, found on the ever-lovely Concrete & Honey.

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  1. Liberty Post Editor says

    I love that word, ‘ethos’. And yes, I think this craft would be very therapeutic. I believe it would need great skill and patience. (not quite as instant as digital photography!) Hope you are well and happy. LPxo

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  2. mlle paradis says

    Wonderful wonderful textures!

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  3. Rach says

    I love baskets! I always wanted to try it myself and I recently did with a kit from

    It was tons of fun and yes, very therapeutic. You should check out his shop, he’s a lovely fella. 🙂

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  4. Katherine says

    Basket weaving is very fun and not difficult at all if you get the right instruction. I learned when I was a very small girl and it was an extremely soothing, satisfying activity. I suggest weaving with reeds (rather than woods slats) and finding someone whose work looks seamless to show you the way. A good basket is one where you can’t tell where one reed ends and another begins.

    November 3rd, 2009 | #

  5. Angela Negro says

    The tradition of basket weaving is still alive in France – but I love those Aussie ones (not biased of course 🙂 My my – from Amsterdam to Aussie in the blink of an eye. You are an inspiration!

    November 3rd, 2009 | #

  6. Melissa says

    I received my first copy of Sohi magazine last week & like the Southern Highlands, it’s divine! You’ll love it Pia!

    November 4th, 2009 | #

  7. katiecrackernuts says

    I’ve done a course with an Aboriginal basket weaver and can weave baskets. Wish I had more time to do it more justice. I have dilly bags and others half made all around the place. Good thing they look so good even when they’re not finished.

    November 4th, 2009 | #

  8. Paris Parfait says

    I am mad about baskets and love what they’ve done with things that are meaningful to them. That really is what a home should be all about – not some designers’ showcase, but full of items that are sentimental and pleasing to the individuals who live there. xo

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  9. Nancy says

    What beautiful photos. I love baskets and weaving. I weave with reed though and you can see my work on my blog.
    The work you showed was truly beautiful. I know you don’t need another hobby, none of us do, but at least give it a try.

    November 4th, 2009 | #

  10. Barb McMahon says

    Another website to look at and drool over. You’re very bad for my productivity, Pia. That’s why I like you so much!

    November 6th, 2009 | #

  11. The Shopping Sherpa says

    I’ve just returned from a 21 hour flying visit to Bowral, partly based on your post about Sohi magazine. I picked up 5 spare copies and am happy to post you one if you still need it…

    December 2nd, 2009 | #

  12. Harriet Goodall says

    Hi Pia, This is Harriet. Thanks for your lovely comments – it was the first time I had done a shoot at home so very nice to have so much attention from it. The SoHi story led to another one which is coming out in the next Australian Country Style ‘people’ section which will have more studio pics and some of my little family too. I have some baskets available for sale of which I can email photos and I am happy to answer your questions about basketry and my influences if I am able.
    Happy holidays!

    December 23rd, 2009 | #

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