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During most years, we make our heart shaped baskets around Valentine’s Day. That’s not to say that I believe they should be relegated to the February holiday. In fact, we have a Penny Lane inspired heart shaped basket here at the farmhouse that resides on top of our antique piano year-round.
Making these hearts near Valentine’s Day was more of a reflection of what our customers ask for. By the time February comes to an end, they are usually looking forward to the bright colored egg baskets and Easter baskets they have come to look forward to. So, we move on to spring.
This is far from a normal year. So, when I received a kind inquiry about our heart shaped baskets, I was intrigued by the idea. When I learned that a member of our community was hoping to send a symbol of love and encouragement to someone dear to them who is battling an illness, heart shaped baskets were added to my sewing queue.
While I only needed to stitch up one little heart for this order, I didn’t feel like stopping there. So, I stitched up a batch of them. It stands to reason that many of us have people who we can’t be with, can’t see in person. Yet we find ourselves wanting to remind them that they hold our hearts and we hold them in ours.
2020 seems like a good year to make more hearts, to send more love out into the world. I hope that you agree.
This is Small Heart Shaped Table Basket # 1510. It was handmade at the farmhouse on August 23, 2020. This basket features a pale combination of solid and patterned fabrics in shades of lavender, peach, pink, blue, and white. The fabrics are accented by carnation pink zigzag stitching.
This Small Heart Shaped Table Basket stands 2 inches high. The top opening of the basket measures approximately 5 x 7.25 inches. The base is a heart measuring roughly 3 x 5 inches.
Because of the handmade nature of our baskets, each one will have its own unique appearance and slight variation in size and shape. Each basket is shaped by hand as it is stitched together at the sewing machine, so no two baskets are exactly alike. Each one is a true original.
All of our coiled fabric baskets are made by hand at 1840 Farm. Each fabric strip is torn by hand before being combined with other complimentary fabrics and then wrapped around a length of cording, joining the fabrics as we go. The fabric wrapped cord is then coiled and stitched together using a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine. I continue to wrap the coil and shape the basket as it is stitched, ending each one in our trademark spiral design.
We blend new fabrics with select repurposed fabrics to create a pleasing color palette for each item. Each piece has its own unique color pattern and slight variation in shape. Because every piece is handmade, each one is a true original. Our handmade baskets display the raw edge of the fabrics used to create it. They are handmade in our non-smoking farmhouse.
I make our fabric items using the same technique my Great Grandmother used over 50 years ago. She lovingly transformed worn out clothing into useful household items that were used in their New England farmhouse. While her items were made purely for utility purposes, it is my goal to create beautiful handmade items that can serve a useful purpose in your home.
This basket is part of our 1840 Farm Basket Collection. Each basket in the Collection comes with a hand signed product tag that includes the date that the basket was finished. Each basket is numbered and displayed in our photo gallery.
Our fabric baskets can be cleaned by spot washing or in the gentle cycle of your washing machine. Gently reshape the basket while still damp and allow to air dry. Overturning the damp basket on top of a bowl will ensure that it retains its shape while drying.
This listing is for the basket only. Other items shown in the photographs are not included in the sale price. Those items were used for photographic purposes only. Their use was intended to show the utility and various uses of the basket.
We also make custom pieces to order. Contact us if you have questions or would like to place a custom order. We would love to work together to make a beautiful piece just for you. We hope to be sending something special from our farmhouse to your house soon!