Monday, October 31, 2011

resources for basketry

Basket made from reeds and sweetgrass.
      Basket weaving (also basketry, basket making, or basketmaking) is the process of weaving unspun vegetable fibres into a basket or other similar form. People and artists who weave baskets are called basketmakers and basket weavers.
      Basketry is made from a variety of fibrous or pliable materials•anything that will bend and form a shape. Examples include pine straw, stems, animal hair, hide, grasses, thread, and wood.

Basketry Comes in Four Types:
  • "Coiled" basketry - using grasses and rushes
  • "Plaiting" basketry - using materials that are wide and ribbon-like, such as palms, yucca or New Zealand flax
  • "Twining" basketry - using materials from roots and tree bark. Twining actually refers to a weaving technique where two or more flexible weaving elements ("weavers") cross each other as they weave through the stiffer radial spokes.
  • "Wicker" and "Splint" basketry - using reed, cane, willow, oak, and ash
More About Basketry:
Video About Basketry:
Basketry Lesson Plans: 
  1. Basket making by Sue Stewart
  2. Weaving with plastic cups by Susan Holland
  3. Basket Weaving from Craft Revival
  4. Fiber Arts Curriculum from Basketweaving.com
  5. Reeds and Rainwater Make Baskets
  6. Lesson on basket coiling
  7. Choctaw Baskets: Weaving the Past and Present
  8. Telephone wire basket
  9. Fiber Coiled Baskets