Weaving the Basket
The techniques in focus: Random weave, Twining, and More
Random weave is one of my absolute favorites. While it is called ‘random’ there is really a lot of technique and strategy involved in creating a solid and well-balanced basket with it. It is perfect for vines and longer materials and for incorporating fun found materials.
Twining is technique in which two weavers are twined around splints to create a tightly woven and solid basket. Used by people all over the world, twining is a technique that can be adapted to use with many different long flexible materials. In this class we will use locally harvested cattails, basswood fiber, dogbane, and other materials for weavers and inner tree bark from a variety of tree species for the stakes. Throughout the weekend we will cover how to find, harvest, and process the multitude of natural materials that we utilize in the baskets for those who are excited to get out in the field and collect materials for your own baskets at home.
What does a day of basketry look like?
To see some examples of baskets and student experiences from single day workshops check out the blog posts below or visit my current/past workshops page. There is such an amazing array of students that take my classes and I’m always impressed with the creativity and individuality that comes out when a person sits down and allows themselves the time to make something beautiful with their hands.