Welcome to the world of beginning basketry! Here's three great projects to get you started on a good case of "weaver fever" on the road to successful basket making.
Cherokee "style" Bushel Basket:
The perfect introduction into plaited basketry (over/under). It begins with a slotted wooden base with the sides gradually coming up to form the bushel basket. Woven in natural, black, and red dyed reed to that forms Cherokee Cross design at the mid-point in the basket. Finishes with two carved bushel handles at the top of the basket. If you want to be introduced to basic beginning basket making terms and techniques this is a great first project.
Another great choice basketry choice for the beginner the Hound dog shopper begins with a rectangular slotted base in black, tan, and natural reed. Embellished with Cherokee wheels and over the shoulder black webbing to tote your craft supplies, books, or whatever needs hauling in style.
An introduction into rib constructed basketry. If you've been apprehensive about jumping into ribs this is a great first project. This project starts out with a round hoop and a D handle. You'll learn how to lash the bow tie AND a couple of Jill's tricks that really make this basket easier to weave up. The best thing about this project is that there are only ribs added to the BOTTOM of the basket. You can opt to have Jill weave the lashing and the ribs for you so you can get on with the fun part of weaving up the basket if you choose. Once you've tackled this first rib constructed project you'll be ready for something more challenging like the Twill Oval Melon or the Lupine Egg Basket (or the mega 4-lobed Grandma's basket).
NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO: The COMPLETE SERIES - Appalachian Herb Drying Basket, now available. Beginning with the tools required and ending with the finished product we show you every step of the way to complete the Herb Drying basket with FREE instructional videos. CLICK HERE to ACCESS