10 EASY Videos to Weave the Adirondack Backpack

Jill Choate  | Jill Choate Basketry

The Large Adirondack Backpack was on my weaving bucket list for YEARS.  It was one of those I'd LOVE to do this but I knew I couldn't get it right.  That was until I ran into Janet Greenhoe on a basket tour.  

Janet told me, "Jill, if you will take me salmon fishing, I will show you the way of backpacks".  Well, since I lived in Talkeetna, AK at the time all I needed was an excuse to go fishing.  It was a glorious day and we limited out our catch of silver salmon.   I was the one to score big time however as Janet presented me with a hand woven backpack. The biggest gift however was the pattern on how to weave the backpack.

Since then I've woven a LOT of backpacks and taught a LOT of students how to do so too.  The secret to weaving an Adirondack backpack is in the tape measure.

We break down the process in these 10 EASY VIDEOS (plus one) so that your next backpack is super easy to weave up.

The base:

Chicken feet:

Twining the base:

Upset the base:

Weaving the sides:

Weaving the corners:

7 rows up on the basket:

9" high on the basket bringing it in:

Put the handle in EARLY:

Weave-a-long:

False rim:

 

There you have it!  A beautiful, hand crafted, backpack that you'll have to use for forages into the forest and display at the cabin when not in use. 

CLICK HERE: Large Adirondack Backpack KIT

CLICK HERE: Med Adirondack Backpack KIT

 


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4 Responses

Jill
Jill

August 12, 2017

Hi Staci:

You asked how much material is required to weave the Adirondack Backpack. There are 13 different types of reed included in the Adirondack Backpack kit to make the basket. So, I’m not sure how to answer your question. I you haven’t wove a basket in a while I would encourage you to purchase the kit and watch the video. With the accompanying pattern directions you should do fine weaving up my version of the Adirondack Backpack.

Here’s the links in case you’re interested:

Med Backpack: https://www.jchoatebasketry.com/products/copy-of-adirondack-medium-backpack-pattern
Large Backpack: https://www.jchoatebasketry.com/products/backpack-adirondack-large

Staci
Staci

August 12, 2017

This tutorial has me very excited to revisit the basket making I did about 20 years ago when I was a girl scout! Thank you for sharing! One question I have is regarding the materials. Since I am very new to basket making, approximately how much material do you need to complete this basket? Thank you!

Cassie
Cassie

June 18, 2017

This video series is fantastic. I’ve been making/teaching pack baskets for six years, and was looking for some new inspiration and tips, when I happened upon your videos. Fantastic. Oh, AND, I live about ten minutes from Western Pleasure. Small world!

Heidi Chromik
Heidi Chromik

November 17, 2016

Hi,

I just received my kit to make the large pack basket. I am so excited! I have watched all the videos regarding this basket however, I have never done a false rim. Is there a video for finishing the basket or is it the same as any other basket?

Thank you,
Heidi
P.S. Thank you for the Tootsie rolls!!! What a sweet surprise!

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