on 4 April 2003
this book is very good if you are into the native american style of basketry. these baskets are very beautiful but they're not the same type as traditional english baskets. she does have one english-type (willow) basket in here, but it's very simple and doesn't really help much. all the other baskets are reed and of quite a different style and construction.
having said that it is a very good book, but only if you want details on a very specific style (try looking at the bigger picture of the cover to see the details).
hope this is helpful to you...
on 5 July 1998
Great photos usually show more than one variation of each basket. A "story" behind each basket provides a sense of usefulness and history. Directions are for a basic basket with suggestions for the variations. All instructions are clear, with detailed drawings for the difficult-to- explain areas such as lashings, twill patterns, and weaving transitions. Superb book!
on 14 February 2006
Until I bought this book, I had never made a woven basket, only coiled ones. This book has made it easy for me to progress from one to the other. It has great technical drawings, easy to understand instructions, and beautiful photographs. The sections covering terminology, helpful hints, and resources have also been useful to me. This book also has a great variety of patterns, of which "Feather Basket" and "Potato Basket" are my favorites. I recommend The Basket Book for beginning basket makers.
J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles, and basket maker