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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...
hannah
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on 16 December 1998
This book is very good for the beginning basket weaver. It also gives the intermediate weaver many challenges. The author starts off with general terms of the trade and defines them. It also provides the hands on instructions you need to weave each basket. A little more instruction and conversation on staining and dyeing would have made it even better.
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on 4 September 1998
This is the first book I bought as a beginning basket weaver. It has clear directions and wonderful illustrations. I've been able to make every basket without difficulty. It has a nice selection of different types of baskets. I would strongly recommend it for the beginning weaver as well as those more experienced.
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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!
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on 2 November 1998
Lyn Siler has put together a great selection of basket patterns for the full spectrum of basket weavers. The instructions are extremely well-written and the illustrations and tips are wonderful. Definitely a top recommendation for anyone who enjoys weaving baskets.
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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
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on 5 January 2015
A practical book on baskets and basket making. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to start into basketry.
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