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Useful and inspirational,
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This review is from: Handmade Baskets (Paperback)
I bought this book a few weeks ago because there are a lot of willow trees and hedgerows in my area that I pass regularly when I walk our dog. I kept meaning to find ways of utilising these natural materials in a practical way and being in love with cottage crafts, I thought basket-making would fit the bill. So I signed myself up for a local basket-making workshop and bought this book to prime myself beforehand. Well, the course was good, but this book was better.
Each stage in the basket-making process is clearly explained, step-by-step with diagrams. You can take your time practicing each step without being rushed on a course as I was. The author encourages you to look at the natural materials available to you in your environment as well as plant materials that you can grow in your own garden and tells you exactly what the essential tools are to get you started: a pair of secateurs and a screwdriver or knitting needle. That's it!
The unusual and original baskets that one can create after acquainting oneself with the simple techniques in this book are the stuff of heirlooms. I particularly like the way the author weavers cones, leaves of ivy and bay and oak apples into the basket.
I am now looking at my rather overgrown Rosemary bush and whip-like Wisteria stems with various baskets in mind, whereas ordinarily the prunings would have ended up in the compost bins.