Handmade Baskets Paperback – 1 Mar 2006
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This step-by-step guide describes how to make a selection of baskets using materials from hedgerows, woods and gardens. The author explains which materials are particularly suitable, and gives a comprehensive list of equipment. Excellent diagrams and photographs will help the novice produce a simple round basket, and a chapter on variation in design and weave will inspire further projects. Highly recommended.-START
About the Author
Susie Vaughan lives in Gwent, South Wales, with her husband and three children. After leaving school, she trained and worked as a journalist on the South Wales Argus. She made her first basket with willow from a tree that had fallen across a local brook, following insructions in a magazine. Her basketmaking began as a hobby but she soon decided to specialise in hedgerow baskets, intruiged by the natural range of colour and texture. She now gives talks and demonstrations and her work has been exhibited at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and many regional galleries.
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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.
Buy one or the other, but not both.
The baskets described are 'hedgerow' baskets, made from foraged materials, although it does also discuss farmed willow and home-grown materials. Be aware that apart from the farmed willow, the materials are only available in winter, once the sap is down. So if you buy this at another time of year, then be prepared for a wait before you can practice yourself. For this reason I haven't been able to try the techniques yet, but I think I now understand the process, and am keen to have a go.
I bought this book as I'd done a bit of willow work in the past, but had not attempted a basket. I'll definitely be having ago once the materials become available. I would recommend this book as a companion to another book, but can't recommend it on its own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful book. After doing a weekend course on making basket I wanted to continue at home. Bought this book and another to help me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LAH
An informative guide to using unusual materials in basketry - I can't wait to try out some of the projects.Published 3 months ago by Martin Smith
Easy to follow instructions. Great book for beginning basketmakingPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer