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Handmade Baskets Paperback – 1 Mar 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; New edition edition (Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844481530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844481538
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 0.9 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Having just started basket making, I was lent this book, and it has encouraged me to prune my plants more often, especially with an eye to using the materials in making a basket. This adds a twofold interest to your gardening and walks along country lanes. If you have never made a basket do read this easy guide and have a "go"
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I have seen books on basket making before, and they have been difficult to follow and uninspiring. Susie Vaughan's baskets are beautiful and interesting, as she carefully picks her materials to make decorative as well as practical containers. The instructions are all illustrated with clear photographs of real baskets, and I find this so much easier to follow than sketches. A great book, you'll be inspired!
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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.
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inspires you to give it a go and very good explaination and digrams. With this book and a pair of secateurs, youll be able to make baskets. Its written with the total novice in mind and shows that you can collect all the materials for free from hedgerows and gardens. Discussion of the relative merits of various weaving woods and various techniques too.
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Handmade Baskets (Paperback) by Susie Vaughan is a must have book, but watch out, it is the same book as 'Handmade Baskets from nature's colourful materials' (Paperback) by Susie Vaughan, also published by Search Press Ltd - Look at them both on the Look Inside facility.
Buy one or the other, but not both.
Happy basketmaking!
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I ordered this book expecting it to give me instructions on how to make baskets,It goes into great length about how to go out and gather the willow etc. but very little on what to do with it.
Very disappointed.
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A generally well laid out book, with lots of good step-by-step photos. However it does launch in too quickly by not explaining some of the terminology, and not explaining others until right at the end of the book. I feel a lot more time should have been taken to explain the basic terminology right at the beginning, as I had to read many of the sections several times before I understood them.

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.
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Good in step by step ways to produce baskets, and has lovely clear photo illustrations. Having made a basket on holiday in Center Parcs recently, I am fired up to learn more. I shall certainly use this book to learn more. Already I have learned one can use all sorts of branches other than willow, many of which I already have in my garden.
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